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Christopher Bruce2013-06-06 15:48:50

Aston Martin May Build Bertone Jet as Rapide Wagon

May be built by Bertone or Aston Martin depending on production

 
 
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The Jet 2+2 was shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year

The Aston MartinAston MartinAston MartinUnited Kingdom, 1914 > present62 models
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RapideRapideAston Martin RapideUnited Kingdom, 2010 > present11 versions
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has not been the rousing success that Aston Martin expected. The car was supposed to take on high-style sedans like the Mercedes CLSMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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and Porsche Panamera, but it has not proved very popular. A possible way to boost sales might be to offer the Rapide as a wagon like the Bertone Jet 2+2Rapide Jet 2+2Bertone Rapide Jet 2+2Italy, 2013 > 20133 photos
concept at the Geneva Motor Show. It is possible that Aston Martin and Bertone might partner to build the Jet 2+2. 

The BertoneBertoneBertoneItaly, 1912 > present11 models
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Jet 2+2 was originally created as a one-off commissioned by a Bertone customer. Now, Aston Martin and Bertone see the opportunity to build more of them. There are some details still to be hammered out. The two biggest questions are what to call the production version and what company will build them. 

Bertone owns the Jet name having made three different cars using it in its history, and it does not want to share it with Aston Martin. A likely name is the Rapide Shooting Brake.

The other question is who will build it. Bertone has the capacity to build them if there are fewer than 10 orders. More than that and Aston Martin will have to build them.

Source: Autocar

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BertoneBertone
Rapide Jet 2+2Rapide Jet 2+2
Engine
V 12
Displacement
362 cu in
Top Speed
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Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
470 hp @ 6000 rpm
Type
Fastback
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
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price
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annual ownership cost
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