The Aston Martin Virage was the English automaker’s answer to their squared off super cars from the 1980s. The new Virage has squared off horizontal headlights with a truly muscular stance borrowed from the 1990 to 2000 models. The 2+2 started out life powered by a 5.3 Liter V8 making 330 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. Aston also offered a Virage Volante convertible equipped with a four speed Torqueflite automatic transmission with overdrive and made over 350 HP. There was also a high output Vantage Virage powered by a twin supercharged variant of the V8 that made 550 HP and 555 lb-ft of torque. This took the Virage Vantage from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds and all the way up to a top speed of 200 MPH. A special edition V600 model was the top of the line Virage that produced 600 HP.
Aston Martin only recently revived the Virage name when they unveiled the Coupe and Volante versions at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but that revival was only short-lived. The Virage didn’t hit the high mark the company expected in their sales numbers, so they are now shelving the model in hopes that a new DB9 will give them the results they need.
During its short 18 months of production, only 1,000 Virage units were produced simply because customers considered the Virage a more expensive alternative to the current DB9 and didn’t feel like paying the extra money for what seemed like nothing. However, the move to replace the Virage with a new DB9 also comes with monetary adjustments. The future DB9 will get a boost in price when compared to the current generation, with clients expected to pay about £150,000 ($237,000 at the current exchange rates), up from the current £128,000 ($202,000 at the current rates). of course, it will still be cheaper than the Vanquish, which is priced at £190,000 (about $300,000 at the current rates).
When the next Aston Martin DB9 is unveiled in 2013, we will see similar, but more aggressive styling than the Virage. It will also be more powerful than the Virage, utilizing a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 510 HP, but not as powerful as the Vanquish which produces 565 HP.
The Beijing Auto Show has become one of the biggest auto shows in the world, largely because of China’s growing stature as the biggest auto market in the world. So with the ever-increasing spotlight shining brighter and brighter on this event, automakers have taken notice and have put their best feet forward with the cars they bring.
One automaker in particular is Aston Martin, which is coming to Beijing with a special "Limited Edition 88" model. The special edition Aston will be available in a number of models, including the V8 Vantage S, the Virage, and the DBS. A big allure of the Limited Edition 88 model is the fact that it’s being built to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon with the number 88 playing a prominent part, largely because of the number’s symbolism for good fortune and prosperity.
The Limited Edition 88 can be had in a number of different color tones, including Amethyst Red, Volcano Red, and Champagne Gold. Each exterior color comes with a unique interior finish that includes Spicy Red, Deep Purple, and Red Chancellor.
Other elements on the Limited Edition 99 are metal and burl Piano Black finishes with a contrasting Sahara Tan stitching, a special badging that comes with the model number, and dragon logo. True to its special edition nature, the plate is made out of filaments of Metallic Gold, Truffle Cream, Winter Wheat, and Kestrel Tan.
Then there’s the Aston Martin logo, which can be found on the tailgate and is coated with 24-karat gold. Lastly, the Limited Edition 88 has been fitted with a new set of alloy wheels in a ten-spoke design and silver finish and black brake calipers.
The British automaker will only produce 88 models and each will be reserved exclusively for the Chinese market.
Upscale automakers are turning to personalization programs as their new novelty offering to customers. Now it appears that Aston Martin wants a piece of the action.
The British automaker is jumping into the bandwagon with the introduction of the "Q by Aston Martin" personalization program at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. According to Aston, the program is being started as a way to offer premium service that "goes beyond the standard palette of paint, leather and trim finishes."
Mostly covering exterior and interior styling, the Q by Aston Martin program is offering a grocery list of modifications that allows customers the opportunity to design their Aston Martins according to their preferences.
To give the audience at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show a preview of their program, Aston Martin will use an Aston Martin Virage and an Aston Martin Cygnet to showcase the customizable potential of the Q by Aston Martin program.
The Virage, in particular, will be finished in a bespoke Mariana Blue satin paint finish to go with an interior that comes giddy with blue carbon fiber, saddle leather floor mats, yellow detailing, a header-mounted track-day HD video camera, a luggage rack, and a forged, diamond turned wheel.
Similarly, the Cygnet will come dressed with its own unique styling, highlighted by a Cherry Tree raspberry paint with a Kestrel Tan interior. The little hatch will also have a specially developed photographic leather headlining, a tailor-made color-matched three piece luggage set, brogue leather detailing on the seats, and, of course, the token color-matched Brompton bicycle.
Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.
In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.
Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.
The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.
The days before the 17th season of Top Gear are slowly ticking away and BBC is lessening our pain with yet another trailer for the highly anticipated car show. The second trailer is loaded with more images for the upcoming season and also confirms the season opener date: Sunday, June 26th.
Built between 1989 and 2000, the Aston Martin Virage was one of the most powerful sports cars of the moment. It was a model built as a replacement for Aston Martin’s old V8 line-up, and now the name returns once again as a sports car that combines performance with luxury, comfort, and refinement. The model is now on sale in 41 countries, in both coupe and Volante versions.
The new Virage is placed between the DBS and the DB9 and is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine that produces 490 HP and 570 Nm (420 lb. Ft) of torque.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "100 years of automotive history has demonstrated that evolution delivers the best solutions in time. So it is with Virage; it is the next level of evolution in our VH architecture strategy and it does everything with the perfection that you would expect today. It is the perfect balance of opposites."
UPDATE 05/16/11: Aston Martin has released the official configurator for the new Virage model at their website. All you need to do is put your creative hats on, hop on over to the Aston website, and start working!
UPDATE 04/01/12: Aston Martin has released a new driving footage of the Virage Volante, which you can check out by clicking on the photo above. Nothing speaks more to Aston Martin’s character than blasting off on the road with the wind blowing your hair into a million different directions. Enjoy the video, folks!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Aston Martin Virage.
The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and the 2011 event certainly did not disappoint. With over 70 cars lined up and ready to take our breaths away, choosing our favorites between them all was not an easy task.
Sure, there were some easy choices, like the brand spanking new Lamborghini Aventador or the Jaguar XKR-S, or brilliant tuning projects like the ABT R8 GT S. Then there was the job of tossing out the not-so-brilliant vehicles like the Mitsubishi Global Small or the rather useless Rinspeed Bamboo. The 2011 Geneva Motor Show brought out cars from one side of the spectrum to the other, and rifling through them took some time. Some may not agree with our choices and that’s okay. However, everyone can appreciate a beautiful or highly efficient car when they see one, and we’ve gathered some exceptional specimens to share.
Hit the jump to check out our choices for the Best of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The Virage was Aston Martin’s replacement for the decades-old V8 models. Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, it was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 in 1996.