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2012 Aston Martin Virage


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 forAston 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.

Exterior

Aston Martin Virage

The new Virage is built on the same aluminum ‘VH’ architecture that was used for the DB9 and the Rapide sedan. This VH architecture takes inspiration from the aerospace industry where weight reduction is the ultimate goal.

The model will be further distinguished by a new aluminum metal front grille with five horizontal vanes, inspired by the One-77 , a new front bumper, distinctive front wings with six LEDs, single bi-xenon headlamps, and a rear diffuser which houses a body-colored blade accentuating the width of the car.

Interior

Aston Martin Virage

For the interior, Aston Martin is offering a combination of seven of the finest Bridge of Weir leather used down either side of the fascia and along the seat and signature swan wing doors. The creation of the interior alone took 70 out of the 200 man hours needed to complete each vehicle, ensuring the highest quality one comes to expect from such a car.

Standard equipment on the Virage will include: a new fully integrated Satellite Navigation system that has been developed in conjunction with Garmin, heated seats (Sports seats only), cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone preparation, and the 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II and full iPod integration.

Engine

Aston Martin Virage

Under the hood, Aston Martin has placed a hand-built 6.0 liter V12 engine that produces 490 HP and 420 lb.-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted on the transaxle contributing to a perfect 50:50 weight balance.

The driver will have the option of pushing a "Sport" button that will help him select a sharper throttle response and faster gear changes while also holding the gears without automatically shifting up at the revolution limiter.

The new Virage will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

Controlling the power on the road is a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that controls the Virage’s road-gripping capabilities with five different stiffness settings within normal mode, and a further five stiffer settings within sport mode. Stopping power will come from the standard - yes we said standard - Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes that are significantly lighter than conventional cast-iron discs, aiding the Virage in its performance.

Prices

Aston Martin Virage

The new Virage is now on sale in 41 countries. The weird part is that prices haven’t even been announced yet; they will be revealed at its official debut in Geneva.

Competition

Aston Martin Virage

The new Aston Martin Virage will take on models like the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale . The Maserati is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine that delivers 450 HP and sprints the car to a top speed of 186 mph. The Gran Turismo MC Stradale is priced at $205,000 and we expect a similar price for the new Aston Martin.

With similar styling and performance, the Aston Martin Virage and the Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale are neck in neck. IT seems that customer preference will be the only thing helping sell one model over the other. That is, unless the Aston Martin comes out with an astronomical price tag.

Aston Martin Virage
LOVE IT
  • Fast and light
  • Cool exterior look
  • Sporty interior
LEAVE IT
  • Could have been more powerful
  • If it’s expensive, people can just opt for the Maserati



59 comments:

Virage is truly looked like their Vantage! Anyway, I love the sporty and very classy interior of this Virage. It sounds so great either that it had a powerful engine output!

186 mph is truly great on this Virage! Well, I’m also glad that it had a new Adaptive Damping System. I just only hope that it is better than the previous one. smiley

Its engine specification is kind of impressive but not great for a sports car. Anyway, I love the exterior detailing of this vehicle, and I notice that it had a cute headlamp! smiley

Virage is truly a striking and elegant vehicle, but I am hoping that it can also offer an impressive and comfortable interior. However, I must say that its engine specification is absolutely very striking on it.

Virage is truly looks so cool on its aesthetic exterior appearance, and I must say that I really love the angst on its headlights. Anyway, I’m glad that it had an impressive engine specification.

The power output of this Virage is absolutely very impressive but not for a sports car like this one. I think they should need to boost it more. Anyway, I love the simplicity of this sports car.

As for the looks of this one, I can say that Aston Martin Virage is definitely a good-looking car in spite of having only a simple exterior detailing. Furthermore, I’m glad that it had also a striking engine.

This is the indication of real sporty luxury car. I like the creative concept made here. And on the competition base surely there’s similarity but for me Aston Martin Virage still the one.

Virage really had the impressive looks. The headlights give so much angst about it. I must say that I’m impressed with how they perfectly managed the decency and sporty appearance of this car, and its engine is quite good enough for it.

Oh! I simply love this Virage! I really love the decency and the simplicity of the design of it! Very stunning and attractive, and the V12 engine with the 490 horsepower is I think quite good on it.

I think the power output of the v12 engine is not that powerful. I think the aftermarket version needs to boost the speed performance of the car.

Wow! The roadster version of the car look so impressive. However, the speed performance of the vehicle is less powerful. The interior of the car is quite elegant and it seems that the leather seats are comfortable.

In my opinion, they can still create a more powerful car, and it is very pricey for a coupe. However, I like the look of the car which is sporty , and the weight of the car is light that makes the car run fast.

The horsepower of this car is just equivalent to a v8 technology engine! I think they can still boost the power output of this car to an awesome speed performance,

hmm. The design of this car seems awesome and I can see the elegant styling here! However, its kind of disappointing that the speed performance of the car is not that impressive. I was expecting for more power output on its v12 technology.

Well, I don’t see why they would want to push this up to a V12. In my own opinion, the engine that they have on this one is already quite appropriate and will give the car enough power.

Yeah, they have used a bigger engine and yet they haven’t boost the power of this car up to the maximum of V12 technology. Well, as a consolation the interior looks sporty so sporty! I hope an aftermarket version would be better.

Setting aside the grille of this car, it really looks like a Maserati car. However, the power output of this car is disappointing for a V12 technology. A 490 hp can be produced by a v8 engine. However, this car has an amazing interior due to carbon material used on it.

One thing that I wish they have included in the configurator are performance options. Those will certainly add a lot of interest to the car.

I think that the top speed that they have posted are more than adequate for the car. But if you wish to add a few more on this one, you can always use better performance parts.

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