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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:

It’s good that finally a faster edition has launched at the speed of 186mph. It’s totally cool at the exterior. About the interior, it is much sporty.

If you are wondering what Virage means, it is a French word which means “twist, bend, turn and curve”. There’s nothing wrong I can say about this car. Aston Martin really amuses car enthusiast.

I’m so impressed with the decent appearance of this Virage, and I have to agree that white body paint only adds and emphasized the beauty of this vehicle! However, I wonder if they didn’t use a V12 engine on this?

This vehicle is definitely looks so lovely and attractive on its exterior appearance even on its body paint. Good thing as well that it has a very impressive engine which only gives me an idea that it is fun to drive with.

I love the sporty interior of this Martin Virage, and I must give also some compliment to its cool exterior. Good thing as well that it has an impressive and efficient engine specification which is only suited for it.

It looks more attractive on a white body paint and decent either. Well, the architecture of this Virage is perfect and that is very noticeable on it, and I also have to agree that its engine is really so impressive for it.

They say that this Virage and its rival which is Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale has the same market price, and that is $205,000 too pricey! Is it because on their engine?

Yeah! I have to agree that this Virage is already looking so appealing and awesome in spite of having only a simple detailing, but I also noticed that the car lines on its front bumper make this car look aggressive.

The headlight of this Virage is absolutely full of angst! I also love the sporty interior of it. Well, this one is truly a very satisfying vehicle for it has an impressive engine output.

Yeah! I have to agree with you Aaron Lexus, but admit it, they are both a good-looking car and very appealing. smiley Anyway, I’m quite already impressed on its engine output, that can surely give a nice speed on this vehicle.

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.

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