|Photo Gallery, Review & Specifications
2012 Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin introduced the new Virage - supremely elegant and powerful, yet juxtaposed as an understated sports car. The marque can now provide customers with a class-leading range, all with different characters, yet with the same unique Aston Martin soul and luxury. (continued below)
|2012 Virage Photo Gallery
Virage Completes the Aston Martin Sporting GT Line-Up, Sitting Between DBS and DB9
|Source: Aston Martin | Published: Sat Mar 26, 2011
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Beautiful, dynamic and prestigious, the Virage combines outright sports car
performance with luxury, comfort and refinement. The front mid-mounted V12
engine's torque delivery provides outstanding performance, coupled with the
car's inherent agility and perfect weight distribution delivering the ideal
balance between outright sports car performance and trademark sporting luxury
exemplified by modern Aston Martins.
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."
The Virage sits between the enduringly elegant DB9 and overtly sporting DBS,
providing customers with a car that remains luxurious and understated but
delivers increased performance and crucially performance that is always
accessible for effortless driving.
Virage sits low and wide asserting the power which lies beneath; single bi-xenon
headlamps follow the lines of the car's flanks to give a more crisp and modern
look from the front. A new aluminum metal front grille, inspired by the One-77,
features five horizontal vanes which are chamfered creating an aerofoil profile.
The new front bumper is pure and relieves the car of any visual complexities,
contributing to the overall simplicity of design. The front wings distinguish
the Virage from its stable mates housing a new modern interpretation of the
Aston Martin iconic side strake housing six LEDs elegantly forming the side
repeater. Virage's side sills carry the simplicity of the front bumper through
to the rear diffuser which houses a body-coloured blade accentuating the width
of the car.
As drivers and passengers
open the signature swan wing doors, they are greeted by the aroma of seven hides
of the finest Bridge of Weir leather expertly hand stitched by craftsmen.
Inspiration has been taken from luxury leather goods to produce a pinstripe welt
which flows down either side of the facia and along the seat and door, drawing
your eye through the car. Each Virage will have 70 man hours of expert
craftsmanship lavished on the interior alone to create the famous sophisticated
Aston Martin interior. In all, over 200 man hours will be spent handcrafting the
Virage at Aston Martin's global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England as
it becomes the tenth major production car to be built there in the space of less
than eight years.
Simplicity runs throughout the car with the new fully
integrated Satellite Navigation system that has been developed in conjunction
with Garmin. The new system simplifies operation through the existing four-way
joystick mounted on the facia. A new 6.5 inch high resolution display uses the
latest graphics and maps to visually and aurally guide the driver to their
Aston Martin Virage: Review (2/2)
|Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
||362 cu in (5935 cc)
||490 hp @ 6500 RPM
||420 lb-ft @ 5750 RPM
||Rear Wheel Drive
||6 Speed Automatic
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
|Tire Size Front - Rear
||245/35 R20 - 295/30 R20
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)