Virage returns to Aston Martin stable

The name Virage is back in the Aston Martin catalogue with the launch of a new Virage at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new Virage sits in the Aston Martin range between the DB9 and the more sporting DBS. Aston Martin say they see it “providing customers with a car that remains luxurious and understated but delivers increased performance and crucially performance that is always accessible for effortless driving”.

Aston Martin Virage

Power comes from Aston Martin’s own 6.0 litre V12 engine, which produces 490 bhp. It is mated to a rear-mounted six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission by a carbon fibre prop shaft, giving the Virage what Aston Martin claim is a “perfect 50:50 weight balance”.

A newly developed Adaptive Damping System is said to intelligently reads the road to provide the optimum road holding, adapting to different conditions. On the Virage this system selects up to five different stiffness settings within normal mode, and a further five stiffer settings within sport mode.

Aston Martin Virage

There is also a ‘Sport’ button on the dashboard, which allows the driver to select a sharper throttle response and faster gear changes. It also holds the gears without automatically shifting up at the rev limiter. Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes are standard to reduce the unsprung weight.

The 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 aluminium 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 for the side repeater.

The doors are descriibed as “swan wing doors” and the Virage coupe comes as either a 2+2 or a 2+0, with the rear seats removed for lightness and replaced with a parcel shelf.

Acceleration 0-62 mph takes 4.6 seconds, with the Virage going on to a maximum speed of 186 mph.

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