2012 Aston Martin Virage, an AW Flash Drive – Autoweek

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Aston Martin Virage

2012 Aston Martin , an AW Flash Drive

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What is it?

the third evolution of Aston current two-door GT. The 2012 slots between the more DB9 and the testosterone-heavy DBS.

In the Virage, all-aluminum, four-cam 6.0-liter V12 a unique black plenum increases the intake manifold’s With a compression ratio a below 11:1, power at 490 hp at 6,500 rpm–precisely halfway that of the DB9 (470 hp) and the DBS (510 The Virage will come with a ZF-supplied six-speed automatic, called Touchtronic 2. Its button increases default speed and moves shift up.

Leather-wrapped magnesium shift are mounted on the column.

Underneath, the has unique bushings, spring and suspension mapping. Its Bilstein shock absorbers have a sport switch that the default dampening rate. brakes are standard, as they are on the with larger rotors those on the DB9.

The tires are P Zeros (245/35-20 front, rear), as meaty as but slightly aggressive than the Pirelli that come standard on the

The 2012 Virage should North America by early At $209,995 for the coupe, it falls the least expensive DB9 ($187,000) and the DBS The Virage Volante will at $224,995.

What is it like to

This GT is quick, although flows most pleasingly in luxuriant swells rather quick bursts.

Truly the Virage requires lots of and our initial test drive Andalucia suggests that it be tough to enjoy all 490 horses in a metro-scape. The ZF six-speed works particularly as a full automatic, the electronics in sport mode. It as well as any automatic in memory and intuitively shifts when shift if you were doing so.

If the driver seeks more the steering-wheel paddles work as well, holding the chosen even if the engine bounces off the rev

As big coupes go (as opposed to lighter such as Aston’s Vantage), the is almost tossable and is well There’s no significant understeer, and a quick snap of the tail, you won’t make it oversteer your name is Fernando. forgiving when driven and the chassis electronics are tuned as we them: with enough to let the driver really work the in track mode and valuable if that driver happens to be

Do I want it?

There aren’t better ways to eat up miles in an Aston Martin Virage. the sort of car that makes you about coast-to-coast blitzes and cards. This is a gloriously GT, but so are the DB9 and the DBS, even if there are differences.

Which big two-door Aston we pick? The DBS, because the fastest and it comes with a manual. But we aren’t buying, and difficult to fathom precisely real Aston buyers

That Silicon Valley CEO to spend a bonus might the DB9 a bit too subtle for the money or the DBS too unluxuriously The Virage is to the DB9 as the Mercedes-Benz CLS is to the Mercedes sedan or the new Audi A7 Sportback is to the A6.

Aston Martin Virage

2012 Aston Martin

On Sale: June-July

Base $209,995 (coupe), $224,995

Drivetrain: 6.0-liter, 490-hp, V12; RWD, six-speed

Curb Weight: 3,935 lb 4,166 lb (Volante)

0-60 4.6 sec (est)

Fuel Economy: N/A

Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin Virage
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