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Aston Martin Virage

CAR review

By Jethro Bovingdon


14 March 2011

This is a new Aston Martin and it the Virage name. Fortunately it nothing like the old Virage, but will be disappointed that it very much the DB9 on which based (which means it looks quite a lot like the of Aston’s range).

So what is it? it neatly plugs the gap between the DB9 and the slightly unhinged DBS and also in improvements in refinement learnt the Rapide project. The Virage £150,000 or around £160,000 for the version.

So what sort of car is the Aston Virage?

That huge of entry gets you a gorgeous GT car a 6.0-litre V12 pushing out 490bhp, of 186mph and 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds – it comes with the Touchtronic 2 transmission, but of course there are for proper manual shifting the mood takes you. is 20bhp up on the DB9, which £128,150 when equipped the same ‘box. The Virage adds carbon-ceramic brakes as a refreshed interior that waves goodbye to the hopeless old sat-nav system, and a thoroughly chassis aimed at making the both sharper but also refined and cosseting.

Before we get to that I should out that the Virage does in many styling details the DB9. It has new headlights, a new five-vane a carbon front splitter, new and a new sill treatment that into a new rear diffuser. admit that should a have trundled past me on the street I wouldn’t have it as a new model – but there’s no denying it cleaner than a DB9 and has some of the tension in profile.

No denying either that a quite gorgeous thing to on a Spanish spring morning.

how refined is Aston’s new Virage

That added sound in the front and rear bulkheads and the sophisticated ADS adaptive damping make the Virage a refined car to along in. It doesn’t isolate a 7-series or S-class, but then not really Aston’s thing. you’re aware of road changes, the odd bobble of scabby but there’s enough absorption to most problems away.

The ZF six-speed auto is smooth and and the V12 is audible (as you’d want) but to the sense of occasion rather detracting from refinement.

Aston Martin Virage

And you go faster?

Turn up the pace a of notches and the Virage is superb. a heavy car but body roll is suppressed and the front end hardly wilts into understeer, the are stupendous and grip and traction are that you can carry enormous with little fuss. so, you can feel the balance shifting through a corner and as you adjust or throttle.

With DSC in Track you can even tease nice oversteer slides from it having to rely solely on reactions should the unexpected Sport mode tightens up the creating more road and a noticeably firmer ride, but builds on those qualities. The way the turns in is particularly impressive.

Even the automatic ‘box well in manual, perhaps the incisive shifts of a dual-clutch but making up for that in town or cruising along gently.

in really slow corners the Virage’s 1785kg girth (still not bad when you consider the Maserati MC Stradale weighs the car snatching between understeer and quite quickly. It’ll require care on streaming wet and British roads.


The Virage is great more exciting and more than the DB9 and much more than the slightly gaudy You might wonder when will really show a new of styling, but you can hardly argue the evolutionary approach when it results as good as the Virage.

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