Aston Martin Virage: first drive

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Aston Martin Virage

Steve Colquhoun

Aston new Virage

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Sports cars, by their temperamental natures, involve Stiff, unyielding suspension; racing-style seats; acts of required just to get in – all part and excruciating parcel of the quest to find the right car for the road.

Aston Martin to work on the problem and came up the Virage. It’s a brilliantly all-rounder that can as easily be up by the scruff of the neck and blasted your favourite set of tight as roll down to the local or hit the highway for an interstate trip.

It break your back but your budget may be another

Starting from $371,300 on-road and dealer costs) it has and better everything than a DB9 for not a lot of extra outlay, and less but more user-friendliness than the DBS ($477,593).

The Virage is built the same architecture as its DB and Vantage cars, and shares their bonded aluminium chassis. On glance, it’s difficult to some of the subtle differences distinguish it but more triangular headlights, a wider grille and lower intake, subtly side strakes and flaring skirts are a few clues.

Lifting the swan-wing doors which raise by 12 degrees as swing open to prevent kerb strikes – and inside, the initial impression is of and quality.

Aston Martin proclaims that every surface is exactly what it to be, and not plastic masquerading as something That includes sumptuous leather for the seats and dashboard hides of seven cows go each car), lovingly aluminium, and even genuine cut which creates a spectacularly look for otherwise utilitarian

A new Garmin-supplied satellite navigation slides soundlessly out of the dashboard and terrific clarity, even if of the controls are laborious and counter-intuitive.

officially listed as a 2+2 – means it has two occasional rear – but don’t factor in trips for four. Even children would struggle to fit the tiny but plushly appointed pews, and adults have no whatever due to the critical lack of head and leg space.

Hitting the start button in the middle of the console, the 6.0-litre V12 comes to with a purr rather a bark. Engage the transmission by another glass button D (there are also buttons for reverse and park) and the Virage sets off.

The seven-speed transmission uses a clutch mechanism, avoiding the penalty of a heavier dual-clutch Left to its own devices it shifts and intuitively, or you can take control via the paddle shifters that are fixed to the steering column than twirling with the

Cruising at low speed, the Virage is quiet, with neither nor engine noise particularly Engaging the sport button throttle response – by a degree – but also the exhaust to open a bypass earlier to bring a glorious note into the cabin only sullied in our test car by a belt noise coming behind the firewall.

Unleashing all of power and 570Nm of torque a decent prod of the right transforms the Virage from to wild, producing fearsome acceleration for swift and decisive

The engine is mid-mounted in the front of the contributing to a 50:50 weight between front and rear translates to a near-perfect balance on the It’s simple to flow the from one corner to the next superb front grip sharp turn-in, while all power pushes to the ground fat rear wheels with an occasional tiny wiggle of the shapely hips.

Body roll is all but absent and the quality is nothing short of The Virage wafts along as perched on its own cloud, and even the dampers to sport mode only a degree of firmness to without sacrificing any comfort.

The brakes, which are surprisingly as standard equipment, have bite and pedal feel, they can be quite noisy they’re cold. The Virage’s appointed steering wheel has a feel with plenty of and feedback for the keener driver.

The or convertible, model (from has a fabric roof that a little more noise than the coupe, but it’s well insulated. With the top and the windblocker in place over the seats, the cabin remains and calm except for the top of my head, sits just above the and window level.

It’s not its vices, but the Virage is a rare of a high-end sports car that you can with every day.

45 so far

Even though I am hard to tell this apart any of the other current Astons, I love it!

I ca’t help but think at only $20k more a DB9 and allegedly much better, this car wll make the DB9 redundant? If I was to spend circa $350k on a I’d pay the (approx.) 5% premium for a car.

In my opinion, Aston have differentiated this car Or conversely, not made it at all. It be a fitting replacement for the now ageing DB9 for

Commenter Hills Location St Date and time March 23, 8:40AM

It has 2 useless rear is automatic and and weighs more a barge. Yet they feel the to fit massive ceramic brakes reserved for racing cars.

Commenter COTY driver and time March 23, 2011,

For a 6 litre V12 it has less grunt a R35 GTR and needless to say for well over the price. That’s pretty given the R35 has almost half the capacity of the Virage. GTR owners all the more reason to pat themselves on the

Commenter Akuma Location Date and time March 23, 10:41AM

It’s an SMT, not an

It’s not a saloon, who cares rear seats.

If anything, your percieved claim is only more for carbon brakes which are not reserved for race cars days. Most of the high end offer then as an option at

At 0-100 in under 5 seconds, a pretty quick barge!

Paul Date and time 23, 2011, 10:53AM

Aston Martin Virage

@COTY – March 23, 2011,

Because ceramic brakes are if you can fit them why wouldn’t you?

Halfamo Location Sydney and time March 23, 2011,

Aston appears to always stunning cars.

COTY Ceramic brakes can be worked for a long time without Would you want a heavy, expensive car crashed because of fade? Personally, I’d cry I’d have smashed so beautiful.

Commenter BC Location Date and time March 23, 11:01AM


Lol, you do how lame your comment in an article about an Aston! Im people that buy Aston’s really care about Nissan owners think of Neither is winning the traffic grand prix a priority.

On a note, the Virage. hmmm, im not on the looks. Where as it looks beautiful. at the same time its very generic like a Jag Id still have one though!

Commenter Souljak Date and March 23, 2011, 11:40AM

– That datsun referring to has a turbocharged engine and is no to the delightful V12 engine fitted to the and it might cost twice as but its more than twice as look at, has oodles more and quality and did I mention how good it

Commenter Ryan Location Date and time March 23, 11:41AM


have you a 10 year old GTR to a 10 year old Aston?

you can see the R35 is going – soon to be the of drag car in Sydney West Fart Cannon and Stickers

Lou Location Sydney Date and March 23, 2011, 11:44AM

I whether Michael Clarke buy one for his newest girlfriend?

Commenter Location Berwick Date and March 23, 2011, 12:10PM

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