Aston Martin Virage Review | 2012 Volante Convertible

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Aston Martin Virage Review | 2012 Volante Convertible
Aston Martin Virage

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Vehicle Luxury sports convertible

$407,300 plus on-roads

Economy (claimed): 15.0

Fuel Economy (tested): l/100km

The Aston Martin is the middle-child in the British marque’s grand tourer line-up, and also the newest.

It slots between the soon-to-be replaced DB9 and DBS in power and acceleration figures, but is to the DB9 in price.

Certainly, it has the universally-recognised styling of the winged badge, with AM’s sensational V12, it absolutely sounds the

On test is the Volante convertible in which means it could be more ‘poseur’ than but don’t jump to any conclusions yet.

The Virage Volante has a bit up its sleeve than just

Quality: The Virage’s interior not fail to impress even the of critics.

From the softness and of the gorgeous charcoal leather to the machining of the superb Bang tweeters (which rise from the dashboard), the workmanship is class.

Each Virage takes 200 man-hours to create; the interior takes 70.

The Quantum Silver paintwork is flawless too.

We do to mark it down for the useless and make-up mirrors which are – as in every Aston (you’ll just have to do lipstick elsewhere).

Comfort: Martin makes some of the sports seats in the business. not only look the part, but fit a glove and all controls (including the auto) are in easy reach.

The (optional) front Sports which electrically adjust in 10 are amazingly comfortable.

The plus-two seats, though, are really extra storage spaces seatbelts.

Lastly, while the doors make getting in and out a a bit of yoga is required in tight spaces.

Equipment: Aston Martin has the previously infuriating satellite to a more sensible (and Garmin-based unit.

Working out the functions with the small buttons and tiny screen can a while, but the menus are comprehensive.

All the inclusions are there, such as control, auto headlights, wipers, Bluetooth, parking (front and rear), tyre monitor and, the best of all, an Aston Martin fitted in the boot.

An iPod resides under the armrest, and if got the money, you can option up to the fabulous Olufsen Beosound system. ears will thank you for it.

Being a convertible, the Virage bootspace is compromised to make for a roof sinking behind the There are only 152 litres to play with.

There are two and nooks for business cards, phone and other small (and you can always throw a few onto the otherwise useless seats).

Driveability: If you’ve heard an Aston Martin V12 on song, then you’re one of life’s great experiences.

It starts with a bark but into a subdued idle. the Sport button at the bottom of the stack (there are two buttons, and Track) and the engine wakes up. 3000rpm, exhaust flaps letting the full volume of echo off buildings and walls in a trumpeting cacophony.

Switch it and everything calms down.

up the V12 is a creamy-smooth six-speed automatic; a on the column-mounted paddles lets you manual control. In Sport you can tag the limiter, and shifts come a faster.

The auto is rear-mounted, the Virage perfect 50:50 distribution for sublimely-balanced handling.

The bonded aluminium construction for an extremely solid tub, no shimmy or wobble over despite having the roof cut

As a result, it’ll take with relative ease, and on sweepers it invites pressing on. But not really a track car – the Volante weighs a not-insubstantial which is 95kg heavier the coupe, and it feels it.

As a result, the benchmark 0-100km/h takes 4.6 seconds it uses all to get the Virage up and running and fuel suffers accordingly.

The steering special praise nothing than perfect weight, and feedback. It’s extremely and turns a monotonous task visiting the in-laws into an experience; the drive there, is.

Just watch that nose when parking, easy to scrape the front

Aston Martin Virage

Refinement: The beauty of having the button at hand is you can have the subdued, or raucous brass-band And at idle the V12 awaits your with minimal vibration.

At freeway speeds, with the down, you can comfortably hold a while with the roof up, the is very hushed. At autobahn though, it’s roof up all the

Suspension: The two-mode dampers do a job in providing the right balance sports handling when the hunt’ and smoothing out rough when not. The ride in mode is firm (obviously so in Track mode) but it’s not despite running on diamond-polished wheels.

Braking: The Virage uses discs as standard that a little when cold. force is huge though 398mm diameter fronts six-piston callipers and 360mm with four-piston callipers. they don’t fade hot.

ANCAP rating: Not

Safety features: Dual-stage airbags, pre-tensioning seatbelts, child seat points in three-stage stability control Track and Off), ABS, distribution and assistance.

Warranty And

Warranty: Three years/100,000km.

costs: Servicing costs according to vehicle usage.

How It | Value For Money

Jaguar Convertible ($364,000) It’s cheaper and is much more but is not nearly as good-looking. If you’re the engine sounds though, six of one, half-a-dozen of the other. The Jag is the quicker and more powerful of the (see XKR-S reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer#39;s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.

TMR Verdict

brutally fast, and with handling balance, the Virage is neither the quickest nor the best in its premium sports luxury

And it’s not the most practical But spend some time it, and you’ll fall under its It’s one of the best looking on the planet, it sounds fantastic and that gorgeous interior a pleasure to hop into every

And, if we want to be shallow for a when you’re at the wheel, stares.

The $407,300 question becomes, “Does it make you good?” Oh yes (and then

Photos: Jan Glovac.

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