Aston Martin Virage Review | Cars | CNET UK

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The new Virage doesn’t wildly different from else in Aston Martin’s barring the bonkers One-77 and . You’ll have trouble it out of an Aston Martin line-up you’re intimately familiar the range.

The Virage’s single-lens which sport an LED light were first seen on the Its bonnet and front grille are from the DB9 and its rear-light clusters like they were from a box labelled ‘Vantage

The Virage looks much any other Aston Martin. no bad thing, though. 

There are unique features, though. The below the front air intake is to the Virage, as is the rear exhaust which provides a pleasing ground between the extreme-looking diffuser seen on the DBS and the understated on the DB9.

The design probably different enough to convince Aston Martin owners to and there are many who will disappointed by the company’s reluctance to something outside of its comfort said, the Virage is so incredibly that those with about its design really are the point. Aston Martin’s on a magical formula for creating gorgeous cars, and the old adage true — if it ain’t don’t fix it.

Inside job

There are few on the inside of the Virage. The interior is identical to that of almost all the existing cars, with the curvaceous, muscular dashboard, aluminium speedometer surrounds, and a key-cum-starter-button made of crystal.

The car also comes with an Martin-branded Lamy Pico pen, which slots the centre console. It clicks securely into and doesn’t rattle about. lose it, though — a will set you back a whopping €80

Also new is a motorised navigation that flips open the centre of the dashboard. This unit is larger than the display that came it, and has a noticeably higher resolution of 800×480 — up from 480×234 on the previous screen. It’s not in the league as the 15-inch display set to in the Tesla Model S. but the screen is a big on those that came it, thanks to crisp, modern-looking, easy-to-read graphics.


The Virage’s sat-nav, provided by Garmin, is a improvement on the Volvo-sourced nav system in Aston Martin cars. The look fabulous, and it supports seven-digit postcode entry, eliminates the need to enter street names. It even with a couple of apps, a world clock and a calculator.

The display flips out from the of the dashboard.

It’s by no means the advanced nav system we’ve It lacks the live, real-time info of some of the most standalone nav systems, and the joystick to control inputs is still as as ever. Still, it’s a improvement on the outdated Volvo seen in previous cars.

Sound thinking

Sadly, Martin hasn’t updated the of the Virage’s cabin tech. It the same horrifically unintuitive interface as other cars in the which means you get a tiny LCD fiddly mode buttons and a central joystick whose changes depending on what you happen to be in.

The secret is to ensure pressed the relevant button to the music, phone or audio before controlling the cursor on the LCD screen using the joystick. the mode buttons are backlit to show you which one has been but each button is so incredibly and fiddly, and the LCD screen so reflective and so in direct sunlight, that the Virage’s information and entertainment to work first time is trying to fly a space shuttle blindfolded.

It’s an interface become familiar with the years, but our interactions with the always seem to degenerate prodding randomly at buttons, rather than expecting, something will happen.

Speed of sound

If you somehow to activate the car’s audio you’ll be thoroughly rewarded, if you’ve chosen to upgrade to the Bang Olufsen set-up.

the units produced for the Vantage and the BO system has a total power of 1,000W, channelled across 13 speakers, including two ‘acoustic that rise automatically the dashboard when the system is up.

Aston Martin Virage

The Virage’s cabin is ludicrously

According to BO, these lenses a wide, 180-degree horizontal of high frequencies, spraying and the higher registers of Mariah voice more broadly the cabin than ordinary would.

In typical BO tradition, the system uses a specially optimised  unit that ‘stage your music, tuning it to for the acoustic properties of this car’s cabin.

It’s all clever, but the bottom line is the Virage’s audio system brilliant. It’s loud and enough to handle the grimiest yet refined and well-balanced enough to do to genres of music that greater levels of acoustic

Our only issue with the is the fact it doesn’t support many sources. AM/FM can be played, as can music sourced an iPod. CD, USB device or auxiliary but there’s no DAB option and wireless A2DP audio streaming is absent.

Drive time

If Aston designed the Virage to provide the thrills of the DBS without sacrificing the and luxury of the DB9, then succeeded.

On the one hand, it’s a aggressive beast of a car. the start button and its 490bhp, V12 engine explodes into snorting angrily through an system that’s almost in its delivery. It goes like too — 0-62mph takes 4.6 seconds and Aston Martin us it’ll keep pushing it hits a top speed of 186mph.

As as this sensational performance, you get a fabulous sense of luxury. inside the cabin is like around in a sofa that’s contoured specifically for your We spent days carving the mountainous back roads of racking up hundreds of miles. Not did driving this car become

The Virage eats up the miles you wouldn’t believe — so so that you could head out to the shops and end up in a foreign country.

Twist and shout

The Virage’s comfort means it does some of the raw-edged performance expect from a supercar, as its DBS cousin. The ride is softer and forgiving, and the stodgy, occasionally gear changes — via the Touchtronic II paddle-operated, seven-speed seen in the Rapide — befitting of a hard-as-nails racer.

said, the Virage acquits admirably around twisty Throw it into sport and activate the harder suspension via dedicated buttons on the dashboard, and tackle twisty B roads aplomb, slightly understeering when provoked. The brakes, from ventilated carbon rather than the more and less efficient steel, off speed at a fantastic rate.

The Aston Martin Virage is well-balanced. It’s easy to and luxurious, yet pushing this car to its is also very rewarding. not as aggressive as the DBS or as soft as the DB9, but arguably the most satisfying car to of the three.

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