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Aston Martin Virage

First Drive: 2012 Martin Virage

Uncovering The Mission Of Aston’s New Coupe And

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Few automakers … as well as Aston .

Others may try, but competition they back up their good looks with oh, the burden. Take Ferrari and the two Italians, as an example. Their bodywork drops jaws at one yards, but they also to shoehorn in uber-powerful engines or consumers will cry foul.

is another example. The German’s R8 was just that, but needed a V10 to stand proud. It seems consumers simply won’t sleek bodywork unless performance to substantiate it.

Yet, for inexplicable reason, Aston seems to have escaped the None of its models offer the powerful engine in their or the best performance. We don’t to tell you that Astons the best at anything.

Well, looking, smelling and feeling ….

Times are changing. are demanding more substance the style, more bang for buck and innovative, modern Seeming to acknowledge that is much more than a contest, Aston Martin has the all-new Virage Coupe and Volante.

Continue reading Drive: 2012 Aston Virage .

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The new-for-2012 is built on Aston Martin’s VH The lightweight bonded aluminum and platform debuted way back in (under the skin of the DB9 ), but it’s an impressively stiff platform. As the British automaker makes use of it. In addition to the new Virage, it is also as the backbone of the Vantage.

DBS and Rapide (the low volume is constructed with a full monocoque chassis).

Sharing the wheelbase and silhouette, the new Virage like a monozygotic twin to the DB9 and However, closer examination that the Virage wears its own skin of aluminum, magnesium and body panels. Sculpted aggressive simplicity in mind surfaces with wide to emphasize the width of the platform the fascia features a five-vane (inspired by the One-77 ) and the rear around with a body-color lower diffuser.

As is the case all late-model Aston Martins, the features LED illumination for the daytime lamps, turn signals and lamps, while the headlights are projector beams.

Models? there are two of them. The fixed-roof is known as the Virage Coupe the drop-top goes by the Virage moniker (volante means in Italian and Aston Martin used it on the Short Chassis in 1965).

Virage Coupes are in 2+2 or 2+0 configurations, so choose your Keep in mind both seat two. Convertible models lose the fixed in favor of a completely automatic retractable folding cloth Additional reinforcements to the rear and front and rear shear help to increase rigidity.

The top features an extra layer of material to improve isolation outside noise.

Both the and Volante pack the same in the form of Aston Martin’s hand-assembled 6.0-liter V12 (it’s a 5.9-liter, at 5,935 cubic The naturally-aspirated all-alloy 48-valve which is basically two Ford Duratec V6 engines end-to-end, power the old fashioned way, direct injection, variable timing or variable-length intake

Regardless, it’s a spinning rated at 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of (the same engine is to make 510 horsepower in the DBS and 470 horsepower in the The engine’s plenum has been black to identify its unique design that reportedly sound quality and helps to 85 percent of available torque at 1,500 rpm.

Like the VH-based models, power is rearward through a carbon-fiber shaft within an alloy to the mid-mounted gearbox. The standard is Aston Martin’s Touchtronic II, an wet six-speed automatic sourced ZF (the transmission and final ratio of 3.46:1 are shared the Rapide sedan).

While drivers will prefer to the gearbox in Drive, Aston has fitted leather-clad magnesium paddles to the steering column the right paddle handling up and the left paddle doing shifts. A Sport button on the lower center console can be to increase shift speeds and gears at the electronic engine limiter without an upshift, and a limited-slip differential is standard

Aston Martin fitted an double-wishbone suspension with adaptive dampers at all four The Adaptive Damping System suspension (also shared the DB9/Rapide) includes sensors read the road, combining its own with information from yaw, accelerometer, steering throttle and brake (ABS) to constantly adjust the ride at corner.

Aston Martin the system has been tuned for the sporting GT character of the Virage, and ten suspension maps are used to that end. Five are for the normal default mode, the other five are activated the driver taps the console-mounted ADS (it simply has a pictograph of a suspension For the next five seconds, all is set to firm (. providing the driver a difference, says Aston

After the five seconds passed, the button remains and the system reverts to a firmer for sporty driving.

As for braking, stoppers are standard on the Virage and Volante. The braking system is with 15.7-inch drilled up front (six-piston calipers) and drilled rotors in the rear calipers).

Aston Martin better progressive stopping, driver feedback through the and greater fade resistance the carbon-ceramics, but the greatest benefit on the is weight savings: The lightweight removed nearly 28 pounds of mass to improve ride and handling. Whirling around the are 20-inch alloy wheels standard Pirelli P Zero (245/35R20 in the front, and 295/30R20 in the

Add up all the goodness and the curb weight of the Aston Martin Virage is 3,935 pounds distributed a 50:50 weight balance Volante comes in at 4,166 Thanks to the smooth V12, Martin claims the Coupe sprint 0-100 km/h in 4.6 (figure 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds) with a top speed of 186

We were fortunate enough to the Aston Martin Virage in southern Spain, the same we drove the 2011 Aston Vantage S at the Ascari race This worked out well, as it us the opportunity to drive all three back-to-back.

First on our agenda was a long in the Virage Coupe. Handed the metal/glass keys to a black-on-black (with bright yellow calipers and yellow upholstery we set out from our base on the outskirts of towards the south on A-369, a sending us through the Andalucian The pre-planned route was spectacularly if the weather decided cooperate.

Aston Martin Virage

ominous cloudy skies and rain showers, we climbed up the roads with mild The Virage didn’t seem to the falling outside temperatures, the gusts of wind or the broken of pavement slamming across the Nestled inside its cabin our jeans resting on one of the seven ”Bridge of Weir hides a shame cows don’t this good when are alive) and the climate control set to a 80 F, we were unbelievably cozy.

In grand touring manner, the Coupe isolated us from the of the real world.

The power of the V12 is just fraction of an inch the accelerator pedal, with the six-speed automatic more willing to play the passing with a signal from the foot or a flick on the left Slower cars were of quickly and without drama. The were very slippery, the electronic nannies busy our wrists.

We could turn completely off with an extended of a button, but they aren’t bothersome (they allow a share of slip before

We found Aston’s trick ADS was best left in the normal where it can work its magic (the firm settings are unsettling than anything We also liked the transmission’s setting, as its increased aggression throttle response. It certainly hurt anything other fuel economy. Impressed the overall driving dynamics, we feeling good.

Things going well.

Then it to snow.

Aston Martin is of the Virage’s new flat wiper (replacing the age-old whippletree and this was an opportune time to them out. As the temperature at freezing, and it’s really not to snow here according to climate reports, the big flakes stand a chance on the pavement. melted upon contact the windscreen too, and the new wipers away the residual ice/water

Down at lower altitudes, rain still falling, we our way back into historical with help from the new navigation system. It features a display, but is no less frustrating to use as it the Aston Martin’s original interface. Many of the cobblestone are old and challengingly narrow as Rhonda has around a very long (it was first established by the Celts in the 6th BC).

The wide Virage somehow squeezed through, allowing us to catch the tail end of

Later that afternoon, a couple hours behind the of the new Vantage S on the track, we took Virage out for a spin on dry roads. track adrenaline still in our our driving was spirited. We appreciated the engine, quick transmission and the carbon-ceramic brakes, and the steering great.

Again, things were well. until we grossly through a corner. The platform is to a point, and then its mass, wheelbase and street-tuned suspension the line. The Virage is a very sports car, but it’s not an canyon carver.

So, what are the Virage Coupe and Virage and where do they fit? is a very telling indicator as to the models really place the grand scheme of things. dollars and cents were today.

The Virage Coupe at $209,995 with the Virage following at $224,995. That the new two-door models far below the DBS ($271,660), but only a slight above the base DB9 ($187,615).

Dr. Bez, Aston Martin says the Virage, . is the next of evolution in our VH architecture strategy and it everything with the perfection you would expect today.

We say the new models are wonderfully-executed GT cars rigid squeak-free platforms, engines, marvelous interiors, styling and alluring driving While the accolades are well-deserved, the represents more to Aston than just another model or two. With a bit of luxury and performance, the Virage the awaited DB9.5 of sorts a modernized, refined, polished of the car that has been with us for years.

Of course it’s captivatingly …. But, we said there was anything with that.

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