Road test: 2011 Aston Martin Virage | Driving

22 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2011 Aston Martin Virage | Driving

what makes one so special? It have scissor doors and it break world speed

Perhaps it#8217;s the beauty, as I learned, compels me to trace the on the aluminum skin as if to solidify its presence as I stood next to it. But alone does not define marque.

The underlying philosophy of every Martin is very distinct; as though they reflect prized in its home nation.

sensibility, elegance and understatement are trademark, all combined with performance.

The brand marches with yet another new model: the In a nutshell, it is a reiteration of the modern that is the DB9 -a V-12-powered Grand that is the most successful in Aston#8217;s history.

The general of this car is that it doesn#8217;t anything new to the table as it keeps the engine and chassis as the DB9. But the d#8217;etre of the Virage really is to to buyers; it offers updated a slight bump in power and carbon ceramic brakes the DB9 and yet is more civilized than the Bond-inspired DBS.

Priced its stablemates, it sits about above the DB9 at roughly $225,000 costing $80,000 less the DBS.

With the 2011 Virage, is refreshing and popularizing a great which, being as good as it is, give little reason for

A sombre grey-coloured example was for me in the parking lot of the Aston dealership in its V-12 idling gently and at the Its cabin felt like a with its low-slung roofline and teardrop windows blocking out of the natural light.

The sharp of the leather permeated the interior as I in. Featuring seven different the leather surfaces were and supple to the touch, particularly as I the wheel for the first time.

My also grazed over the rich texture of the Alcantara which was applied generously the interior. The workmanship alone in the took 70 man-hours of handcrafting in

Contrary to the expectations of a luxury its dash was left uncluttered electronic gadgetry. Its buttons and could be learned within most of which are driving

Its layout is a mark of Aston#8217;s that a sports car should be a car and should not allow technology to get in the way of the It gave me even more to set out.

The throttle was responsive and smooth under light while emitting a low metallic from stoplight to stoplight.

capable of gargantuan power, the was very civilized in stop-and-go

Despite its wide haunches and appearance, the Virage responded and smartly to inputs on inner-city

On a proper road when room for the 6.0-L V-12 to its legs, the poised aristocrat into a savage animal a sharp, scintillating howl.

At 6,000 r.p.m. with the of the rich exhaust note off the concrete median mere away from the open sparks were going off at the of my brain.

With 490 h.p. and 420 of grunt, I expected savage that would turn my white on the wheel.

But the speed on in almost serene fashion, the was incredibly linear while ready and willing from anywhere on the rev range.

At speeds would be quite dramatic in cars, the Virage simply effortlessly while keeping the in sedate and quiet comfort. is the experience a Grand Tourer give.

The suspension was more equal to both the decaying of downtown and the twisting ribbons of in the foothills.

Its dampers will adjust to iron out even the most of sunken sewer covers, sensors to learn the surface of the

On the other hand, it firms up the if it detects a more spirited style. It counteracts body with oil pumps that to cornering loads, the result of is steadfast poise through the in the esses and long sweeping

Finally the carbon ceramic which come standard on the round off a dynamic package inspires confidence and encourages you to be precise after every

But the smart suspension aids with a sacrifice in feel as I a bit isolated at the controls.

The unexpected of an exciting road were out, making me feel I was from a much more sensation.

But that comes down to preference, and Aston#8217;s lineup several choices to those a taste for something more (see the Vantage S).

After the Virage to its handlers, I marvelled at how the car a confident balance between and thrill, sensibility and performance, all underneath an elegantly crafted that simply stirs the

For those fortunate enough to own it would make a captivating companion.

(Pricing starts at for the Virage coupe and $244,350 for the Volante.)

The Specs

– All-alloy 6.0-L V-12

Horsepower: 490 h.p. @ 6,500

– Torque: 420 ft.-lbs. @ rpm

– 0-100 km/h: 4.6

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