Virage | Aston Martin Virage – HWM Aston Martin

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Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

The Aston Martin Virage combines the presence and formidable performance of a V12-engined sports car with the comfort, convenience and prestige of a true luxury car. Delivering an intoxicating blend of imperious pace and cosseting sensory indulgence, every journey is an experience to savour.

Built around Aston Martin’s proven all-aluminium structure for lightness and strength and powered by a bespoke version of the company’s iconic V12 engine, the Virage offers a new twist to Aston Martin’s unique brand of performance. Mated exclusively to a six-speed ‘Touchtronic 2’ automatic transmission complete with paddle-shifters it is effortless to drive in town and country alike, but offers the potential for true driver involvement when the mood or opportunity arises. In addition huge carbon ceramic brakes offer increased durability and fade resistance for absolute stopping power.

In order to deliver the very highest standards of ride comfort and handling the Virage features Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS). Using electronically controlled dampers that automatically adjust to provide the optimum settings to suit driver input, speed and road surface quality, ADS also has switchable Sport mode for maximum confidence during spirited driving. These two modes broaden the Virage’s abilities to impressive new levels.

In its default setting ADS delivers a beautifully supple ride, yet show it a challenging stretch of road and a push of the ADS button into Sport mode enables the Virage to step-up its game brilliantly.

Neatly fusing the full-blooded performance and striking looks of a thoroughbred sports car with the effortless character and lavish appointments of a luxury GT, the Virage is the perfect choice for the discerning driver who demands comfort but also desires genuine dynamism.

Hand-assembled at Aston Martin’s purpose-built engine facility in Cologne, displacing 6.0-litres and delivering 490bhp and 570Nm (420lb ft) of torque the Virage’s V12 engine is one of the all-time great powerplants.

Like all Aston Martins the Virage is constructed using advanced techniques and lightweight materials. The Virage also has its engine mounted as far back in the chassis as possible for a front-mid-engined configuration, which brings inherent advantages in both ride and handling.

Assertive but not aggressive, elegant, graceful and quiet potency characterise the design of the Virage. Its beauty and class are as obvious as its formidable performance potential, yet there is something impressively understated about the way in which it draws your gaze. Where other designs ‘shout’ at you the Virage’s clean lines and muscled physique have rare visual magnetism.

A new hand-finished stainless steel grille, with elements shaped like wing sections, new intake meshes and striking double xenon headlights give the Virage a handsome face. A pair of recessed bonnet vents provide subtle clues as to the rear-set positioning of the front-mid-mounted V12 engine and are available in a choice of two styles for added personalisation. The bolder of the two options features a stepped design, reminiscent of a shark’s gills, bringing added animation to the detailing.

In Volante form the Virage’s lines retain all the fluidity and poise of the Coupe whether its roof is up or down. Made from fabric and incorporating an additional layer of Thinsulate® material to further muffle wind noise and give additional protection from the elements, the electrically powered hood can be lowered or raised with one touch of a button, at speeds of up to 30mph. When stowed, the roof sits beneath a flush fitting tonneau cover for optimum style and unobscured rearward vision.

Every aspect of the Virage has been honed to make it effortlessly capable. Sharing the same core Vertical-Horizontal (VH) architecture as every series production Aston Martin the Virage is built around a strong, lightweight aluminium structure that forms the ideal basis for a perfectly balanced high performance car.

In addition to aluminium other advanced lightweight materials such as magnesium and carbon composites have been used to keep weight to a minimum. By mounting the engine as far back as possible and mating it to a rear-mounted transaxle the Virage has near perfect weight distribution. This results in some 85 per cent of the vehicle mass being located between the front and rear axles for an unrivalled sense of agility, stability and predictability.

The fitment of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes brings benefits beyond the obvious. More durable and with a greater resistance to fade these CCM brake discs are also 12.5kg lighter than an equivalent conventional cast-iron disc set-up.

This significant saving in unsprung weight and rotational mass improves both vertical wheel control for greater ride comfort and also improves steering response and braking performance thanks to a reduction in the gyroscopic effect of a heavy brake disc spinning at high speed. Measuring 398mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear these exceptional brakes also give the Virage tremendous stopping power.

Aston Martin Virage

Body

Two-door coupe or soft-cover convertible top body style with 2+2 seating

Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure

Engine

Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves

Compression ratio 10.97:1

Max power 365 kW (497 PS/490 bhp) at 6500 rpm

Aston Martin Virage

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