Aston Martin's revered hand-built 6.0 liter V12
engine produces 490 hp (365 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque and through its
carbon fiber prop shaft, is mated to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic
transmission mounted on the transaxle contributing to perfect 50:50 weight
The Virage's dynamics have been tuned
to deliver an engaging yet more refined driving experience, where the driver can
extract the maximum performance from the car with greater ease. A newly
developed Adaptive Damping System (ADS) intelligently 'reads' the road to
provide optimum road holding, adapting to different conditions. The system now
selects up to five different stiffness settings within normal mode, and a
further five stiffer settings within sport mode.
Aiding driver control, a
'Sport' button on the facia allows the driver to select a sharper throttle
response and faster gear changes while also holding the gears without
automatically shifting up at the revolution limiter.
Brakes as Standard
Virage will be delivered with Carbon Ceramic
Matrix (CCM) brakes as standard - bucking the trend in this market - offering
progressive and tremendous stopping power. Powerful, resistant to fade and much
lighter than conventional cast-iron discs, the CCM braking system means that not
only is the overall vehicle weight reduced, but the weight saving at each wheel
means that a better balance between ride comfort and handling can be struck.
Lower rotational mass also provides improved acceleration.
Virage capitalizes on the technology from the DBS and
unites it with the comfort and refinement found in the DB9 and Rapide. Aston
Martin's own bonded aluminum 'VH' architecture that forms the backbone of the
marque's sports cars, takes inspiration from the aerospace industry where weight
reduction is the ultimate goal. Strong yet light, the inherent properties of
modular aluminum lend themselves perfectly to an extremely rigid and versatile
platform which allows the production of a Virage coupe and Volante.
Standard equipment includes heated seats (Sports
seats only), cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone
preparation and the powerful 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby®
Pro Logic II® and full iPod® integration.
What's in a Name?
viragem. (French Noun)
1. bend, turn, curve
2. change, shift (in
Aston Martin's use of nomenclature beginning with a 'V'
dates back to the optional 'Vantage' engine on the 1950s DB2. So when the DP2034
(an internal design project number) had to be found a name in 1985, the hunt
began for an evocative word to carry on this tradition. The call went out to the
factory's craftsmen, its customers and to the Aston Martin Owners Club, ending
in the collation of hundreds of suggestions. Eventually the then Chairman,
Victor Gauntlett, and his Directors chose Virage to be the moniker of an all new
car destined to open a new chapter in the company's history.
and Virage Volante are on sale now, available from Aston Martin's global
dealership network spanning 132 dealerships in 41 countries. Pricing for the new
Virage will be confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show where it will be joined by two
further new cars; the V8 Vantage S and the new Tailor-Fit Cygnet city car, all
of which will be brought to production in the UK by Aston Martin in 2011.
Aston Martin Virage: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications