Aston Martin relaunches the Virage name with new model
Aston Martin has announced it will be making a new model that will bear the Virage badge, a DB9-sized sportscar that will cost around £150,000.
The new Aston Martin Virage will debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show, and is said to sit between the DBS and the DB9 in the range.
It will come in both coupe and convertible formats, and will contain Aston's 6.0-litre V12 engine that also features in the Vantage, DB9, DBS and the Rapide, but the Virage will get its own bespoke power output. Where all the other Astons come with 470bhp, the new model boosts this to 490bhp.
A six-speed Touchtronic automatic gearbox will help get the power to the wheels, while a Sport mode lets the driver specify a faster throttle response and allows slicker gear changes and holds onto each gear longer rather than automatically changing up as the rev limiter approaches.
To bring the Virage to a stop, Aston is including carbon ceramic brakes as standard, something the McLaren MP4-12C doesn't, while an adaptive damping system allows the driver to choose from ten different suspension settings – five in Normal mode, and a further five in Sport mode.
The usual attention to detail has been lavished on the interior, with seven high-quality leather hides used for the seats and the facia, while a total of 70 man hours will be spent on creating the inside of each Virage.
Outside, Aston Martin says there is an influence from the brand's halo One-77 hypercar, particularly in the grille, while the bi-xenon headlights are shared with the Rapide. Otherwise it bears a strong resemblance to the other cars in Aston's range, particularly the DBS, with which it shares plenty of its dimensions. It is based on the same VH platform that sits under the rest of the current Aston Martin range.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "100 years of automotive history has demonstrated that evolution delivers the best solutions in time.
"So it is with Virage; it is the next level of evolution in our VH architecture strategy and it does everything with the perfection that you would expect today. It is the perfect balance of opposites."
It will make its debut at the Geneva show next week, where its precise pricing will be revealed, although the company says it is available immediately.