Video: 2012 Aston Martin Virage is an impressive appearance

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 23, 2011

Aston Martin, which can now provide its customers with a class-leading range, has introduced the new 2012 Virage -- a supremely powerful and elegant, yet understated sports car. The prestigious, dynamic and beautiful Virage combines outright sports car performance with comfort, refinement and luxury.

CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez said that the Virage is the “next level of evolution in our VH architecture strategy and it does everything with the perfection that you would expect today.”

The front mid-mounted V12 engine’s torque delivery provides a stellar performance, coupled with the Virage’s perfect weight distribution and inherent agility delivering the right balance between outright sports car performance and trademark sporting luxury distinguished by modern Aston Martins.

The Virage, which is luxurious and understated but delivers performance that leads to effortless driving, is slotted between the sporting DBS and the elegant DB9.

Aston Martin’s revered hand-built 6.0 liter V12 engine produces 490 bhp (365 kW/497 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb. ft) of torque and, by its carbon fiber prop shaft, is paired with a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted on the transaxle contributing to perfect 50:50 weight balance.

Its dynamics are set to deliver an engaging yet more refined driving experience, where the driver can get the maximum performance from the car with greater ease.

The Aston Martin Virage will feature Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes in all units, instead of just as an option as in other production cars, to raise the standard for vehicle stopping power. The CCM system does have greater power and counteraction to fading, as well as less weight than ordinary cast-iron discs. This contributes to reducing the vehicle’s total weight. At the same time, less weight in each wheel improves both riding and driving convenience. Acceleration is also improved because of reduced rotational mass.

The Virage takes the technology from the DBS and adds the comfortable elegance of the DB9 and Rapide. Aston Martin’s proprietary bonded aluminium ‘VH’ configuration that is actually at the core of the top sports cars is derived from aerospace technology where strength is sought at the lightest weight possible.

Modular aluminium is a perfect material for this system because it does have these desired properties. Thus, the Aston Martin Virage coupe and Volante are provided with a platform that has both strength and adaptability.

The Aston Martin Virage has a low and wide stance which is a clear marker of its power. Single bi-xenon headlamps are shaped with the sides for an updated and cleaner look head on. The aluminium metal grille is a new design which is partly taken from the One-77, and it has an aerofoil profile with its five chamfered horizontal vanes. The front bumper is also redesigned to be simpler and to blend more with the vehicle’s overall aesthetic.

The front wings set the Virage apart from its sister models. It features a modernisation of the legendary side strake with six LEDs perfectly shaped as the side repeater. The cleanliness and smoothness of the Virage’s front continue to the side sills and on to the rear diffuser, which features a blade that extends the smooth surface that highlights the car’s width.

Upon opening the trademark swan wing doors, the pleasing scent of seven different Bridge of Weir leathers of the best kind are immediately noticeable. These are exquisitely sewn and the design is inspired by the most luxurious leather goods with a pinstripe welt running along the seats, doors and down both sides of the facia to guide your eye all over the interior. Each Virage unit’s interior will represent 70 hours of superior-grade workmanship resulting in the renowned elegance synonymous with the Aston Martin label.

As a matter of fact, a total of more than 200 working hours will be used on the handcrafting process for the Virage at the Aston Martin global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England where it will be the company’s tenth major production vehicle assembled there within the last eight years.

Simplified elegance is represented throughout the car even with its innovative fully integrated Satellite Navigation system developed with Garmin. Operation is more intuitive with its four-way joystick located on the facia. A better and finer resolution 6.5 inch display with up-to-date graphics and maps for plotting the right path to any destination is available.

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