2011 Geneva Motor Show: 2012 Aston Martin Virage is something that we want

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2011

Aston Martin has unveiled the 2011 Virage today at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Virage is positioned between the elegant DB9 and sporty DBS. Powering the car is a hand-built 6.0 litre V12 engine that delivers 490 bhp (365 kW/497 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb. ft) of torque.

In addition, the engine is mated to six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted on the transaxle, helping to achieve perfect 50:50 weight balance. The new car has been fitted with single bi-xenon headlamps, a new single bi-xenon headlamps, a new front bumper, new front wings as well as a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system.

The car has also been installed with the new fully integrated Satellite Navigation system that was developed together with Garmin. The new 6.5 inch high resolution display makes use of the latest graphics and maps to guide the driver visually and aurally to the destination.

The following are fitted as standard: heated seats (Sports seats only), cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone preparation and the powerful 700W Aston Martin Premium AudioSystem with Dolby Pro Logic II and full iPod integration.

When it comes to the performance, Aston Martin gave the Virage a set of Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as standard, as well as a 'Sport' button which enables the driver to choose a sharper throttle response and faster gear changes.

The Virage also features a newly developed Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that intelligently 'reads' the road to provide optimum road holding, adapting to various conditions.

While it makes the most of the technology from the DBS, Aston Martin Virage combines this with the refinement and comfort present in the Rapide and DB9. Many of the brand’s trademark sports cars carry the brand’s very own bonded aluminium 'VH' architecture, which in turn was inspired by the aerospace industry where the ultimate goal is always to lower the weight.

Since the modular aluminum is light yet strong, this makes it suitable to be utilized in a versatile and rigid platform that resulted in the production of the Aston Martin Virage coupe and the Volante. It has a low stance but a wide body which helps sustain its tremendous power. The single bi-xenon headlamps follow the lines on the vehicle’s sides, thereby giving it a more modern look when viewed from the front.

Taking inspiration from the One-77, the aluminum metal grille on the front has five horizontal vanes which have been chamfered and thus result to an aerofoil profile. With the new front bumper being pure, it removes any possible visual complexities from the vehicle and this enhances the overall simplicity of its design. The front wings are able to differentiate the Aston Martin Virage from the other models as it offers a new and modern interpretation of the brand’s iconic side strake that houses the six LEDs to form the side repeater.

The side sills meanwhile have the same simplicity as that of the front bumper and these extend all the way to the rear diffuser wherein a blade in body color is housed and aids in highlighting the vehicle’s width. When the driver and passenger open the trademark swan swing doors, they are immediately met with seven hides using the finest Bridge of Weir leather and are clearly hand stitched by expert craftsmen.

The idea was inspired from luxury leather goods which resulted in a pinstripe welt that moves down to either said of its fascia and through the seat and the door. In terms of production, a total of 70 man hours of expert craftsmanship are required for the interior of the Aston Martin Virage alone in order to meet customer expectations of the brand. Overall, more than 200 man hours will be used to handcraft the Virage, which will be done at its global headquarters located in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.

This makes the Virage the tenth major production car to be manufactured in that facility within a span of eight years. Simplicity remains to be present even in the equipment especially with the fully integrated Satellite Navigation system, created at the same time as Garmin.

Through the four-way joystick that has been mounted on its fascia, operating this navigation system becomes easy. With a 6.5-inch display screen with high resolution, users can easily see the most current maps and graphics in order to aurally and visually get to their destination faster.

While heated seats come as standard, this is only for the Sports seats. Other standard equipment includes the satellite navigation, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone preparation, and full iPod integration. In terms of entertainment, the Virage has the brand’s 700-watt Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II.

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