The Aston Martin Virage was originally produced between the years 1989 and 2000. When it first came out, the Virage was meant to replace the older V8 models and become the Aston Martin’s top model. Though the DB7, a model below it in the lineup, was given a V12 engine eventually, the Virage managed to hold on to the spot of being the most exclusive and expensive hand-built Aston. When the 2000 model year ended, there were 1,050 units from all Virage-related models produced. The Virage was reborn in 2011 to fill the gap between the flagship vehicle DBS and the more basic car DB9. It was, however, discontinued after 18 months of being produced since the three cars ended up with blurry distinctions from each other. The new Virage may not have been exactly labeled as successful but it is note-worthy that its total units produced within two years is almost the same as what its older brother churned out in a span of 11 years.
While the Aston Martin Virage is placed below the DBS, it is quite a capable car, mainly new and can put out 490bhp and go from 0 to 60mph within 4.6 seconds. Top speeds are also rated to be 186mph. However, the Virage is more of a gentleman’s GT car, explaining why chassis and suspension options were geared towards more subdued performance. This makes the Virage a refined GT car first and foremost and a sporting type second.
With the VH platform, the Virage offers a great combination of steering, handling, ride, and braking quality, performing in a way you would expect from the DBS’ shy little cousin. It’s really nothing like the original Virage models from before. If you’ve driven a newer Aston, you will see and feel how the Virage is definitely part of their lineup. Some even say that the Virage is better than the DBS in many ways, like how it’s more quiet and steering and handling is more pleasant. Better fuel economy and less CO2 emissions are good to have too as these can help you save on costs.
A new satellite navigation system is also in place, doing away with the relic that was installed on the DB9 and DBS, while interiors have been nicely restyled to incorporate more tasteful balance between luxury and sporting. Carbon ceramic brakes are also standard and new wipers, tyres, and wheels are incorporated.
The Virage is priced at £150k. At first, this would appear steep but when you take into consideration that you have carbon ceramic brakes with DB9 specs, this is actually a good value for your money. After all, that would put the price of the car to about £135k. Add in superior suspension, extensive interior equipment, and a more powerful engine and that £150k starts to become real worth it.
It’s no longer in a production. This is a real shame because the car has real chops that made it worthy as a replacement or upgrade for the DB9. In fact, if the Virage was dubbed the DB10, not many would contest it.
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