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Aston Martin unveils new Virage

Aston set to launch 'warmer' DB9 dubbed the Virage, powered by the familiar 6.0-litre V12, it will sit below the DBS in the range.

By Tom Philips

Call it a spicier DB9, or a medium strength DBS... Aston Martin has exploited the middle ground between its two V12-powered coupés and resurrected a famous name of old to create a brand new model.

The new Virage offers the best compromise between the refined cruising ability of the DB9 and sporty prowess of the DBS, according to the firm – and updates features from both. Power is from Aston’s hand-built 6.0-litre V12. It delivers exactly 20bhp more than a DB9 and 20bhp less than a DBS, at 490bhp, and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed auto box.

The engine also features a new exhaust manifold for an even more intoxicating sound, and develops its 570Nm of torque low down in the rev range for maximum driveability. Beneath the skin is the aluminium VH architecture that underpins all modern Astons, while the Virage gets newly developed adaptive dampers. These offer five different stiffness settings in normal mode, and five more when owners press the Sport button on the dashboard.

This also sharpens throttle response, holds on to gears for longer and speeds up shifts. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, too. Striking xenon lights help to distinguish the Virage from other Astons, while there’s a five-bar aluminium grille – inspired by the One-77 hypercar – and a cleaner front bumper, with a single lower grille in place of the DB9’s three-part element.
Also fitted are fresh sills, 20-inch alloys and side vents with a chrome highlight that extends on to the doors. A new rear diffuser completes the look. Inside, the Virage gets upgraded leather seats, and Aston has finally responded to criticism of its ageing Volvo-sourced sat-nav and replaced it with the latest integrated Garmin.

Heated seats, a 700W stereo and Bluetooth hands-free also feature. The Coupé comes as a 2+2, or with a storage shelf instead of rear seats to save weight. A Volante drop-top is also available. Prices will be confirmed at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, but are expected to split the DB9 and DBS, starting at £150,000.

Source: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/264553/aston_martin_unveils_new_virage.html


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Offline eddievanhalen

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Just when you thought they'd run out of ideas for "special editioning " their whole range  :rolleyes:

Back in 2009 a mate said to me .........."you watch , they'll bring out a Dr Bez Special Edition DBS and that's when you'll know they've totally lost the plot."   I just laughed but sure enough in March 2010 they did.

Can't believe how long it's taken but good on them for finally ditching that diabolical sat nav.

Offline carmooch

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Saw it coming...



From June 2010. Basically its a DBS body, Rapide headlights and front air dam I sourced from an early test mule.

Offline futurism

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I cant tell it apart from from the db9, rapide, vantage, dbs

I also saw their head guy talking about developing a straight 6 turbo engine, as they would work on engines for a while since the current platform has at least 5 more years in it

If they are still making a full lineup that looks (to me) pretty much the same in 5 years time they will be in trouble.

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Debut at Geneva. 

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It's a stunning car, but I don't see how they can seperate it from the DB9...Just looks like a minor facelift to me.

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Autocar review: 

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