2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe and Volante Set for Debut at the Geneva Motor Show

2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe
2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe

Aston Martin has taken the wraps of its new Virage Coupe and Virage Volante. Sitting between the DBS and DB9, the Virage capitalises on the technology from the DBS and unites it with the comfort and refinement found in the DB9 and Rapide.

The soft-top Volante and Virage Coupe are both powered by the company’s hand-built 6.0-liter V12 engine. Given that the same poweplant produces 477HP and 443 lb-ft in the DB9 and 517HP and 420 lb-ft in the DBS, it’s only natural that the Virage’s V12 would fit in between in terms of output delivering 490hp and 420 lb-ft of peak torque. The standard transmission is a six-speed automatic Touchtronic 2 gearbox, helping to deliver a 0-60 time of about 4.5 seconds and maxing out at a top speed of 186 miles per hour.

The suspension is double-wishbone on all four corners, with Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Sport mode as standard equipment. Wheels are 20-inch alloys, mounted over carbon ceramic disc brakes at all four corners (six-piston calipers up front, four-piston units in the rear), with Pirelli P Zero tires standard.

2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante
2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante

On the outside, the Virage sports a new aluminium metal front grille with five horizontal vanes that’s inspired by the One-77, along with a redesigned front bumper, a fresh interpretation of Aston’s side strake with six LEDs on the front wings, different side sills and a re-profiled rear bumper. Inside, Aston Martin’s Virage models come with a full leather interior complete with colored piping and several standard features such as cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone preparation and a 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II (Bang&Olufsen) and full iPod integration

In coupe form, the Virage will be available as a 2+2 or a strictly two seater as an option, the latter providing a rear parcel shelf, while also reducing weight. The Aston Martin Virage will receive its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next week and go on sale shortly after.

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