2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe and Virage Valonte

The smooth, sensual lines of the Virage Coupe and Virage Volante bodywork perfectly reflect the way it performs. With a peerless 490 bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, the Aston Martin Virage has the outright pace of a purebred sports car, but thanks to its six-speed ‘Touchtronic 2’ automatic transmission and carbon ceramic brakes, such performance is delivered with composure and maturity. Taut lines and generous, fluid curves give the Aston Martin Virage a sleek, muscled physique to match its powerful performance potential. Masterful detailing ensures it has its own distinct identity, while an opulently appointed interior fashioned from the finest natural materials creates a truly luxurious environment for driver and passenger alike.

Immaculate design, innovative engineering, immense performance and impeccable quality are cornerstones of the Aston Martin Virage range. Add generous equipment levels, supreme comfort and the prestige of a smooth and powerful V12 engine and the result is a hugely desirable luxury sports GT of unique ability and style. The Aston Martin Virage combines the presence and formidable performance of a V12-engined sports car with the comfort, convenience and prestige of a true luxury car. Delivering an intoxicating blend of commanding pace and cosseting sensory indulgence, every journey is an experience to savour. The Aston Martin Virage Volante is a lesson in the elemental pleasure of open-top driving. With all the dynamism and refinement you would expect of a V12 Aston Martin sports car coupled with the comforts of a true luxury GT, the Virage Volante takes you to another dimension of pleasure.

Built around Aston Martin’s proven all aluminium structure for lightness and strength, and powered by a bespoke version of the company’s iconic V12 engine, the Virage offers a new twist to Aston Martin’s unique brand of performance. Available exclusively with a six-speed ‘Touchtronic 2’ automatic transmission complete with paddle-shifters, it is effortless to drive in town and country alike but offers the potential for true driver involvement when the mood or opportunity arises. In addition, huge carbon ceramic brakes offer increased durability and fade resistance for absolute stopping power.

Befitting its role as a luxury GT, the Aston Martin Virage Coupe and Virage Valonte features a number of convenience features, including cruise control, memory seats, a powerful audio system and a new, high-resolution satellite navigation system fitted as standard. The finest natural materials have been used extensively throughout the interior which, on the Aston Martin Virage Coupe, is available in a choice of 2+2 or more sporting 2+0 configuration. Neatly fusing the full-blooded performance and striking looks of a thoroughbred sports car with the effortless character and lavish appointments of a luxury GT, the Aston Martin Virage is the perfect choice for the discerning driver who demands comfort but also desires genuine dynamism.

Hand-assembled at Aston Martin’s purpose-built engine facility in Cologne, displacing 6.0 litres and delivering 490 bhp and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, the Virage’s V12 engine is one of the all-time great powerplants. By avoiding turbo- or supercharging to achieve its impressive power and torque outputs, Aston Martin’s V12 is unmatched for purity and immediacy of response. Tuned to deliver more than 80 per cent of its peak torque at just 1500 rpm, this majestic engine is unique in its class and endows the Virage with addictive and readily accessed performance. Like all Aston Martin sports cars, the Virage is constructed using advanced techniques and lightweight materials. The Aston Martin Virage also has its engine mounted as far back in the chassis as possible for a front mid-engined configuration, which brings inherent advantages in both ride and handling.

With a top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) and the ability to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, the Aston Martin Virage can count itself amongst the fastest GTs in the world. The tremendous vocal range of its V12 engine means that it is also one of the most characterful. From the moment it fires exuberantly into life you know you are in for a treat, but thanks to special bypass valves in the exhaust system, the Aston Martin Virage is blessed with an ability to soothe you when cruising as well as inspiring with a stirring howl when driven hard. A true sporting luxury GT, the Virage effortlessly adapts to complement your journey and suit your mood. With ‘Sport’ mode engaged, not only does the drive by wire throttle become 30 per cent sharper but the ‘Touchtronic 2’ transmission delivers 50 per cent quicker gearshifts. What is more, for increased control it will allow you to hold onto a gear, and even hit the rev limiter. And because we know there is nothing better than the sound of a howling V12, ‘Sport’ mode also opens the exhaust bypass valves a little earlier for maximum excitement.


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