Aston Martin Virage Previewed Ahead of 2011 Geneva Auto Show Debut

2011 Geneva Auto Show

  • Aston Martin Virage Picture

    Aston Martin Virage Picture

    The Aston Martin Virage, which makes its debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, relies heavily on the British marque's history and the DNA of its siblings. | February 23, 2011

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2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The new Aston Martin Virage and Virage Volante, which slot in between the DB9 and DBS, were unveiled ahead of next week's 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
  • The British marque resurrects the old Virage nameplate, which dates back to the original car's introduction at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988.
  • The new Virage's mid-mounted 5.9-liter V12 makes 490 horsepower. It is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
  • Pricing will be announced at Geneva.

GAYDON, England — The new Aston Martin Virage has debuted ahead of its formal unveiling next week at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, resurrecting a defunct nameplate and drawing lots of design cues from its British siblings. The key question — how much will it cost — will not be announced until show time.

However, expect the Virage to be priced between the 2011 Aston Martin DB9, which starts at $192,665, including a $1,350 destination charge, and the 2011 Aston Martin DBS, which starts at $277,350, including shipping.

The Virage has two body styles: a two-door coupe and a soft-top convertible. Aston Martin said in coupe form, the Virage is available as a 2+2 or 2+0 as an option.

The Aston Martin DNA is evident in the post-modern interpretation of the Virage, from the One-77-inspired grille to the cues drawn from the DB9 and DBS, the two models that bracket it in the company's lineup. The front fenders set the Virage apart from its siblings, including a new interpretation of the Aston Martin side strake that bundles six LED lights. Other design cues include Aston Martin's signature swan-wing doors. The British marque said it was aiming for understated luxury with the design. Aston Martin clearly opted to be cautious with its new model.

The Virage's mid-mounted 5.9-liter V12 makes 490 horsepower. It is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. The EPA has not yet provided a fuel-economy rating on the Virage.

The cabin gets a full leather treatment, with sports seats and walnut trim. Standard equipment includes cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, a premium audio system and iPod integration.

Aston Martin says "Virage" is a French noun that means "bend, turn, curve or change, shift (in orientation)." says: Not a dramatic shift in orientation for Aston Martin, though. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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