The Aston Martin Virage was replace the decades-old V8 models. Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, it was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993 and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 in 1996. The V8-powered car was intended as the company’s top model, with the 6-cylinder 1994 DB7 slot underneath. Although the Aston Martin VDB7 switched to a V12 engine and claimed the performance crown, this V8 model remained the exclusive, expensive and hand-built king of Astons. It was replaced in 2000 with the Aston Martin Vanquish. The V8 Vantage name appeared on a new entry-level model in 2005. By the end of the model year 2000. Aston Martin Virage 1050 models have been produced. The new generation of Aston Martin Virage was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, fit into the center of the current occupation of Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Virage Design
Compared to the previous V8, the design was fresh and modern. It looked more like a Lagonda than the V8 it replaces. In fact, the chassis was an evolution of Lagonda with a De Dion tube rear axle, located by radius rods triangle and a Watts link and a double wishbone unit at the front. To reduce costs, many of the less important pieces came from other companies as an Aston had been the case for many past. The sleek headlights and taillights were Audi and Volkswagen Scirocco 200 units respectively while General Motors, Jaguar and Ford provided the steering column, air panel and dashboard switch. In fact, Ford Aston Martin and Jaguar had bought just before the Aston Martin Virage debuted.
The Aston Martin Virage was a big, heavy car, despite its all-aluminum body, but the 32-valve 5.3 L (5340 cc) V8 engine of 494 N·m torque increases its power near supercar levels. “Acceleration only seems never runs out,” claimed Sports Car International at a first test. She also praised the “eager and faster turning” character of the 335 PS (246 kW, 330 PS) designed with his Callaway heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. “Nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8” she concluded. The 1790 kg (3946 pounds) car could reach 158 hours miles (254 km/h). The automatic could reach 60mph (97 km/h) in 6.5 seconds from the state. An upgrade to 354 hp (260 kW, 349 hp) was announced at the Geneva Motor Show 1996.
The five-speed manual ZF was a pretty rare opportunity only about fifty Aston Martin Virage equipped. The more popular automatic option was Chrysler three-speed Torqueflite transmission. For 1993, the three-speed was replaced with a four-speed automatic unit. The six-speed manual transmission from the Vantage was also optional late in the production run of the Aston Martin Virage.
Aston Martin Virage Volante
The Aston Martin Virage Volante convertible debuted at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1990 as a strict two-seater, but a 2 + 2 version was shown at the 1991 Geneva Motor Show. Production examples, beginning in 1992, were all with 2 + 2 seating. Sources claim that had been prepared from 224 to 233 examples when the series ended in 1996. The last 11 example (ie the difference between 224-233) had the naturally aspirated version of the later 1995 Engine V8 and V8 LWB Volante the improved four-speed overdrive and Torqueflite automatic and 354 hp (264 kW). A new V8 Volante, with styling based on the V8 Vantage Coupe and compressor was built from 1997- 2000. prolonged chassis. 63 long chassis V8 Volante were built. The final version of the ultra Aston Martin Virage Volante limited V8 Vantage 2000 Nine of these high-performance convertible was produced to be built, one of them on the long wheelbase.
Aston Martin Virage (2011-2012)
In February 2011 it was announced that a new Aston Martin Virage would be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in life. Based on the Aston Martin DB9 was the Aston Martin Virage is to sit in the narrow slit between the base version and the flagship Aston Martin DBS.