The Aston Martin Virage was the replacement of Aston Martin V8 models last decades. Presented at the Salon in Birmingham in 1988, joined the high performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 in 1996. The Aston Martin Virage car was designed as V8 top model of the company, with the 1994 6-cylinder DB7 slotted below. Although the Aston Martin DB7 switched to a V12 engine and claimed the crown of the performance, V8 (then shaped Vantage) remained the sole king and expensive built at the Aston hand.
Aston Martin Virage was replaced in 2000 with the Vanquish. The V8 Vantage name reappeared in a new entry-level model in 2005. At the end of the 2000 model year, 1050 all related Aston Martin Virage models were produced. Toned the new generation was introduced in 2011 Geneva Motor Show, to fit in the middle of the current alignment of Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Virage Design
Compared with the previous V8, the Aston Martin Virage design was fresh and modern. It was more like a Lagonda than the V8 it replaces. In fact, the chassis was an evolution of Lagonda Dion rear suspension with triangular stems tube positioned in the joint and Watts, and a unit double wishbone front. To reduce costs, most of the smaller pieces came from other companies, as was the case for many past Aston. The headlights and taillights were elegant Audi and Volkswagen Scirocco 200 units, respectively, while General Motors, Ford and Jaguar introduced the steering column, the climate control panel, and switches on the card. In fact, Ford bought Jaguar and Aston Martin Virage started shortly before.
The Aston Martin Virage was a big heavy car despite its aluminum body, but the 32-valve 5.3 L (5340 cc) V8 engine of 494 N·m of high torque performance levels close great car. “Acceleration never seems to run out,” said Sports Car International in a first test. They also welcomed the nature “forward speeds and faster” 335 hp (246 kW; 330 hp) with their heads Callaway designed fuel injection and Weber-Marelli. “Nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8” they concluded. The car 1790 kg could reach 158 mph (254 kmh). Automatic could reach 60 mph (97 km / h) standing in about 6.5 seconds. An upgrade to 354 hp (260 kW; 349 hp) was announced at the Motor Show Geneva 1996.
The manual five-speed ZF is a rare option is installed in fifty turns. The most popular option was three-speed automatic transmission Chrysler Torqueflite. In 1993, the three-speed transmission has been replaced with a four-speed automatic unit. The Vantage manual six-speed option also at the end of Virage production cycle
Aston Martin Virage Volante
The Aston Martin Virage convertible made its debut at Birmingham Motor 1990 as a strict two-seater, but a version 2 + 2 was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 1991. Examples of production, in 1992, were all on offer 2 + 2 seats. Sources claim that between 224 and 233 copies were produced when the series ended in 1996. 11 for example and had aspirated V8 h 1995 V8 LWB wheel with improved automatic four-speed overdrive and Torque-flite and 354 hp (264 kW). A Aston Martin V8 Volante, with a design based on the supercharged V8 Vantage Coupe and was built from 1997 to 2000 in an elongated frame style. 63 Long V8 Chassis Volante were built. Last Toned variant to be built was the ultra-limited V8 Vantage Volante 2000. Nine of these high-performance convertibles were produced, one in the long wheelbase chassis.
Aston Martin Virage (2011-2012)
In February 2011, it was revealed that a new Aston Martin Virage would be launched at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the DB9, the Aston Martin Virage was designed to sit in the narrow passage between the basic version and Aston Martin DBS flagship.