Aston Martin Virage review

          The Virage combines outright sports car performance with luxury, comfort and refinement. The front mid-mounted V12 engine’s torque delivery provides outstanding performance, coupled with the car’s inherent agility and perfect weight distribution delivering the ideal balance between outright sports car performance and trademark sporting luxury exemplified by modern Aston Martins.

          Engine drives the rear wheels via a carbon-fibre propeller shaft and a six speed ZF automatic transaxle. It's a smooth operator if not over endowed with low down torque, so you need to keep the revs up, although that's no hardship with a whooshing wailing exhaust note, only slightly marred by whistling belt drives on our test car.

           Aston Martin’s revered hand built 6.0 litre V12 engine produces 490 bhp (365 kW/497 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque and through its carbon fibre prop shaft, is mated to a six speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted on the transaxle contributing to perfect 50:50 weight balance.


            * Type of engine: All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, V12
            * Power bhp (kW) at RPM: 490 bhp at 6500 rpm
            * Body Type: Two-door Coupe
            * Connectivity: Bluetooth telephone preparation

            * Price (est): £150,000

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