Aston Martin Virage Heading to Geneva Auto Salon 2011

Aston Martin Virage Heading to Geneva Auto Salon 2011

Aston Martin is bringing back the Virage, a brand new model based on the DB9 and positioned between the DB9 and DBS within the British car maker range. The car maker from Gaydon revealed the Virage today ahead of its official debut during the Geneva Motor Show starting in less than a week.

The Virage name tag is known to all car purists because of its heritage. The first Virage was introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988 and the replacement for several V8 models. The Virage was a large, heavy car, but the 32-valve 5.3 liter V8 engine’s 475Nm torque elevated its performance to near sports car levels. It was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 in 1996. In the end numerous versions were produced until the production stopped. By the end of the 2000 model year, 1,050 of all Virage related models had been produced.

Now the vehicle is back resembling the current Aston Martin DB9 setup, but with a different rear bumper, rear spoiler, side skirts, front bumper and alloys. The Virage is positioned in the middle of the brand’s line-up and has a carbon brake kit and an engine performance of 490bhp. It is unknown if it will be available as a Volante, like its predecessor from the 90’s.

Stay tuned for more information on the engine setup, pricing and availability.
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Published: February 22, 2011 8:23 pm

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  • Kevin

    Whatever they call it and whatever it’s place in the line up it’s still a fantastic looking car! I would be happy with just a V8 Vantage S

  • resa

    Hahahahahaha!

    This is the DB9 with aerodynamics package, how do they dare to call it by another name.

    They could pull it of only if the customers would be 100% blind.

    OMG, what a fail.

  • Haydervision

    I think Aston Marten should work on one 77 concept, it would really be better if they adopt some new lines from one 77 to other models instead of repeating them selves.

  • http://soec.org Neos281

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with most of you. I missed the point of Aston Martin’s product development team releasing the Virage whilst two other similar models are already in production. Seems like they are trying to do what Porsche has been so good at lately, which is releasing a special edition 911 every 3 months (ie Porsche Sport Classic Limited, Black Edition, GTS Edition, Speedster etc). Sadly, exclusivity has gone out the window in exchange for short term gain :(

  • avalancher

    @Des: Rolls-Royce is definitely in a class of its own on this matter… I checked for the “Phantom” name, and it was first used from 1925 to 1939, then 1950-1956, 1968-1991, and back in 2003 when they stopped counting, for what is now the Phantom VII.

  • http://www.gtspirit.com Des

    @avalancher: I agree Aston Martin never had a very good naming convention but Rolls-Royce is even worse. Maybe its a British thing?

  • Joss

    I dont think this is a model between the DBS and the DB9. I think this is going to replace the DB9. And then there will be the Virage Volante/Roadster and the Virage S and so on.. Because, if you ask me, the DB9 has been around for to long. Even the 612 was released after than the DB9 and it has gone now, but the DB9 is still in production..

  • avalancher

    This is just another big mistake from Aston’s marketing departement, and I’m getting sick of all this.

    – Why call it the Virage when everybody can see it’s a DB9 (or DBS or whatever, they’re all the same) ? Big mistake.

    – Why call it the Virage when the name already belongs to another car (which completetly screws all kind a search engine query). Big mistake, that you already did with the stupidely labeled Vantage.

    And I’m not talking of the ridiculous Cygnet or the cheap and childish videos
    http://www.gtspirit.com/2011/01/12/aston-martin-create-film-to-promote-rapide/

    Aston you suck.

  • Shawn

    sorry so this differs from a db9 how?

  • pietje

    what a joke exactly a db9 nothing changed boeh!!!!!!

  • Rick

    Dumb Dumb Dumb. Its is a DBS with new headlights. Everyone get excited! I love Aston Martin but come on its time for a new ahem AFFORDABLE car (not one 77)

  • Matt599

    Why do they keep making DB9 Variants??

    Also, they stole the rear diffusor from the maser granturismo…

  • http://www.youtube.com/shmee150 Shmee150

    490bhp; sits between DB9 and DBS in the line, as-well-as not instead-of.

  • kris_vd

    What’s the point of this car? Couldn’t they just release it as a facelift of DB9?