Aston Martin Virage Review
Aston Martin have created a number of iconic sports and supercars over time. Examples of this are of course 007’s DB5 and DBS. Supplementing the silver screen greats are the Zagato and the somewhat lesser known Virage.
The Virage is a bit special for a few reasons. Firstly it filled the narrow gap between the DB9 and the DBS by offering performance that sat between the two but offered superior levels of refinement. A proper gentlemen’s GT, the Virage represents something special. One other key reason is that the styling used on Virage was so well received that the last revision of the DB9 before its retirement was based heavily on the Virage. Lining them up the
only difference is the brake calliper colours and the scooped spoiler on the DB9. What this meant is that the Virage was perhaps ahead of the times and it’s retirement was only in name as the looks and feel were simply transplanted to the new DB9.
The Virage, attracting a substantial premium over the DB9, is also a rare beast with values over the past couple of years remaining the same, with a hint of appreciation on very good examples.
So, what is the Virage actually like? If it were possible to condense every asset of the Virage into one word it would be sublime.
Starting with the interior, it is simply beautiful. Luxury oozes from every part of the cabin. The switchgear and leather quality is certainly superior to the DB9, taking some of the nicer elements from the Rapide as well. Of course, as a six-figure GT it is comfortable to drive and it simply makes you feel special.
The exterior, as mentioned above, is a more grown up / modern take of the DB9 of the time. A Virage can easily be mistaken for a brand new DB9 for all but the most keen Aston Martin aficionado. The lines are elegant yet still masculine, it is a timeless design and one which will endure for many years to come.
Once you have finished appreciating the aesthetics of the Virage, it is time to look at the business end of the car. With the well
established and much loved 6.0l V12 naturally aspirated engine (producing a healthy 490hp) married to the silky smooth Touchtronic II gearbox, the Virage is perhaps the smoothest GT on the road.
Power delivery is instantaneous, but not as harsh as the DBS. Acceleration is rapid to say the least, however you feel wafted from 0-62 in 4.6s rather than the forceful shove of the DBS getting you there only .3s quicker. Noise wise, the exhaust and engine note of
the Virage is perfect. It is again not as aggressive as the DBS, meaning it is more sonorous giving you a lovely sound, but not something that will be frowned upon when you arrive at the golf club.
Ok, so the Virage looks stunning inside and out, it has the performance credentials and sounds beautiful, but what is it like to drive?
As I mentioned earlier, power delivery is smooth yet rapid, the V12 delivers power through the Touchtronic II gearbox effortlessly with plenty of torque on tap. On the open road, the Virage is pleasant as a refined cruiser getting you from A to B in comfort and luxury with no drama. However, once you come off the motorway and onto
A-roads you can start to have more fun pushing the Virage through twisty roads using all of the v12’s 490 horses to push you through corners whilst the suspension keeps everything nicely bolted to the road. Perhaps the most fun to be had in the Virage is on the twistier country B-Roads where you can really use the full range of the Virage accelerating rapidly through chicanes and away from sharper hair-pin corners. Even on rougher roads the suspension irons out all but the worst pot-holes.
No matter what you throw at the Virage in terms of road type you will always come out smiling, listening to the lovely exhaust note or appreciating the effortless power delivery.
In our tests we had both the Coupe and Volante and can confidently say both are equally accomplished. Whilst I personally prefer a coupe, the lines are largely retained on the Volante. For the 1 day of the year you get to enjoy the Virage with the roof down, it could be worth it.
Obviously, the Virage is no longer made, so sourcing one via the pre-owned market is your only option and, with it being such a rare beast, it is more of a sellers market with only a dozen or so available at any given time. With prices starting at around £75,000 and £95,000 for the Volante (at time of writing) the Virage could well represent an investment opportunity as prices do not seem to have changed for at least 12 months (with exception to seasonal variations, in other words buy in the winter and sell in the summer).
When looking for a pre-owned Virage a full service history is naturally imperative and most examples have low mileage, but you
shouldnt need to lay more than £100,000 down.
So¦ going back to the beginning, in a word the Virage is sublime in every way and should certainly be considered by anyone looking for an Aston Martin that is a bit special.
If you would like to find out more about the Aston Martin Virage, or are interested in JCS Prestige sourcing one for you, please get in touch with our Prestige specialist, Christian Jackson-Kew on 01223 911 971 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org