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Aston Tones Down the DBS in New Virage

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On: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 9:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Tones Down the DBS in New Virage

Aston Martin has a new car. More accurately, it has revived an old car. The Virage nameplate from the 1990s is back. Aston's latest two-door debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and aims to bring more subtle, toned-down styling for those who aren't quite ready to get behind the wheel of a DBS.

The Virage will split the DB models, landing between the DB9 and the DBS. Major specs and pricing reflect its position in the greater Aston family. The Virage will be powered by a 490-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine—right between the 470-hp DB9 and the 510-hp DBS—and will cost around 150,000 GBP ($244K) when it goes on sale, placing it smack in the middle between the £125,000 DB9 and  £175,000 DBS.

On the outside, Aston has attempted to make the car a little more luxurious and broadly appealing by incorporating new side sills, a new grille, and a new front bumper. It's definitely not as aggressive as the DBS.

The toned-down nature of the Virage is more than just superficial; the car is designed to drive a little more fluidly than the DBS as well. Toward this end, Aston has equipped the car with a Touchtronic II six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters. Aston also added refinements to its VH platform to add rigidity and cut noise, and the suspension has been tweaked with an Adaptive Damping System that reads the road conditions to provide a smoother, more supple ride.

The Virage will come in both coupe and convertible options. The interior will feature a few refinements including increased soundproofing, a new Garmin satellite-navigation system, and glass buttons. The Virage Volante will benefit from a soft-top that retracts and pitches more quickly.

While the emphasis is clearly on refinement, "where the driver can extract the maximum performance from the car with greater ease," the newest Aston still delivers plenty of raw performance. It hits 60 mph in under 5 seconds and tops out at 186 mph.

The Virage and Virage Volante are available now through Aston's global dealership network, and are scheduled for production later this year.

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