Aston Martin Virage… It Looks Better Than It Is

Recently, I got to get behind the wheel of the brand new Aston Martin Virage Volante. This model is positioned in the middle of their V12 line-up. So now you can have a DB9 with 470 hp, a DBS with 510 hp, and the new Virage with 490 hp.

0-100 km/h takes just 4.6 seconds and top speed is touted to be 300 km/h.

Impressive but not much different than what a DB9 can achieve. The same also goes for the looks. Yes, it is a very pretty car, but its a case of ‘seen that before.’

It’s the same story with the interior, it is identical to the one you’ll find in the DB9/DBS. Sure there are some different trim pieces available, but nothing major.

On the road, it actually felt lazier than any other V12 Aston I have ever driven. Even in sport mode, it lacked the bottom end punch I’ve come to expect from these cars, and while it sounds good when pushed, at slow speeds it was too muted.

This is perhaps the luxury variant from this trio, and the ride certainly backs this up. Even on the broken pavement of downtown Toronto, the car rode quite well. So if you want the looks with a softer demeanor, than the Virage is for you. But then, why have they fitted it with carbon-brakes? After all, carbon-brakes suggests a car is for track use, and this isn’t. Makes no sense.

If this car does make sense to you and you have $222,000 to spend on a new car, I wish you all the best.

P.S. One final word of advice, buy the coupe rather than the Volante convertible. Not only does the coupe look nicer, but the Volante suffers from terrible chassis flex. Personally, I’d rather buy a used DBS or an Audi R8 V-10.

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