Calling James Bond: 2012 Aston Martin Virage


2012-Aston-Martin-VirageThe car of choice for James Bond just got a little more confusing. First we have the Vantage, a 4.2 L V8 and new for 2011, a 6.0 L V12 stuffed into a coupe and hard top. Then we have the DB9, same scenario with a 6.0 L V12. Then there’s the DBS with a little more power from the 6.0 L V12. And of course we can’t forget about the four door 6.0 L V12 Rapide. Aston Martin figured it’d be a nice gesture to maybe throw another car in the mix. Aston Martin has introduced something in between the DB9 and DBS.

The new Aston Martin Virage, which looks similar to the Vantage, DB9, DBS and Rapide, will be powered by a 6.0 L V12 as mentioned above. So now James Bond has a difficult choice to make.

Aston-Martin-Virage-VolanteThe new Virage available in coupe and convertible (Volante) will fill the gap according to Aston Martin by:

Capitalizes on the technology from the DBS and unites it with the comfort and refinement found in the DB9 and Rapide.

The Virage will now have a midpoint horsepower between the DB9 and DBS. The 6.0 L V12 will be pushing out 497 horsepower and 420 pound-feet (569 Nm) of torque. Matched to a Touchtronic II automatic transmission mounted to the transaxle, should propel the Virage to 60 mph in a time of 4.6 seconds and topping out its max speed at 186 mph.

The Virage features some new technology from Aston Martin. A new Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with a specific tune, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with bespoke settings, and Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes.

In the cockpit, the Virage is loaded to the brink with leather and colored stitching. Standard features include cruise control, navigation, Bluetooth telephone capability, and a 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II and full iPod integration.

The Aston Martin Virage will be showcased at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.

[source: Aston Martin]

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