Aston Martin introduces the Virage ahead of Geneva

Aston Martin has introduced the new Virage model ahead of its Geneva debut next week.

In theory, the Virage is a 2+2 sport coupe (GT) that will sit between the DB9 and DBS models in the Aston Martin lineup. However, in practice the Virage appears on the outside to be a facelifted/restyled DB9 with new headlamps, grille and fenders. The Virage will have a Volante (convertible) variant too that expands this Gran Turismo's offerings.

The new Virage is made of a bonded aluminum structure with an aluminum, magnesium alloy and composite body on top of it. It features a hand-built, front mid-mounted 6.0 liter V12 doling out 490 bhp (365 kW/497 PS) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque. The power plant is mated to a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission through a carbon fiber prop shaft and the gearbox is mounted transversely on the axle for 50:50 total weight distribution.

0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) clocks in at 4.6 seconds and top speed is 299 km/h (186 mph).

The Virage will feature technologies such as an Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which 'intelligently reads the road' for optimized handling. A 'Sport' function also adapts the driving dynamics for a sportier ride with quicker throttle response.

Aston Martin is also fitting its Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as standard on the Virage, something it claims is unique.

On the inside, as seen in the photos published here, the Aston Martin heritage gets to shine through with a Walnut fascia trim and Iridium Silver center console that properly declares its British luxury credentials.

Pricing for the Virage will be announced at its Geneva premiere.

There's lots more in the press release including details on options.

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Motor show Geneva Motor Show
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