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2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante Review

Aston Martin introduces the new Aston Martin Virage - extremely elegant and powerful, but the one next to each other that the low-key sports car. Mark is now able to provide its customers with class-leading range of all the different characters, but also a unique soul of Aston Martin and luxury.

Beautiful, dynamic and prestigious Aston Martin Virage combines pure performance sports car of luxury, comfort and refinement. The central front-mounted V12 engine torque provides exceptional performance together with the inherent agility in the car and the perfect weight distribution provide the ideal balance between performance and luxury full athletic brand of modern sports illustrated by Aston Martin.

Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez said: "100 years of automotive history has shown that evolution produces the best solutions in a timely manner Virage So it is, is the next level of evolution, we VH architecture, strategy, and makes everything perfectly, you can expect today .. It 'the perfect balance of opposites. "


Aston Martin Virage is perennially among the elegant DB9 and DBS offers an open sports car for our customers, who remains in a performance of luxury and rustic, but offers more and, most importantly, the performance, which is always available without problems guide.

Aston Martin revered hand-built 6.0-liter V12 produces 490 horsepower (365 kW/497 hp) and 570 nm (420 lb-ft) of torque through the axis of carbon fiber, is coupled to an automatic transmission six-speed Touchtronic II mounted on deck to help balance the weight perfectly 50:50.

The dynamics of Aston Martin Virage resolved to offer a more attractive driving experience more refined, the driver can extract the maximum performance of the car more easily. A new adaptive damping system (ADS) intelligently "reads" the road to provide optimal control, adapting to different conditions. Now, the system selects up to five different stiffness parameters in normal mode, and five rigid parameters in the way of sport.


Helps the driver control, a "sport" button on the dashboard allows the driver to select an answer marked acceleration of the changes and the fastest team, while taking no gear changes automatically rather than limiting revolution.

Aston Martin Virage will be provided with carbon ceramic matrix (CCM) brakes as standard - bucking trends in this market - offering a huge and progressive braking power. Powerful, fade-resistant and much lighter than traditional cast iron discs, the CCM braking system means that not only reducing the overall weight of the vehicle, but the weight savings on each wheel means that a better balance between ride comfort and handling can be affected. Low rotating mass provides better acceleration.

Aston Martin Virage active technology and combine it with the comfort and refinement found in DB9 and Rapide. Aston Martin bonded to an aluminum architecture "VH", which constitutes the backbone of the sports car brand, inspired by the aerospace industry, where weight reduction is the ultimate goal. Durable and lightweight, modular aluminum intrinsic properties are ideal for a very rigid and versatile platform, which enables the production of Aston Martin Virage Coupe and Volante.


Aston Martin Virage sits wide and low power demands, which is below, a bi-xenon headlamps follow the lines of the sides to give a car more lively and modern face. The aluminum grille inspired by the new One-77, consists of five horizontal wings, which are beveled to create the profile of support. The new front bumper is clean and the machine to alleviate any visual complexity of the overall objective of the simplicity of design. Front wings separated by Aston Martin Virage his team mates to host a new modern interpretation of the iconic Aston Martin side of the body strake six LEDs style, forming one side of the repeater. Aston Martin Virage side skirts to drive simplicity through a rear bumper diffuser, which houses the body-colored blade width aggravated by a car.

Such as drivers and passengers opening doors of the wings of the signing of a swan, you are greeted by the aroma of the finest leathers in September Bridge of Weir leather hand-sewn by skilled craftsmen. The inspiration was taken by luxury leather goods to produce a pinstripe Welt falling on both sides of the dashboard and along the seat and the door, drawing your eye through the car. Aston Martin Virage Each will have 70 hours of expert craftsmanship always within one to create the famous Aston Martin of sophisticated interiors. In total, more than 200 man-hours spent on the world headquarters of Aston Martin Virage craft in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, became the tenth largest production car was built there in less than eight years.


Go through the simplicity of the new vehicle system, fully integrated GPS was developed in collaboration with the Garmin. The new system will simplify the use of current through the four-way joystick mounted on the dashboard. New 6.5 inch high-resolution uses the latest graphics and maps, a visual and aural to reach the driver.

Standard equipment includes heated seats (Sports seats only), cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone preparation, and a powerful 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby ® Pro Logic ® II, and all iPod ® integration.

Performance

Sitting in the heart of every sports car Aston Martin is a naturally aspirated engine and no more in the new Virage, which adopts the famous hand-built 6.0-liter V12, which are assembled at Aston Martin is suitable engine plant in Cologne, Germany. Aston Martin technicians spend more than 20 hours to build and test each engine before sending in Gaydon, where he got that far in the Aston Martin Virage can contribute to its ideal weight distribution of 50/50.

The Aston Martin Virage engine produces 490 hp (365 kW/497 hp) and 570 nm (£ 420 ft) of torque and is identified by other V12s in the family with a black plenum. Houses plenum of a new "five pillars of design" increase the stiffness of the tubing to deliver improved sound quality. The V12 is designed to provide over 85% of the maximum torque-turn only 1500 rpm for an effect immediate and vital, real-world use of traction.

Aston Martin, Director of Product Development, Minards Ian explains: "The Virage is another new landmark in the Aston Martin GT class in sports, combining luxury and performance our design team has tried to balance the elements of contemporary design, excellent credentials and soft-riding We are focused on key elements of the self in terms of performance and control .. as well as details of the complex operation, comfort and professionalism. "


II Touchtronic transmission features standard, and contributes to the delivery of Aston Martin Virage refined power to change gears more tangible effort. Designed in collaboration with ZF, the six-speed automatic transmission is a bad position to remain silent regarding the roadside and give a response when driving hard to get. Switched fine polished glass is P, R, N, D on the dashboard, the driver can activate the automatic and intelligent control system that decides the right time to shift gears in order to achieve smooth, the optimum fuel economy.

In addition, the driver has the opportunity to pull or a leather-coated blades to go hand in magnesium. Mounted on the steering column so that the driver can not always be easy to spot, either up or down, the manual mode gives the driver complete control.

Virage has a Sport button on the dashboard that, when depressed, will create an enhanced driving experience through quicker gear changes and automatic system will replace the driver is able to maintain the equipment in the limiter speed.

Control

New Aston Martin Virage introduces a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which is adjusted to fit the specific nature of Aston Martin's new sports GT. Each cushion has five individual computer-controlled settings of rigidity. This enables Virage "read" the road through sensors placed strategically around the car, constantly adjusting to drive in every corner. Using the yaw rate, acceleration sensors, steering wheel, accelerator and brake (ABS) sensors, intelligent system can take into account the needs of the driver has to do with the machine at any given time. Adaptive Damping System Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses these measurements to determine the best settings for dampers required at any time to become more rigid, better management and control when driving dynamics and ride comfort becomes softer and more during 'normal' driving conditions.

Increased vehicle control, glass button ads on the dashboard allows the driver to override the system to grow firmer shock absorbers for a variety of contexts. When the button is pressed, the first five seconds is all dampers to their firmest set gives the driver a difference. After five seconds, the system will return to the optimal configuration within the fixed area resulting in a more targeted approach, but the driving experience.

Turn is delivered to customers in carbon ceramic matrix (CCM) brakes as standard - the evolution of this market. Critically acclaimed for the ultimate in progressive braking power, CCM hard to enjoy six-piston front and four rear. Give the driver control when braking tangible, which is much stronger than conventional cast iron discs fade and 12.5 kg lighter than a conventional system, contributing to help lower unsprung mass ride comfort and handling.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) has been specially optimized for the Aston Martin Virage. A three-stage DSC system allows the driver to adjust the level of intervention depending on the type of electronic behavior. In default mode, the system is "on" limit any tire slippage in difficult conditions, and provide maximum security possible without being intrusive. Hold the button for four seconds, begin DSC "Track Mode", which could be delayed electronics, creating an even purer experience safe. Press the button for five seconds to turn off completely.


Using the knowledge gained from the V8 Vantage Roadster and DBS Volante, Virage Volante, the new features a cradle securely mounted and front and rear panels of shear, which provide a high level of rigidity. This means that Virage Volante retains its sporty dynamics, without compromising the roof open. For the first time on an Aston Martin Virage coupe they are also using a shear panel on the back of the car, again to increase the strength and stiffness.

The Aston Martin fully integrated standard navigation satellite systems has been completely revised for the benefit of Aston Martin Virage from a new system developed in collaboration with Garmin, which is operated by using the joystick and buttons on existing facade. Features include brilliant graphics, a better image of junction views and radars. The new system maintains its integrated nature, out of sight of the instrument panel real wood, from smooth in the center console with the push of a button. Verification by aluminum four-way joystick prevent fingerprints on the screen charm that prevents a clear vision.

Design, refinement and comfort

The new Virage was designed in the design studio dedicated to the Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. As an independent, Aston Martin can take a first draft, through a clay model of natural size, then a prototype and finally in production on a site. That allows the brand to the customer trends agile and responsive and requirements.

Virage is built in the same plant as the DBS and Aston Martin DB9 and the tenth new model will be important to go to the site of production in the United Kingdom was opened because of Gaydon.

Marek Reichman, design director at Aston Martin said: "The new travel trend Virage Aston Martin design language in a new modern phase, we modeled a new face, which sharpens and refines the Aston Martin Virage while still instantly recognizable as a pure Aston Martin. sports. The car looks as if it were precision machined from a single aluminum billet highlight the attention to detail and exquisite tongue surface. At Aston Martin we are proud of beautiful sharp surfaces created by skilled craftsmen. "


Reichman continues, "The Virage is always fun to pick up the glass and polished aluminum crown key, walk and enjoy an incredible, and tacitly appreciate the treatment of all other senses, finishing materials, makes every trip. an event.

"Virage is the current identity on his sleeve, do not scream" Look at me, "suggests its potential easily enough, through an elegant, clean lines and low stance."

New single-lens bi-xenon lights are less than a new headlight which has a light side "bar" to damp the LED light gives Virage individual path but not too pungent visual.

New 20 "wheels provide a sense of proportion with five double-spoke design as standard pin and 10-spoke forged wheels diamond turning as an option. Customers are also given the opportunity to coordinate their brake calipers with color exterior paint with black, gray, red and yellow now available.


Aston Martin design team was to create a sports car, which provides customers with the utmost sophistication, combined with a further increase in power and control for our customers want. This ends the additional insulation is applied to the front and rear bulkheads to create a relaxed atmosphere, on a cruise. Aston Martin Virage Volante has a layer of Thinsulate insulation, soft-top Volante Coupe makes you feel like when the top is up. Each of Virage are seven hides of the finest leather from Scandinavia to any interior design, taking more than 70 hours and used boats. It is this attention to detail, creating a beautiful and moving more of the interior decoration in place today.

While the driver or passenger opens a swan wing doors - which open and out 12 degrees to avoid scratching stones near the border - have greeted the leather seams are sewn by hand cast a seamstress to make sure of consistency in the car. 10-way adjustable sport seats are sculpted for maximum support and comfort for two-stage heated seats immediately shake the chill of a frosty morning. Provides an alternative arrangement based light is available in 2 0 coupe appearance.

Participation in the feeling of luxury, finely ground glass buttons adorn the instrument panel, inviting the driver to choose the configuration and control. Aston Martin's engineering team has remained true to the philosophy of using materials honestly, what are the real facias hand finished and polished woods, play ground aluminum, leather and will retain the patina and the aroma of years of their lives.


In coupe form, Aston Martin Virage is available in 2 +2 or 2 +0 as an option, the latter offers a rear parcel shelf is suitable for soft bags, but also to reduce weight.
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