ZK. Aston Martin. December 01st , 2017.
The Aston Martin grand marque has always held a certain mystique in the motoring world. Not only for its motor racing heritage over the last century and being raced by some big name racing drivers, but also classically immortalized in television and big screen films like the James Bond Franchise, which has made it an iconic sports car classic.
With race wins at world‐renowned circuits like the Le Mans 24 hour race, Aston Martin has come along way from its humble beginnings as a custom built hill climb race car. The company was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford back in 1913. The name "Aston Martin" was introduced as a branded vehicle in 1913 but took the name “Aston“ from a hill race circuit called ”Aston Hill” close to the neighboring village of Aston Clinton, where they both raced their race car specials. From then on Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford decided to make their own vehicles with a view to selling them to the general public.
Fast forward to the present day and the world of Aston Martin looks very different than it did nearly 100 years ago, with the 2011 launch on the new Aston Martin ″Virage″ to complement the current range of cars. It has caused a bit of a stir in the motor industry with motor journalists and automotive sports car fans. The new Aston Martin Virage is being hailed as a true performance "Grand Tourer" and a great as every day all round sports car for the price tag of around £150,000.
The Virage sits between the Aston Martin DB9 and the leading performance DBS within the current range in both pricing and power output. The power plant in the in the Virage is a 6.0–litre V12 engine, producing 490bhp, which is exactly 20bhp below that of the DB9 and 20bhp more than its bigger brother the DBS.
Styling—wise it looks similar to that of the DB9 but features a wider mouthed grill, newer looking “skirted“ sills, a much cleaner front bumper, and a single lower grille to move away from the DB9`s three–piece grille styling. Overall the appearance is vastly improved over the DB9 visually and brings a more elegant feel to the Virage, but brings a true feel of a GT 2+2 or a 2 seater option if weight is an issue. In the interior has a got a revamp from the DB9, there are recently styled & improved leather seats, a fresh Garmin brand Sat‐Nav and the cockpit have been restyled from that of the other 2 models to provide a cleaner convenient feel. Overall it‘s a very attractive car with great performance and bags of usability and it is sure to be in demand.
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