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British automaker Aston Martin introduced today its new Virage, a V12 coupe that will fit in its GT line between the DB9 and DBS. The car’s debut will come Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.

Tuned to deliver 365kW and 570Nm from the  a 6.0 liter V12 engine, and through a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission, not only is the Virage set to be tar-blisteringly quick (think 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and 300km/h) but, benefitting from seven years of VH architecture evolution, it should handle like an absolute dream too.

“100 years of automotive history has demonstrated that evolution delivers the best solutions in time,” Dr Bez said.

“So it is with Virage; it is the next level of evolution in our VH architecture strategy and it does everything with the perfection that you would expect today. It is the perfect balance of opposites.”

The body is svelte and sophisticated, and continues to build an Aston look that is unmistakable. There’s the famous 5 slat grill; with the Virage designers have softened its edges just enough so that its placement doesn’t appear as jarring as it does on the wicked DBS. ston insiders agree that this is the most beautiful iteration of the DB9-based range yet, though not the most aggressive.

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At the interior, the new Virage gets extra soundproofing on the front and rear bulkheads, while the convertible’s fabric roof gets a new layer of Thinsulate and now erects and retracts more quickly. Also owners will get an updated Garmin sat-nav system – destined to spread throughout the Aston range – and the car gets impressive-looking glass buttons for its major fascia functions.

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Specification

Body:
Two door coupe or convertible body style with 2+2 seating
Bonded aluminium structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body
Extruded aluminium door side impact beams
Single Bi-Xenon Headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
LED rear lamps and side·repeaters

Engine:
All alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5935cc V12. Compression ratio 10.97:1
Front mid-mounted engine, rear wheel drive
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves

Maximum Power
490 bhp (365 kW / 497 PS) at 6500 rpm

Maximum Torque
570 Nm (420 lb.ft) at 5750 rpm

Acceleration
0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds

Maximum Speed
186 mph (299 km/h)

Transmission:
Rear mid-mounted Touchtronic 2 six speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift by wire system. Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft. Limited slip differential. Final Drive Ratio 3.46:1

Steering:
Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering
Column tilt and reach adjustment

Suspension:
Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti- squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Sport mode Aston Martin Internal Use Only

Wheels
Front: 8.5″ x 20″
Rear: 11″ x 20″

Tyres:
Front: Pirelli P Zero 245/35
Rear: Pirelli P Zero 295/30

Brakes:
Front: Ventilated Carbon Ceramic discs 398mm diameter with six piston calipers
Rear: Ventilated Carbon Ceramic discs 360mm diameter with four piston calipers
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Traction Control

Dimensions

Length 4703 mm (185.2″)
Width 1904 mm (75.0″) excluding mirrors
2061 mm (81.1″) including mirrors
Height Coupe 1282 mm (50.5″)
Height Volante 1289 mm (50.7″)
Wheelbase 2740 mm (107.9″)
Front track 1586 mm (62.4″)
Rear track 1581 mm (62.2″)
Turning circle 11.6 m (38 ft) (kerb to kerb)
Boot capacity Coupe 184l (6.5 cu ft)
Boot capacity Volante 152l (5.4 cu ft)
Fuel capacity 78 litres (17.15 UK gal/20.6 US gal)
Weight – Coupe 1785 kg (3935 lb)
Weight – Volante 1890 kg (4166 lb)

Interior:
Walnut facia trim and Iridium Silver centre console finish
Memory seats and exterior mirrors (3 positions)
Auto dimming rear view mirror and garage door opener (USA and Canada only)
Sports seats with 10 way electric adjustment, including height, tilt and lumbar adjustment
Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Side Airbags (Sports seats only
Heated seats (Sports seats only)
Heated rear screen
Automatic temperature control
Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
Trip computer
Cruise control Aston Martin Internal Use Only
Satellite navigation system*+
Bluetooth telephone preparation*
Powerfold exterior mirrors
Front and rear parking sensors
Tyre pressure monitoring*
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-control central door locking and boot release
Battery disconnect switch
Tracking device (UK only)
Boot mounted umbrella

In Car Entertainment
700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby®Pro Logic II®
Integrated Apple iPod connector
USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
3.5 mm auxiliary input socket
Satellite Radio system (USA only)

Exterior Options
20″ 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Diamond Turned and Graphite finish
20″ 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Liquid Silver finish
20″ 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Silver Painted and Diamond Turned finish
20″ 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Graphite Painted and Diamond Turned finish
20″ 10 Spoke Alloy Wheels with Satin Black Painted and Diamond Turned finish
“Titanium” finish bonnet, sidestrake meshes
Bonnet Louvres with “Titanium”finish side strake meshes

Interior Options
2+0 seating (Coupe only)
Lightweight seats with 6 way adjustment. (Must be ordered in conjunction with 2+0 seating configuration. Does not include side airbags, or heated seats feature. Not available in USA or Canada)
Piano Black facia trim
Mahogany facia trim
Bamboo facia trim
Tamo Ash facia trim
Double Apex alloy facia trim
Nexus alloy facia trim
Matching wood door cappings (not available with alloy facias or B&O BeoSound audio system option)
Personalised sill plaques
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
Auto dimming interior rear view mirror with garage door opener (Europe only)
Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor) Aston Martin Internal Use Only
Tracking device**
First aid kit
Ashtray and Cigar Lighter

In Car Entertainment Options
1000W Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower technology

*Not available in all markets
+Includes Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) in Continental Europe
**Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes subscription. Standard in UK
*** Excludes subscription