The Aston Martin Virage is a beautiful car with a wonderful V12 engine and a variable set-up so that it can play the role of sports car or grand tourer.
Some may think it looks too much like every other Aston. Rear seats virtually useless, so delete them and go for more luggage space.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
In these days when 500bhp-plus is commonplace, the Virage might appear relatively tame with a mere 490bhp. Fear not: it’s more than quick enough and, with 85% of its 420lb ft of torque available at just 1500rpm, extremely flexible, too.
Ride & Handling
The Virage effectively gives you 10 suspension options – five in Normal mode and five in Sport, which you switch at the touch of a button. Normal gives you the most supple ride without making the handling soggy. The steering is superb, and carbon ceramic brakes are standard.
This is not an aggressive sports car, so when you’re driving normally, there’s little engine noise, while a six-speed automatic gearbox smoothly maintains momentum. Even when pressing on, the engine remains relatively distant, although there’s then more wind noise and some tyre noises on rough surfaces.