A new DB9-sized Aston Martin, which revives the famous Virage name of the 1990s, has been launched at the Geneva show. The new coupé and convertible models — priced from about £150,000 and available in a choice of two-seat and 2+2 configurations — fits between Aston’s staple model, the £125,000 DB9, and its £175,000 DBS flagship.
Aston CEO Ulrich Bez says the new Virage is designed to look less aggressive and be easier to drive than the DBS, Aston’s fastest car. It incorporates a new round of NVH, suspension and equipment improvements, many of which were developed for the Rapide saloon.
“The Virage is the next evolution for Aston Martin,” says Bez. “We have set new benchmarks, and now we move on again. There is no need for a revolution.
The Virage styling makes no attempt to disguise its relationship to the DBS, whose major dimensions (including front and rear tracks) it follows closely. Nevertheless, chief designer Marek Reichman has used new wings, sills, grille and a new front bumper to give the Virage a simpler, more elegant look. The bi-xenon headlights, shared with the Rapide, give the car a ‘technical’ character, as does the new grille; its five horizontal metal bars now have a wind-cheating section.
A simple, blacked-out lower scoop feeds cooling air to the radiator, and at the rear there is a new underbody diffuser that changes and softens the car’s rear aspect. Aston insiders agree that this is the most beautiful iteration of the DB9-based range yet, though not the most aggressive.