What is it?
There was a time when the words ‘Virage’ and ‘Volante’ would cause car enthusiasts to recoil in horror. Because if we’re being blunt but honest, the original car that bore this name was probably Aston Martin’s lowest moment. One magazine at the time even went so far as to describe the car as a lemon.
What’s it like?
But that was, indeed, an awful long time ago, since when Aston Martin has been reborn and reinvigorated to a point where it can take the roof off a car as well resolved as the new Virage without there being much of a compromise involved.
In fact, with the hood down and the sunshine on your face, the Volante might actually be the more desirable model of the two, what with the Virage’s new-found ambition as a wafting GT car that just so happens to have supercar levels of performance at its disposal.
Despite gaining 105kg in the transformation from coupé to convertible (taking it to a somewhat portly 1890kg overall) the Volante still has plenty of go to call upon, thanks mainly to a 490bhp 6.0-litre V12 beneath its long bonnet, plus a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic gearbox through which to deploy it.
On the road, neither the performance nor the driving experience as a whole feels notably different from that of the excellent Virage. And there’s no notable shake evident through the steering column or the seats, the two areas where you’d expect to detect the biggest difference.