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Old 08-13-2016, 02:21 AM   #1
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NEW TO THE SITE- and owner of 2012 Aston martin virage - owened it for 1 1/2 years and still loving the experience - anyone else own one and would be interested to hear their thoughts about this particular model - heres some info on the Virage 2012 below

The new-for-2012 Virage is built on Aston Martin's "VH" architecture. The lightweight bonded aluminum and composite platform debuted way back in 2004 (under the skin of the DB9), but it's still an impressively stiff platform. As such, the British automaker makes good use of it. In addition to the new Virage, it is also used as the backbone of the Vantage, DBS and Rapide (the low volume One-77 is constructed with a full carbon-fiber monocoque chassis).

Sharing the same wheelbase and silhouette, the new Virage looks like a monozygotic twin to the DB9 and DBS. However, closer examination reveals that the Virage wears its own unique skin of aluminum, magnesium and composite body panels. Sculpted with aggressive simplicity in mind clean surfaces with wide flares to emphasize the width of the platform the front fascia features a five-vane grille (inspired by the One-77) and the rear wraps around with a body-color rear lower diffuser. As is the case with all late-model Aston Martins, the Virage features LED illumination for the daytime running lamps, turn signals and rear lamps, while the headlights are bi-xenon projector beams.

Both the Coupe and Volante pack the same heat in the form of Aston Martin's familiar hand-assembled 6.0-liter V12 (it's technically a 5.9-liter, at 5,935 cubic centimeters). The naturally-aspirated all-alloy 48-valve engine, which is basically two Ford 3.0-liter Duratec V6 engines end-to-end, makes power the old fashioned way, sans direct injection, variable valve timing or variable-length intake manifolds. Regardless, it's a spinning jewel rated at 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque (the same engine is tuned to make 510 horsepower in the DBS and 470 horsepower in the DB9/Rapide). The engine's plenum has been painted black to identify its unique "five-pillar design" that reportedly improves sound quality and helps to deliver 85 percent of available torque at only 1,500 rpm.

Like the other VH-based models, power is sent rearward through a carbon-fiber propeller shaft within an alloy tube to the mid-mounted gearbox. The standard transmission is Aston Martin's "Touchtronic II," an electronically-controlled wet six-speed automatic sourced from ZF (the transmission and final drive ratio of 3.46:1 are shared with the Rapide sedan). While most drivers will prefer to leave the gearbox in Drive, Aston Martin has fitted leather-clad magnesium shift paddles to the steering column with the right paddle handling up shifts and the left paddle doing down shifts. A "Sport" button mounted on the lower center console can be pressed to increase shift speeds and hold gears at the electronic engine revolution limiter without an upshift, and a mechanical limited-slip differential is standard equipment.

Aston Martin fitted an independent double-wishbone suspension with monotube adaptive dampers at all four corners. The Adaptive Damping System (ADS) suspension (also shared with the DB9/Rapide) includes sensors that "read" the road, combining its own data with information from on-board yaw, accelerometer, steering wheel, throttle and brake (ABS) telemetry to constantly adjust the ride at each corner.

Aston Martin says the system has been tuned for the special "sporting GT" character of the Virage, and ten different suspension maps are used to achieve that end. Five are reserved for the normal default mode, while the other five are activated when the driver taps the console-mounted "ADS" button (it simply has a pictograph of a suspension strut). For the next five seconds, all damping is set to firm ("...providing the driver a tangible difference," says Aston Martin). After the five seconds have passed, the button remains illuminated and the system reverts to a firmer mapping for sporty driving.

As for braking, carbon-ceramic stoppers are standard on the Virage Coupe and Volante. The braking system is configured with 15.7-inch drilled rotors up front (six-piston calipers) and 14.2-inch drilled rotors in the rear (four-piston calipers). Aston Martin touts better progressive stopping, improved driver feedback through the pedal and greater fade resistance with the carbon-ceramics, but the greatest benefit on the Virage is weight savings: The lightweight rotors removed nearly 28 pounds of unsprung mass to improve ride comfort and handling. Whirling around the brakes are 20-inch alloy wheels wearing standard Pirelli P Zero rubber (245/35R20 in the front, and 295/30R20 in the rear).

Add up all the goodness and the curb weight of the 2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe is 3,935 pounds distributed with a 50:50 weight balance (the Volante comes in at 4,166 pounds). Thanks to the smooth V12, Aston Martin claims the Coupe will sprint 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds (figure 0-60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds) with a top speed of 186 mph.
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