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2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante

2012 Aston Martin Virage Review

(0 Stars)  The new middle child.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
Your eyes will struggle to believe it, but every body panel save for the door skins and the roof is unique to the Virage, which debuted in the spring of 2011. The visual similarity between the Virage and its platform mates is fitting, however, since the 5.9-liter V-12 engine makes 490 hp here, exactly 20 hp less than the DBS and 20 hp more than the DB9. For an additional $17,000 over the cost of a DB9, the Virage gets twenty-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brake discs, and a ten-setting adaptive Bilstein suspension. As in all Astons, the interior is covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather. The familiar paddleshifted six-speed automatic is the only transmission. Not surprisingly, the Virage drives like all Astons do, with gracious athleticism and impeccable composure. It is responsive without being abrupt, agile without being edgy, and fast without being frenetic. However, those attributes are readily available in a DB9 and DBS, so aside from the fact that it fills the smallest of niches in the carmaker's lineup and is the newest fashion, the Virage's value to Aston Martin and its loyalists seems dubious.

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2012 Virage Volante Convertible Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.9L V12 DOHC
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 316 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 490 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 420 ft lb of torque @ 5,750 rpm

'12 Aston Martin Volante Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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