“The highest levels of refinement and dynamic control yet, resulting from seven years of VH architecture evolution”, is how Aston Martin describes the new Virage Coupe and Virage Volante. They are basically the same model but Coupe is.. a coupe and Volante is a cabriolet. This new model is based on Aston’s VH architecture.
VH stands for Vertical/Horizontal and is has nothing to do with the orientation of the components. ‘Vertical’ means the vertical integration of the platforms components both up and down the Aston Martin’s range. ‘Horizontal’ represents the horizontal spread of platform concept across to the other Ford brands, although with Aston now independent, this can no longer happen.
According to Aston Martin, this model is meant to be in between the DB9 and DBS in their models lineup. Virage inherits the technology from the DBS and combines it with the comfort in the DB9 and Rapide. It is built from bonded aluminum chassis, with aluminum, magnesium and composite body panels. Powered by Aston’s hand-built 6.0-liter V12 generating up to 490 horsepower, capable of getting from 0 to 100kph at about 4.5 seconds. The standard transmission is a six-speed automatic “Touchtronic 2” gearbox. Flooring it, it can get up to 300km per hour.
The Virage is set for world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March, 2011.
[SOURCE: Aston Martin]