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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