Aston Martin Virage
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Make: Aston Martin
Model: Virage
Aston Martin Virage

Look out speed demons, the Virage is coming through! The Birmingham Motor Show in 1988 marked the introduction of the Virage, Aston Martin's replacement for the decades-old V8 models. This highly powered V8 car was brought to fruition with the hopes of becoming the company's top model, followed by the 6-cylinder 1994 DB7 slotted below it. The DB7 later switched to a V12 engine and easily took the cake for performance; however, the Virage V8 model maintained an exclusive and expensive hand-built beauty. In 2000, it was replaced by the DB7 based V12 super car called the Vanquish. The Virage design was new and contemporary, resembling that of the Lagonda, much more so than the V8 Vantage that it replaced. Mechanically, the chassis was a progression of the Lagonda's, with a Dion tube rear suspension and double wishbones in front. In an attempt to cut costs, most of the secondary pieces came from outside companies, which in reality was not new for Aston Martin, and in fact this was primarily the case for many models in the past. The stylish headlights and taillights were from the Audi 200 and Volkswagen Scirocco units, respectively, and General Motors, Jaguar, and Ford supplied the steering column, climate control panel, and dash switches. Indecently, Ford later purchased Aston Martin and Jaguar sometime after the Virage made its appearance. The Virage was in effect a large, heavy car, yet the V8 engine kept it in the performance level of a super car. Sports Car International is quoted as saying that the "acceleration just never seems to run out". Meanwhile, they also praised the "eager and quicker revving" engine with its Callaway-designed heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. In conclusion, they stated that "nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8". This performance vehicle could reach a whopping 158 mph (254 km/h).

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