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Friday 14th September 2012

Aston Martin to stop Virage production

18 months after everybody else, Aston realises Virage is too similar to DB9



Remember the Aston Martin Virage? Created to be Aston's best-of-both-worlds supercar, it was meant to amalgamate the long-legged GT characteristics of the DB9 with the more sporting bent of the DBS. It would split the 9 and the S on power output, and sit (conveniently) between them on price. There would be an Aston GT for everyone. Hurrah!

But there were a few mutterings that the Virage was a DB9-alike too far. Now it would appear that even Aston Martin sees the Virage as expendable. After just 18 months on sale, Virage production is to cease to make way for a facelifted, uprated DB9 (that looks like a Virage) coming out next year.

The very vivacious Virage Volante
The very vivacious Virage Volante
Just 1,000 Virages have been made so, despite being based on one of Aston's most successful cars, it will remain fairly rare. All the more reason to search for a Virage in the PH Classifieds before the residual values go bonkers.

Despite the premature end to this Virage's life, the name is expected to make a return before too long. The DB- prefix is however likely to be dropped soon in a move towards full model names (see the DBS becoming the Vanquish), so perhaps there will be a second Virage resurrection in the future.

Meantime, if any PHers can think of alternative names beginning with V that might do the job without causing offence, please send them directly to AM.

Matt Bird
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cjgreaves41

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Vera

brakes

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Take your pick:

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villian by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengence; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

Bash Brannigan

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Valkyrie - DB9 with an eye patch?

Jack4688

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Aston Martin Vengeance. That sounded much better in my head...

beetroute

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Verruca
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UH-Matt

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Very out of date.

Twoshoe

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Verysimilartoalltheothers

crosseyedlion

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As someone who's been obsessed with cars since I could walk.....I didn't even know of this cars existence! To me it looks just like a face-lifted DB9...And the DBS looked like a DB9 with a bodykit. I suspect this is Astons problem, Producing the same car over and over. A badge does not make a new model.

Codswallop

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That's a shame - the Virage is by far and away the best looking VH platform Aston Martin imo. Wouldn't it have made more sense to drop the far older, plan Jane DB9 and have the Virage continue on for now?

Dusty964

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I would dearly love to see Aston recreate a more modern version of this-



a/. Because they look and sound fantastic, and b/. to get a different look into the line up


AC43

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Vuvuzela

Charlie Michael

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The new Aston Martin Vapid. wink

ZesPak

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1000 made?
They could have better pulled an "Alfa 8C", and ask double the price, current owners do have a pretty rare car!

justin220

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Vulva

Oddball RS

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Stick with the DB numbers you retards!

Schermerhorn

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Vanished.

Mr2Mike

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crosseyedlion said:
I suspect this is Astons problem, Producing the same car over and over. A badge does not make a new model.
yes Porsche could possibly be accused of something similar.

leon9191

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Vintage, as in the platform.

Salom

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Vestige (A trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists.)

HeMightBeBanned

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I can't help thinking that Aston have a real problem with too many cars that look too similar and have a variation of a gas guzzling V12. I went for a test drive in a V8 Vantage a little while ago and got given the latest brochure with both V8 and V12 Vantages, DB9, DBS and Rapide. A few friends and family looked at the brochure and were utterly mystified as to the proliferation of cars that were all "the same" (their words).

Yes, many manufacturers have a 'family' look to their model ranges but Aston take it too far. Especially given that their cars have shared front and rear lights and largely identical interiors.
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