Nonetheless, answer it Aston did, near-perfectly bisecting its two GT coupes with this, the Virage. At launch, its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 boasted 490hp, an extra 20hp over the DB9's version of the same engine, though 20hp less than the DBS's. It was said to be sharper than the 9 but less hardcore than the S too, with revised chassis and suspension set-ups - including a new rear subframe, adaptive dampers and standard carbon ceramic brakes - contributing to an enhanced all-round driving experience.
Following the decision to replace the Virage with an updated DB9 after just 18 months on sale, its place in the used market soon became as hard to justify as its precarious position in the new one. The 2013 DB9's 510hp output left the Virage in the shade, while its copycat styling also robbed its predecessor of one of its most attractive USPs.
The Virage's 4.6 seconds to 62 is hardly sluggish either, and its rarity could stand it in good stead in years to come. There may be more powerful Astons available for the money, but when it comes to the other two thirds of the marque's maxim, it's hard to find many GT cars with more beauty or soul.
SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE
Engine: 5,935cc, V12
Transmission: 6-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 490
Torque (lb ft): 420
First registered: 2011
Recorded mileage: 28,000
Price new: £150,000
Yours for: £72,850
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