The Virage Coupe is a civilised car with the emphasis on comfort and convenience. Nevertheless, it is still highly capable in terms of performance. Its 6.0-litre V12 engine offers a maximum of 490bhp, acceleration from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 183mph.
In keeping with the Virage’s emphasis on usability, however, the engine and transmission have been designed for thrust at ordinary road speeds rather than sheer power. 85% of its 570Nm of torque is available at 1500rpm, making acceleration at low and middling speeds extremely brisk – very useful for the varied pace of urban or suburban driving. The noise produced by the usually raucous Aston Martin unit has also been toned down – again, this fits in better with the car’s relatively restrained character.