It's said that middle children have it worst, and that's certainly the case for the Aston Martin Virage: after only 18 months of life and little more than 1,000 units sent into the world, it's reportedly being sent to The Great Crusher in the Sky. Anointed as a stepping stone from the slightly softer, 470-horsepower DB9 to the rowdier 510-hp DBS, it looks like the 490-hp Virage simply can't make a case for itself in light of the evolution of the DB9.

Looked at from another angle, however, what we had in the Virage isn't really going away. Speculation is that the next DB9 will get a bump to 500 hp and some One-77 styling cues, which would effectively make it the Virage – in fact, spy shots have revealed a new DB9 that looks dead-on the Virage. On top of that, with Aston said to be moving away from DB[X] nomenclature to proper nouns, even the Virage name might be retained, so we ought not tip our 40s just yet.


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      houseiowapark
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is going to make one heck of a collector car.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its looks so much different than every other car they have made in the last 15 years.
      Jon
      • 2 Years Ago
      225K? Wow! That's almost as much as the true cost of a Chevy Volt.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never understood this car's purpose...
      wrxfrk16
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the real issue with the Virage was that it wasn't really the GT car it was supposed to be. The DB9 is just as pretty, a bit less abusive to the wallet, and more comfortable along with the fact that you can have a real manual, or a traditional automatic. The Virage was saddled with the semi-automated gearbox which is just a mess at low speeds, it was too stiff, and all for no reason as a DBS was still the faster, sharper model. I think it's just a case of a good car in a great lineup, nice as it is there's no reason to prefer one to a DB9, and no reason to pick one over a DBS save the slight price difference.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's getting harder and harder to justify Aston Martin's price when comparing to R8, SLS, M6, or Continental GT.
        benjammin172
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        Eh. Yes and no for me. Yes, there are literally dozens of cheaper options that are either more luxurious, more efficient, or much, much faster. But there aren't many cars on the road that carry the understated charm and drop dead beauty of the Aston. It's a proper gentleman's grand tourer and despite the age of the platform, there still isn't a better looking car on the road than the modern AM. I can totally understand why people would think that these cars are overpriced, but an F40, McLaren F1 and AM DBS would still be the first 3 cars that made their way into my dream garage.
        chest rockwell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        Can't argue with you on that, especially when it's become very, very tough to tell the difference between the entry Vantage and the (newest) Vanquish. Although Aston's of late haven't been able to keep up performance-wise with many of the uber sports cars (many you mentioned), they've always held a soft spot in my heart.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        Only someone who HAS to have an Aston Martin would pay these prices. $250k+ for that? They're out of their minds when I can get a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale for equal good looks and sound, and still have enough left over for a ZR1 for blasting around tracks.
          John
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Individuals in this segment do buy cars based on perceived prestige/heritage though. I agree with you, there really isn't a compelling car in the AM lineup from an objective point of view. The Vantage S is ~150k, that's 911TT money. The Rapide is ~220k but is really no better than a Panamera turbo (hell the Panamera S is probably quicker) or even a CLS63/BMW GC. This is in the 250-300k range, well above anything comparable. People aren't buying them because they represent good value.
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        John
        • 2 Years Ago
        The Tata Nano has nothing to do with Aston Martin or the James Bond franchise....
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          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John
          Didn't Tata buy AM? So Thor is kinda right. Fords were in the last 2 becuase Ford owned AM at the time.I think a Tata or two (ha) would be nice to see in a James bond movie.
      wahoowajeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel stirred but not shaken by the news, Mr. Bond.
      mybora99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay, the Fusion looks awesome!! Wait. Never mind.
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      pipem
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW!!...what a beautiful car!!
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