2012 Aston Martin Virage

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Aston Martin Virage. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handsome styling
  • Interior craftsmanship
  • Performance potential

The Bad

  • Tiny trunk
  • Bang &amp
  • amp
  • Olufsen stereo costs extra

Notable Features of the 2012 Aston Martin Virage

  • All-new addition to Aston Martin's lineup
  • Slots between DB9 and DBS
  • Seats four
  • Standard 6.0-liter V-12
  • Standard six-speed automatic

2012 Aston Martin Virage Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Virage, a French word that suggests a bend or shift in orientation, is the name of Aston Martin's latest sports car. The Virage slots between the DBS and DB9 and fleshes out Aston Martin's line of GT cars. With seating for four, it might be cross-shopped against the Ferrari FF — or a nice house, given its six-figure price.

The Virage comes in a coupe and a soft-top convertible, called the Volante.


Exterior
Aston Martin's familiar six-sided grille sits low across the Virage's nose; its five aluminum crossbars were inspired by the automaker's One-77 ultra-exotic. Xenon headlights are standard, and their bezels arc well up the car's snout-like hood. The C-shaped taillights — another characteristic Aston Martin feature — have silver lenses. Below them, two tailpipes perch above a body-colored lower apron. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front and rear parking sensors
  • Five optional wheel finishes
  • Doors open at a 12-degree incline to mitigate curb encounters

Interior
Inside, the Virage's leather-ensconced dashboard rakes progressively toward the windshield, with a metal panel of radio and climate controls in the center bound by two leather-bound ridges. The engine's ignition toggle sits above the center controls, flanked by buttons to engage Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive. Behind the two rear seats is just 6.5 cubic feet of luggage space; the convertible Volante drops that t...

Vehicle Overview

Virage, a French word that suggests a bend or shift in orientation, is the name of Aston Martin's latest sports car. The Virage slots between the DBS and DB9 and fleshes out Aston Martin's line of GT cars. With seating for four, it might be cross-shopped against the Ferrari FF — or a nice house, given its six-figure price.

The Virage comes in a coupe and a soft-top convertible, called the Volante.


Exterior
Aston Martin's familiar six-sided grille sits low across the Virage's nose; its five aluminum crossbars were inspired by the automaker's One-77 ultra-exotic. Xenon headlights are standard, and their bezels arc well up the car's snout-like hood. The C-shaped taillights — another characteristic Aston Martin feature — have silver lenses. Below them, two tailpipes perch above a body-colored lower apron. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard front and rear parking sensors
  • Five optional wheel finishes
  • Doors open at a 12-degree incline to mitigate curb encounters

Interior
Inside, the Virage's leather-ensconced dashboard rakes progressively toward the windshield, with a metal panel of radio and climate controls in the center bound by two leather-bound ridges. The engine's ignition toggle sits above the center controls, flanked by buttons to engage Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive. Behind the two rear seats is just 6.5 cubic feet of luggage space; the convertible Volante drops that to 5.4 cubic feet. Both trunks include a mounted umbrella. If you want, the coupe can be ordered with its backseat removed to save weight, leaving a parcel shelf in its place. Interior features include:

  • Standard Bridge of Weir leather upholstery
  • Standard heated seats, navigation system and iPod-compatible stereo
  • Standard 10-way power front seats
  • Six optional interior trims
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen stereo

Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive Virage employs a hand-built, normally aspirated V-12 engine that's mounted aft of the front axle. Advanced mechanical features include a carbon-fiber driveshaft, as well as carbon-ceramic disc brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. Aston Martin says the Virage can hit 60 mph in under 4.6 seconds. Other mechanical features include:

  • 490-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 with 420 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters
  • Adaptive suspension with 10 selectable stiffness settings
  • Standard limited-slip differential

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with increased-threshold Track mode
  • Front and side airbags

Consumer Reviews

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Aston Martin Virage currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Virage received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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