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Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

Aston's 1988 Virage was the successor to the DBS which had been introduced in I he late 1960s. The chassis was modernized using a steel semi-monocoque frame to make it stiffer. However, the suspension configuration was much the same as previous Astons with double wishbones and an alloy de Dion rear with Watts linkage and alloy trailing arms. Massive 13 and 11-inch (330 and 279mm) discs were filled to cope with the extra pace available from the heavyweight tourer. The engine's head were re-designed by Corvette tuner Reeves Calloway, who put the valves closer together to improve flow and packaging of the huge V8. The modifications gave an extra 32bhp (24kW) through a heavy-shifting ZF five-speed manual. Luxury was evident inside with leather and walnut, and the outer styling won many fans, despite Audi 100 headlights and VW Scirocco tail lamps.

Aston Martin Virage Specifications

Top speed:157 mph (251 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:326 ci (5,340 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:330 bhp (360 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:340 lb ft (246 Nm) @ 3,700 rpm
Weight:3,940 lb (1,791 kg)
Economy:13.1 mpg (4.6 km/I)

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