The Aston Martin Virage made its debut at the Birmingham Motorshow in 1988. Designed by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, it was praised for its fresh contemporary styling. It proved to be quieter and more comfortable than the earlier V8s and was indeed the first truly new Aston Martin in nearly 20 years. The new V8 engine was a development of the tried and tested 5.3 litre V8, but with new cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder for better breathing and to overcome power losses inevitable with the use of catalytic converters.
Safety Through ABS
In March 1992, a 6.3 litre version of the Virage was revealed with improved power, braking and handling. For the first time on an Aston Martin ABS was offered. Body changes were minimal with flared wheel arches, revised front spoiler, and an optional rear spoiler.
The Virage Volante made its world premiere at the 1990 Birmingham Motor Show, again a full four seater to recapture that grand touring spirit. The fully powered hood was mohair, the interior hand stitched Connolly hide with polished burr walnut. Utilising the same 5.3 litre V8 used in the Saloon, some cars were also converted to the impressive 6.3 litre specification.
Aston Martin Works Package
Aston Martin Works offered an impressive series of upgrade packages for Virage, including the 6.3 litre engine conversion. Brakes, wheels and suspension were also modified to handle the extra performance. In addition to the mechanical changes more aggressive styling options were also available, including flared wing panels, deeper air dam and side skirts. Customers could choose a combination of the above on either new or existing cars.
4 OHC V8, 5340 cc, 330 bhp @ 6000 rpm 350 lbs-ft @ 3700 rpm
Front ventilated discs and rear solid discs
0 – 60 mph:
6 sec (5.5 sec after 1993)
5-Speed manual or 3-speed automatic (4-speed automatic after 1993)
4737 x 1854 x 1321 mm
155 mph (174 mph after 1993)