Geneva 2011: Aston Martin Virage Revealed in All its Shiny Copper Beauty

Caught on display a day ahead of its official reveal at the Geneva Auto Show, you might need to take a second look to realize this is in fact an all-new Aston Martin. Called the Virage, it’s remarkable similar to the DB9 and DBS, which comes as little surprise as it sits between the two models.

In person, the styling remains just as familiar, but the proportions are different with (if you can believe it) a nose that seems to protrude even further than those found on its siblings.

Likely target at Bentley Continental GT owners, the Virage makes a sound business case for the brand as it helps expand the lineup without adding much in the way of R&D costs. While there’s obvious savings in the design department, the car rides on the same VH architecture as the rest of the Aston lineup while power comes from (what else?) a familiar 6.0-liter V12. Output is rated at 490-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, hitting the ground through a 6-speed automatic gearbox, helping the Virage hit 60-mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is 186-mph.

All models will get Aston’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS), while 20-inch wheels sit at each corner wrapped around carbon ceramic brakes.

Shown here in Coupe form, Aston Martin will also offer a convertible, or Volante, as they say at Aston.

GALLERY: 2012 Aston Martin Virage

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