Stylistically, the Virage takes design cues from across the Aston Martin range, including DB9 and Rapide. The grille is inspired by the super-exclusive One-77. The design team claims its front quarter-panels are the most distinct characteristic, with an evolved interpretation of the signature Aston side strake that houses a six-LED indicator strip.

Essentially, the Virage is an all-new car, albeit one constructed from bits and pieces found across the Aston Martin range. An amalgam of the best the company has to offer, you might say. All for the scarcely paltry sum of $209,995 to start.

It’s not cheap by any stretch, even in this rarified layer of the automotive atmosphere. But there remains a certain, undeniable appeal, unique both to this car and its parent brand. Design chief Reichman again sums it up nicely. To paraphrase, driving an Aston Martin “makes every journey an event.”

2011 Aston Martin Virage Coupe

Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

6.0-liter V12, dohc, 48-valve

Six-speed Touchtronic II automatic

Front and rear independent double wishbones, coil springs and adaptive dampers, antiroll bars

Six-piston calipers with 398mm ventilated carbon ceramic rotors (f), four-piston calipers with 360mm ventilated carbon ceramic rotors (r)

Length/Width/Height (in.): 185.2/75.0/50.5
Wheelbase: 107.9
Curb Weight: 3,935 lb

Peak Power: 490 hp @ 6500 rpm
Peak Torque: 420 lb-ft @ 5750 rpm
0-62 mph: 4.6 sec.
Top Speed: 186 mph
MSRP: $209,995

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