In the previous post I joked about the Aston Martin Vantage being the “cheapest Aston”. While technically that’s true, the base Vantage coupe is $180,535, which is not cheap even if you’re affluent. Let’s face it, there are probably less than 2 dozen models from established makers that cost more. Many of those more expensive cars, though, are indeed the Vantage’s more powerful and better appointed siblings. The Virage is located a couple of steps up in the A-M hierarchy from the Vantage, being a V12 model. Yes, the V12 is available in a high performance version of the Vantage, but they’re only making 200 examples of that car. While you probably don’t see Aston Martins every day, you’re still more likely to see a Virage than a V12 Vantage.
The 12 cylinder engine usually goes into Aston’s bigger cars, like the DB9 and the DBS. The Vantage shares those car’s 107.9 inch wheelbase and like all current Aston Martins it’s based on Aston’s Lotus developed flexible (in terms of track and wheelbase, not in terms of stiffness) aluminum VH architecture. Like all Aston Martins, it’s a beautiful and sexy car. If you can’t get laid driving this car, you have even less game than I do. Driving this car not only says that you have taste, it says that you can afford to indulge those tastes. It fits right between the $187,615 DB9 and the $271,660 DBS and it’s 490 HP engine also splits the difference between the DB9’s 470 and the DBS’ 510. This Virage Volante, was part of the supercar display at the 2012 Concours of America at St. John’s.