Cars Coming Soon->Aston Martin Virage and Jaguar XKR-S

February 24th, 2011
Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

As the old saying goes, if you do something well, keep doing it until people don’t like it anymore.

I’m pretty sure that’s an old saying. If it’s not, it should be. Regardless, no car company epitomizes the saying like Aston Martin, which builds some the most beautiful motor coaches in all the land.

The Vantage. The V12 Vantage. The Rapide. The DB9. The DBS. All are beautiful. All look pretty much the same. Hide the Rapide’s four doors, line all five models up, and many seasoned auto aficionados will misidentify them. The lone standout, naturally, is the $2 million One-77.

Now there’s a new Aston, built to slot between the DB9 and the DBS. Is it incredibly beautiful with sexy lines and curves in all the right places? Of course. Does it look just like any other Aston available today? You bet your britches it does.

AutoExpress says,

The new Virage offers the best compromise between the refined cruising ability of the DB9 and sporty prowess of the DBS, according to the firm – and updates features from both. Power is from Aston’s hand-built 6.0-litre V12. It delivers exactly 20bhp more than a DB9 and 20bhp less than a DBS, at 490bhp, and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed auto box.

So you can see how the car makes sense. Sort of. Still, with an estimated price of around $200K, one might be better off going with the newest Jaguar, the fastest and most powerful production model Jag has ever built.

Jaguar hopes the XKR-S, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show, will take a few sales from the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. If its promises of a 4.2-second 0-60 sprint and 186-mph top speed hold true, I can see that happening with ease.

Those speeds come courtesy of Jag’s familiar supercharged 5.0-liter V8, but with power boosted to 550 hp.

The XKR-S is distinguished by a new aerodynamics package with a more aggressively styled nose, re-profiled side skirts, air vents on the hood and bumpers, a large rear wing and a redesigned rear bumper housing a diffuser and quad tail pipes.

To my eye, it’s just as beautiful as any Aston.

I think its time for Aston Martin to try a new design. Even that old Lagonda SUV concept would be refreshing! Agree?


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    1. tgriffith
      February 25th, 2011 at 16:14 | #1

      Thus far only Aston owners can buy the Cygnet. I heard that at least 2 go to every One-77 owner. You know, for the wife and kids.

    2. jgoods
      February 25th, 2011 at 16:09 | #2

      What is this–some kind of love fest? Stick to your guns, Panayoti, and make tgriffith realize that the only likely way he can fulfill his fantasies is by going into the drug trade. And tgriffith should argue for the importance of trickle-down technology (ah, yes) and the fact that without the ability to sell expensive cars, companies like Aston would never produce cheap cars for the masses–like the Cygnet, which only Aston owners can buy, right?

    3. tgriffith
      February 25th, 2011 at 10:24 | #3

      @ panayoti
      Thank you, sir. I knew I liked you!

    4. panayoti
      February 24th, 2011 at 23:29 | #4

      Not only are you a hopeless romantic but you defend your romanticism with a fervor that makes me very jealous. Good for you. I salute you and only wish that I still had the fervor and zest that you exhibit.

    5. tgriffith
      February 24th, 2011 at 10:02 | #5

      If no one cared, these cars wouldn’t be built. Automakers don’t build these cars just for the few who buy them, but for the masses who aspire to one day. Posts like this are for those who still dream about one day parking an Aston or Jag in their 7-car garage. For those who have given up on those dreams, there are plenty of Chevy Cruze articles to peruse.

    6. panayoti
      February 24th, 2011 at 09:42 | #6

      Aahhh tgriffith, you are a hopeless Romantic. Flash!! No one cares!! Please give us some relevancy. That should generate more user interest.

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