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.
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?