Another coupe for Aston Martin

Aston Martin announces it will unveil the all-new Virage GT car at the 2011 Geneva auto show.

Aston Martin Virage
Aston Martin adds the Virage to its GT car lineup at the 2011 Geneva auto show. Aston Martin

With its DB9, DBS, and Vantage, you would think Aston Martin had its GT lineup well covered. But the company, obviously feeling there was room to squeeze in another car, announced the all-new Virage, to be unveiled at the 2011 International Motor Show in Geneva.

The Virage is another sport touring coupe, and Aston Martin says it fits between the DB9 and DBS. The car is powered by a 6-liter V-12, similar to that used in the DBS, but is supposed to offer more of the comfort and style of the DB9.

Unlike its sibling GT cars, the Virage gets an active suspension, relatively new technology for Aston Martin. It also comes standard with ceramic brakes.

Aston Martin says the Virage will come with a new navigation system and a 700-watt audio system. But photos of the car show a Bang & Olufsen audio system, which should be a premium option. If the audio system is anything like those found in the DB9 and DBS, then it will have 13 speakers and 1,000 watts of amplification.

Aston Martin will announce pricing at the Geneva auto show, and offer the car for sale soon after. It will be available in hard-top and convertible forms.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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