New ultra-luxury supercars headed for Geneva

Aston Martin took the wraps off its latest model, the new Virage, February 23, promising that it "does everything with the perfection that you would expect today."

The Virage, which sits somewhere between the brand's luxury DB9 and sporting DBS, is designed to complete the British brand's sporting Gran Turismo lineup and will be displayed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public March 3.

Like its siblings, the new Virage offers a V12, a 6.0L engine which delivers 365 kW of power and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Aston Martin says that a new "adaptive damping system" reads the road to provide optimimum hold on the surface in varying conditions, and a "Sport" mode allows further tweaks to tuning, gear changes and throttle control.

Continuing the sporting theme ('Virage' comes from the French noun, which means a bend or turn), the vehicle sits low and uses the same lightweight aluminium architecture as the DBS and DB9.

It is one of several ultra-luxury models expected to debut at the Geneva Show when it opens for its first press day February 28.

Maserati is set to launch its new GranCabrio sport at the show, promising a top speed of 177 mph thanks to the vehicle's 4.7 liter V8 engine.

Lamborghini will also launch its new flagship supercar, the Aventador, which can manage a top speed of 217 mph and a reported 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds.

The Geneva Motor Show is open to the public March 3 -13 in Geneva, Switzerland.

http://www.salon-auto.ch/en/

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