A 550-horsepower Vantage was introduced in 1992 but was never exported to the U.S. It offered the same basic format as its predecessor but with a 5.3-liter all-aluminum engine modified by Callaway Engineering in the United States for a new four-valve cylinder head, intake manifold, and Weber-Marelli electronic management system. Front suspension was still by twin wishbones, rear by Watt linkage and de Dion tube, but the last was now square-section aluminum.
1990 Aston Martin Virage coupe.
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The Virage had a sleeker body, still aluminum-paneled, with integral spoilers at each end, plus flush headlamps and side glass -- all for a lower drag coefficient, down to a claimed 0.34. It also featured a modernized dash and even more luxury features than late AM V-8s, including a heated windshield, rear window, and front seats; trip computer; and remote infrared alarm system.
The 1990 Aston Martin Virage was very expensive but the company planned for low production -- 300 yearly at most.
Pluses of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
- Great "modern vintage" charm
- High performance (around 6 seconds 0-60 mph, 155 mph all-out)
- Svelte styling
Minuses of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
- High purchase and running costs
- U.S. parts/service backup remains limited even for an "exoticar"
- Still "fuelish"
- Appreciation potential unclear now
Production of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
Specifications of the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
Wheelbase, inches: 102.8
Length, inches: 186.4
Weight, pounds: 3,950
Price, new: $150,000-$258,648 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1990 Aston Martin Virage:
Type Size Horsepower Years dohc V-8 5,341 cc (326 cid) 330/349* 1990-2000 dohc V-8 5,341 cc (326 cid**) 550* 1992-2000
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