by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img SportsCarShop.com ::: 1991 Aston Martin Virage
AT least a decade behind its time and featuring enough borrowed parts from Audi, Chrysler, VW and Ford that you could be forgiven for thinking it a kit car, the Aston Martin Virage coupe remains nonetheless a very special red herring for Aston.
Only 365 coupes were produced between 1989 and 1995 and despite prodigious power: a 5.3 L V8 producing 330 hp and 364 lb-ft torques, a Chryco sourced three-speed slush box and hefty 4,000 pound saddle ensured grand-touring rather than sports car performance (0-60 in 6.5 seconds).
This Virage is hold up in Oregon (pronounced Ore-GEHN, never Ore-GON), is offered @ $48K and has a sly Roger Moore twinkle in its Audi 200-sourced-eye. For those, clearly, of particular taste.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: YouTube ::: Aston Martin Music
SIXTEEN million and counting viewers have watched Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music video. As you might expect, there’s a lot of Gaydon on film. Set in Miami, tops down, rhyming about the struggle and Aston Martins from a flawless 80s V8 Vantage to gloriously fresh Rapide. Why should Bentley and Lamborghini be the pin-up cars for a generation of would-be, could-be hip-hop artists? All this production is a few choice words (the 10 year-old @ 0:21), nice shots, fine rides, and beautiful girls with our friend Rick Ross as our story telling guide. It’s escape. It’s simplicity. And for Aston Martin, it’s marketing gold.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img Aston Martin ::: Aston Martin Virage Coupé
IT’S beautiful. Achingly so. Aston Martin is proudly trumpeting its new Virage as, among other things, a “contemporary design icon.” Trouble is, it’s quite difficult to tell the subtle differences of Aston’s beautiful new GT from that fabulous original, the DB9. So, what’s the point?
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img BBC ::: HRHs William & Kate in The Prince of Wales’ Aston Martin
IN so much that today’s royal wedding festivities in London were a global media sensation and great advertising for the British car industry – and – given that there isn’t a great deal that’s truly “normal” about the royals’ lifestyle, it was a sweet and common touch that Prince William chose to take his fair bride Catherine for a short victory lap ’round Queen Victoria’s memorial in his father’s Aston Martin DB6 Volante.
This is the same formerly gas guzzling classic Aston that Prince Charles contemplated selling so as to appear more “green”. I bet he’s glad he didn’t. The car now runs on bioethanol.
All the best to the newlyweds.