Aston Martin Virage Engine
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Aston Martin Virage engine
Twenty years ago housing prices were rocketing, money was cheap and yuppies were trendy. The economic feel good factor was irresistible and car makers were having a ball producing big car with big engines.
Whatever big car with a big engine they produced, people bought. The late 1980s was the era of wide-bodied Porsche Turbos, Ferrari F40s and the outrageous Jaguar XJ220. It was against this backdrop that Aston Martin conceived the Virage, a super-large, super-cool supercar epitomising its brand values with a massive engine.
But as history would testify, the timing of the Virageâ€™s introduction to the UK in November 1989 could not have been worse. It was the year of the house-price slump. Car values crashed and City jobs evaporated. Far from becoming the cash cow that Aston Martin had hoped, the Virage became an instant dinosaur.
With a list price of around Â£120,000 it cost as much as a house, and with fuel economy of around 17mpg it cost as much as a house to run. Its 5.3 litre V8 engine produced (by the standards of the day) an extravagant 330bhp and 350 lb ft of torque, enough to power the near two-tonne beast from 0-60mph in just 6.5sec and on to a top speed of nearly 160mph. Fine and dandy when times are good, but a statement of decadence too far when everyone around you is tightening their belt.
Now you can buy this Aston at about Â£24,000 second hand for a mint condition 1990 Virage, this handmade supercar can be yours for around the same price as a new Mazda. In addition to the Aston Martin pedigree and that magnificent V8 engine you get a vehicle that will turn heads in any street.
Production dates were from 1988-1996; the new engine was developed in co-operation with Callaway Engineering and was fitted with new cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder for better breathing and to overcome power losses inevitable with the use of catalytic converters. This was to allow the engine to run on unleaded fuel anywhere, but particularly in America.
The Volante made its world premiere at the 1990 Birmingham Motor Show; it was a full four seater to recapture that grand touring spirit. The fully powered hood was mohair, the interior hand stitched Connolly hide with polished burr walnut. Utilising the same 5.3 litre V8 engine used in the Saloon, some cars were also converted to the impressive 6.3 litre engine specification.
In March of 1992, a 6.3 litre version of the Virage was revealed with a top speed of 174 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. In 1993, came the Mk II 6.3 litre engine Virage which had been reworked and improved to create 465 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 460 lbs-ft of torque at 5800 rpm. A ZF 6-speed manual was also available 0-60 mph stood at 5.2 seconds with the Mk II conversion. Also, in January, 1992, Aston Martin introduced a conversion service, transforming the car into a Virage 6.3. As the name implies, the centrepiece of the conversion was a 6.3 L (6347 cc) V8 derived from the AMR1 racing car. This engine produced 500 hp (373 kW) at 6000 rpm and 480 ftâ€¢lbf (651 Nâ€¢m) at 5800 rpm, allowing the car to reach 175 mph (282 km/h).
The Virage was a large, heavy car, but the 32-valve 5.3 L (5340 cc) V8 engine’s 350 ftâ€¢lbf (475 Nâ€¢m) torque elevated its performance to near sports car levels. “Acceleration just never seems to run out”, claimed Sports Car International on a first test. They also praised the “eager and quicker revving” nature of the 330 hp (246 kW) engine with its Callaway-designed heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. “Nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8,” they concluded. The 1790 kg (3946 lb) car could reach 158 mph (254 km/h).
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