|Aston Martin Virage 1991|
The Virage was Aston Martin's replacement for the decades-old V8 models and introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988. This V8-powered car was intended as the company's top model with the six-cylinder 1994 DB7 slotted below it but this V8 model remained the exclusive, expensive and hand-built king of Astons. The Virage was a large, heavy car in spite of its all-aluminium body, but the 32-valve, 5.3 litre V8 engines 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 engine with its Callaway-designed heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. "Nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8," they concluded.