Recalling the early '90s Virage, my V8 Vantage hatchback is a slightly glam edition of a modern classic.
"Fill 'er Up" takes on all new meaning when your DBS Longroof opens its rear hatch and tailgate.
C H O P S — Keeping with the recent Aston Martin posts, I thought I'd post a couple of Aston chops, one new and one from the Artandcolour archives.
The V8 Vantage Virage edition, top, debuts the fastback hatchback bodystyle for AM. I've added a slight amount of bright trim to the sides and taillamps, and blacked out the roof, in addition to the extended greenhouse. The Virage was Aston's performance coupe in the early 1990s, and kept AM's name alive during some very lean years. This special edition pays homage to that history.
The Balmoral Green Shooting Brake Longroof example in the lower photo would give Aston a factory competitor in a tiny niche segment in which bespoke car companies have long held court. Aston Martins have been made into sporting wagons for decades, some very good looking, others not quite so successful at blending high-performance with extra luggage capability. My Longroof DBS would open up the luggage area making it easier to carry the fitted polished carbon-fiber luggage that would be standard on this über wagonette. With careful aero-tuning, the Longroof just might be more aerodynamic than the coupe, wagons being inherently better at keeping the airflow attached, resulting in an even higher top speed. When "M" is calling and you're a couple of countries away from London entertaining your latest shagalicious conquest, more top speed is just what "Q" ordered.
I think perhaps a proper Rapide 4 door wagon might be needed next.