1999 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3 litre 'Wide body'
Virage Volante to 6.3 spec
|Interior||Dark green leather and carpets with Green Mohair hood|
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Registered 1999 this wide body Volante chassis number 60003 is the third off the production line at Newport Pagnell. This being the first wide body volante produced.
Originally a special order for the Sultan of Brunei the car was a personal export which was never used and returned to Works service for a massive upgrade to 6.3 litre spec with a full repaint new hood and trim etc, where it is claimed over £200,000 was spent.
Once completed the car did not return to Brunei, and was subsequently sold to Aston Dealer Stratton Motor Company as a demonstration car, from which it was then sold to it's first UK registered owner.
The car has covered just 22000 miles and is currently in first class order, with stunning looks and performance levels.
So what is the 6.3 litre conversion ? Well back in 1992 because of the recession and market trends, new car sales was some what slow. Aston Martin were developing a Vantage to replace the Virage but that was some way off. The Service department at Newport Pagnell (now known as Works Service) had for many years offered lots of upgrades and performance enhancements to the V8 range of vehicles, one of which was increasing the capacity of the 5.3 litre V8 engine to 6.3 litre with masses of horse power and torque increases. As such it was a natural progression to offer this on the Virage.
A huge package of options was put together offering engine, transmission, brake and suspension upgrades, with radical changes to wheels, tyres and bodywork, ending up with the muscle car you see here today.
With costs of the basic package starting at £60,000 plus vat (1992 prices !) the car would go from 0 to 60 in something like 5 seconds and 0 to 100 in 11 seconds. In fact at the end of the development process the engine would see 500 bhp developed on the dyno test.
6.3 litre engine package producing 500 BHP & 480 ft lb of torque at 6000rpm, that's a 60% increase from standard. Using a revised Weber Morrelli injection system, large intake and exhaust systems.
14 inch ventilated and cross drilled AP brake discs with four 'pot' racing alloy callipers and AP racing brake pads. At the time the largest discs fitted to a road car, giving the car the record of fastest accelerating/stopping car in its day!
All rose jointed front and rear suspension with revised springs and shock absorbers and roll bars.
Huge OZ 10.5 by 18 inch split rim road wheels with Goodyear Eagle 285/45ZR rated tyres
Body work modifications included reworking of the aluminium body panels to produce massive front and rear wheel arches blending into existing doors with revised lower sill panels incorporating wheel spats followed through under the rear valance with cut away for the large bore tail pipes. Double 'chin' front valance that would just miss the road on maximum ABS assisted braking and allow more air flow into the engine and cooling systems. A side vent was incorporated into the two front wings to allow hot air to exit from the engine bay and a reverse of this was features into the sills purely for effect. (this side vent was eventually incorporated into standard production cars)
Finally a boot lid spoiler was added again just for effect and 6.3 litre badges incorporated into the boot lid.
So there we have it, the ultimate Aston Martin of its day!