Aston Martin marks Virage conversion
Tuesday, 29 March 2022 at 15:30:00 UTC
30th anniversary of 6.3-litre Virage upgrade
Aston Martin has marked the 30th anniversary of its Virage 6.3-litre conversion at its Works base in Newport Pagnell.
The company sold 46 Virage cars in 1992 and many have been upgraded to the 6.3-litre engine. Around 60 cars have been converted in total, giving the cars 500bhp and 480lb ft of torque.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, was himself involved in the Virage 6.3 conversion project and remembers driving the development and demonstration vehicle, affectionately known today as "Minky". He said: ‘The Virage 6.3 conversion was, and remains, a superb example of the capabilities of the department that is now Aston Martin Works.
‘The car was comprehensively re-engineered, and restyled, right here in Newport Pagnell. It remains a true testament to the ingenuity and vision of the Aston Martin business and I’m thrilled – but also a little shocked from a personal point of view – that we are able to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2022.’