Merc SLS roadster vs Bentley GTC vs Aston Virage Volante
West Scotland is icy, dark and dangerous this time of year. The perfect place to head with £500k of lairy supercabrio metal...
Posted: 10 Feb 2012
But all the Virage's flaws dissolve away when you flick into Sport mode and stretch that venerable V12 to the rev limiter. More tuneful than the Bentley's big turbo block, less fighty than the Merc's psychotic V8, this is one of the great engine noises, filling the cabin, the forests and every nearby country with layers and layers of delicious cylinder symphony. Charging from corner to perfectly sighted corner through these lonely woods in the Virage is an experience laden with character, drama and, less redolently, the odd shard of gravel to the face.
Done tracing its low, glinting arc across the clear sky, the wintry sun has sunk below the hills now. From the east, a great curtain of space unfurls across the sky. Telescope time.