Aston Martin have revealed details of the enhancements for 2015 Model Year Vanquish GT and Rapide S, which are set to go on sale in Q3 of 2014.
New ZF’ Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox
The key change is the introduction of the new ‘ZF’ Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox for both models. Which not only benefits performance, it has boasted fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.
The Aston Martin Vanquish sees the benchmark 0-60 mph time reduced from 4.1 seconds to 3.6 seconds, a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions to 298 g/km and according to NEDC figure fuel economy on the extra urban cycle sees a decrease to 31 mpg.
The four-door four-seater Rapide S is now capable of 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds rather than 4.7 seconds, CO2 emissions are now 300 g/km and fuel consumption is on par with the Vanquish.
Both cars are now capable of 200 mph plus with the Vanquish being the fastest accelerating production Aston to date.
A few tweaks have been made as a result of the fitment of the new transmission which means that peak power outputs of both cars has risen to 575PS for the Vanquish and 560PS for the Rapide – peak torque increase by 10 Nm at 540 Nm at 5,500 rpm for both models.
New Engine Management System
The engine management system of the Vanquish and Rapide S models has been replaced by the latest Bosch technology to talk to both the engine and new gearbox, which Aston says provides more precise control.
Suspension and Brake Improvements
The dampers have been stiffened for the Vanquish by 15 per cent at the front and 35 per cent on rear to improve handling. The Aston Martin Rapide S has upgraded brakes with large front discs – with both model receiving a retuned brake booster and stiffer rear suspension bushes.
There are new ten-spoke lightweight alloy wheel designs in a variety of finishes available. The paint options have been expanded with the introduction of Diavalo Red which previously was reserved for the V12 Zagato.
The interior features new leather trim with options such as blue-black Dark Knight, and bold Fandango Pink. Additionally the Rapide S sees the introduction of a new Duotone leather seat finish in Sahara Tan and Vibrant Red plus headlining options that mix quilting with the finest leathers or Alcantara.Published 6 August 2014