Thrilling news from Aston Martin today!
The 2015 Vanquish brings a hefty set of upgrades and updates – including the best-ever automatic transmission from ZF. Dubbed Touchtronic III in its Aston duty, this amazing box is a wonderful complement to the new 2015 adaptive/adjustable dampers and a new torque tube as well.
The eight-speed auto optimizes the 568-hp V12’s power to great effect in all scnearios. This includes the 60-mph sprint, where the 2015 Vanquish nails a 3.6-second pace. This is down more than 0.6-seconds versus the current car. Great stuff!
The full details are out – below is nearly 150 photos and the tech specs + debut video. The online builder is live now on Aston Martin’s website, linked below.
2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH Pebble Beach Edition by Q
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2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH
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DYNAMIC ENHANCEMENTS FOR ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH AND RAPIDE S
Acceleration, top speed, emissions and economy improve significantly
Debut of state-of-the-art eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic gearbox
New engine management system, enhanced trim and specification options
6 August 2014 – Aston Martin is today revealing details of a raft of important enhancements to two of the brand’s most popular and successful sports cars: the Vanquish ultimate GT and Rapide S four-door, four-seat, sports car.
With the arrival of 15 Model Year (15MY) cars in markets around the world over the next few months, the luxury British brand is offering not only considerably enhanced performance and much-improved fuel economy and emissions, but also an even more honed, precise and responsive driving experience.
With the debut of the new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox in both Vanquish and Rapide S – the first time that this state-of-the-art gearbox has been incorporated into a transaxle layout – Aston Martin is improving every major area of the cars’ performance and fuel economy. The brand’s engineers have worked meticulously with technical partner, ZF, to develop the eight-speed technology and integrate it perfectly into the latest generation of the iconic and much-imitated Aston Martin VH architecture.
The 0-60 mph times for both the Vanquish and Rapide S are reduced in 15MY cars: The Vanquish drops from 4.1 seconds to just 3.6 seconds (3.8 seconds 0-100 km/h) and the Rapide S is capable of the same sprint in only 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds 0-100 km/h) – also down by a full half second from its previous figure of 4.7 seconds. These impressive gains not only ensure the cars’ exceptional competitiveness in their respective sectors, but also confirm Vanquish as the quickest accelerating series production Aston Martin in the company’s 101-year history.
Changes to gear and final drive ratios allow the cars to be not only quicker but also more frugal, with reduced emissions too. In both sports cars the CO2 figure drops by an average of ten per cent – down to 298 g/km for Vanquish and 300 g/km for Rapide S. Economy is boosted by thirteen per cent (Rapide S) and seven per cent (Vanquish) with the new transmission (US Combined cycle).
Combined with a revised final drive, the ratio changes also mean both cars are, for the first time, now capable of top speeds of 200 mph or above.
A reduction in exhaust gas back pressure as a result of ratio adjustment and other changes also benefits peak power, which rises by up to three bhp to a peak of 568 bhp in Vanquish, and two bhp, 552 bhp, in Rapide S. Peak torque is up too, to 465 lb ft at 5,500 rpm in all the cars.
The new eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic gearbox is not only three per cent lighter than its predecessor, it is also packaged more efficiently occupying precisely the same space within the car yet adding two further ratios over the outgoing transmission.
Touchtronic III delivers exceptional shift speed and moves between ratios as quick as 130 milliseconds – far quicker than even the most accomplished racing driver is capable of – while better gearbox efficiency allows more power and torque to be transmitted to the road more of the time.
Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, explained: “We have a long and successful technical partnership with ZF and so it was a natural step for us to adapt and integrate their world class 8HP transmission in to our transaxle layout.”
“This has been a detailed piece of work involving careful consideration of many technical parameters including gear ratios, software integration and shifting strategies. This has delivered a significant step change in both vehicle performance and economy whilst preserving the unique Aston Martin V12 driving experience.”
Gearbox software changes make for a truly comprehensive selection of available driving features such as ‘Drive’ and ‘Drive Sport’ modes along with ‘Paddle Shift’ and ‘Paddle Shift Sport’ options for more engaging, sporting, shift control.
Optimal, multi-ratio downshifts are available by pulling and holding the down shift paddle, allowing for the car to select the lowest available gear when under braking. Adaptive Drive Recognition (ADR), meanwhile, tailors shift points to the individual driver’s style. Thus a more spirited driver in standard ‘Drive’ mode will rapidly adapt to enjoy a shift map more akin to the settings found in ‘Drive Sport’. As the programming is reset during each key cycle – when the car is locked and unlocked – the perceived ‘changes’ to the car’s nature are similarly reset.
Engine management upgrade
Away from the gearbox, 15MY Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models benefit from the addition of the latest Bosch Engine Management System. The new system, which delivers more precise engine control and seamlessly communicates with the new gearbox, receives its first application in an Aston Martin that combines the AM29 V12 engine and an automatic gearbox.
Meanwhile other electronic and engineering changes have taken place in 15MY cars to deliver a consistent GT character by perfectly aligning the chassis with improvements in powertrain performance and accessibility. For instance, a revised torque tube reduces transmission noise transfer into the passenger compartment while revised DSC sees the retuned stability system optimised for the new gearbox. A revised steering ECU delivers an even more crisp and precise steering response.
Uprated dampers on the new Vanquish – 15% stiffer at the front and a full 35% stiffer at the rear – improve the dynamic characteristic of the car in line with its significantly enhanced performance. Rapide S, meanwhile, gets uprated larger front brakes. Both cars also benefit from a retuned brake booster and amended rear suspension bushes that are now 20% stiffer than before.
There are also subtle but important styling enhancements, both inside and outside the cars, that add extra visual appeal for 15MY Vanquish and Rapide S.
Outside there’s the arrival of new ten-spoke forged alloy wheel designs, available in a variety of finishes, that not only enhance the cars’ looks but save almost seven kilos in weight versus the standard wheel. There are also new paint colour options including, for the first time on Vanquish and Rapide S, the availability of the special paint colour Diavalo Red, previously limited to the breath-taking V12 Zagato.
Inside, the cars get new leather trim colour options including the contemporary blue-black Dark Knight, and bold Fandango Pink. Rapide S also gains the exciting option of a new Duotone leather seat finish in Sahara Tan and Vibrant Red, as well as a range of new headlining options that mix quilting with the finest leathers or Alcantara.
Director of Design Marek Reichman explained: “More bold and dynamic interior and exterior treatments are the perfect offering for customers of the latest models.
“It is, of course, possible to add more colour to our cars while maintaining Aston Martin’s reputation for elegance and beauty, and I’m very happy to see this enhanced and extended colour palette offered to our loyal customers around the world.”
The global market introduction of 15MY sports cars begins in Q3 of 2014, with more details on market-specific pricing and options available in due course.
2015 Aston Martin VANQUISH
• Two-door Coupe body style with 2+0 seating 2+2 seating
• Extruded aluminium and Carbon Fibre bonded VH body structure
• Carbon Fibre body panels
• Lightweight multi-layer Volante fabric roof
• Cast-magnesium door structures
• Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
• LED light blade tail-lamps
• Exposed Carbon Fibre splitter, diffuser and sill blade
• Front ventilated CCM brake discs 398 mm diameter with six-piston calipers
• Rear ventilated CCM brake discs 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers
• 3-stage Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
• Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
• Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
• Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
• Traction Control (TC)
• Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
• Positive Torque Control (PTC)
• Full-grain Luxmill leather interior
• Alcantara® headlining on coupe and Rökona and Alcantara® headlining on Volante
• Electrically operated front seats with side airbags
• Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
• Coupe 2+0 seating configuration with flexible rear environment storage, Volante 2+2 seating configuration
• Satin chrome jewellery pack
• Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
• Front and rear parking sensors
• Cruise control
• Tyre pressure monitoring
• Alarm and immobiliser
• Remote control central door locking and boot release
• Automatic temperature control
• Heated front seats
• Curtain side head airbags
• Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
• Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
• Seat belt dual pre-tensioners and digressive load limiters
• Trip computer
• Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra (UK only) 1,3,5
• Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
• Glass ECU
• Titanium bonnet and side strake meshes
• Bright aluminium front grille
• Chrome side strakes and tailpipe trim
• Heated rear screen
• Black gearshift paddles with colour-keyed leather trim
• Rear parking assist camera
• All alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 5935 cc V12
• Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
• Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with cross pipes
• Compression ratio 11:1
• Dual variable camshaft timing
• Fully CNC machined combustion chambers
• Maximum power 424 kW (568 bhp / 576 PS) at 6650 rpm
• Maximum torque 630 Nm (465 lb ft) at 5500 rpm
• Coupe Acceleration 0-60 mph in 3.6 sec; 0-100 km/h in 3.8 sec
• Coupe maximum speed 201 mph (324 km/h)
• Length 4692 mm (184.7”) 4728 mm (186”) (including number plate plinth)
• Width 1912 mm (75.2”) (excluding door mirrors)
• 2067 mm (81.3”) (including door mirrors)
• Height 1294 mm (50.9”)
• Wheelbase 2740 mm (107.9”)
• Fuel tank capacity 78 litres (17.2 Imp. Gal. /20.5 US Gal)
• Coupe Weight: 1739 kg (3834 lb)
• Weight Distribution 51%/49% (Front/Rear)
• 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system
• Infotainment system (AMi) with capacitive switching
• Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation 1,2
• 6.5” LCD Screen
• DAB radio 1
• AM/FM radio 1
• USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
• A2DP Bluetooth® audio
• Alternative brake caliper finish – Black, blue, yellow and red brake calipers
• 10-spoke cast alloy wheels – Graphite painted
• 20-spoke forged alloy wheels –
• Liquid Silver painted
• Silver painted with diamond-turned finish
• Graphite painted with diamond-turned finish
• Gloss Black painted with diamond-turned finish
• 10-spoke forged alloy wheels –
• Silver painted with diamond-turned finish
• Gloss Black painted with diamond-turned finish
• Satin Black painted with diamond-turned finish
• Black vaned grille
• Magnum Silver or Black Mesh finish
• Black textured tailpipe
• Exposed Carbon Fibre roof panel 6
• Exposed Carbon Fibre door mirror caps
• Exposed Carbon Fibre side strakes
• Exposed Carbon Fibre door handles
• Protective film
• Black Luxmill leather part Alcantara® steering wheel 6
• Colour-keyed Luxmill leather steering wheel
• Black One-77 leather steering wheel with black Alcantara® inserts 6
• Colour-keyed One-77 Leather Steering wheel with Obsidian Black leather inserts
• Centre stack facia in Carbon Fibre 2×2 Twill, Piano Black, Herringbone Carbon Fibre, Piano Red and Piano Ice Mocha
• Headrest embroidery – Aston Martin Wings or Vanquish logo
• Black hardware pack
• Full Carbon Fibre gearshift paddles
• Shadow bronze jewellery pack
• Personalised sill plaques
• Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener
• Heated and ventilated seats
• Perforated leather door inserts
• Smokers’ pack
• Second glass ECU
• Aston Martin tracking by Cobra 1,3,5
• Alarm upgrade (Volumetric and tilt sensors)
• 6-CD auto-changer
• First-aid kit
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