New Eight-Speed Automatic Among the Upgrades
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Despite being a small company, Aston Martin seems to be keeping itself very busy. Case in point: the recently announced set of updates for the Vanquish and Rapide S for the 2015 model year.
The biggest change by far for the two models is the introduction of a new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission which improves performance, efficiency and comfort. Along with improved electronics, the new transmission also give the Vanquish a three horsepower boost (568 horsepower) and the Rapide S a two horsepower boost (552 horsepower). Both models see an increase in torque to 465 pound-feet. Performance figures improve on both models with the Vantage now reaching 60mph in 3.6 seconds, and the Rapide S reaching 60mph in 4.2 seconds.
Other mechanical changes include revised stability control, improved steering, new dampers for the Vantage, and larger front brakes for the Rapide S.
Aston Martin has also added new wheels, colors, and interior trim for both models.