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Both the Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S have been updated for the 2015 model year with a new eight-speed transmission, as well as a smidge more power and torque.

Dubbed Touchtronic III by Aston Martin’s marketing department, the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will be fitted as standard on all MY2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S models.

Joining the new auto box in the revised Vanquish and Rapide S are a series of changes to the company’s V12 engine. These include the latest engine management controller and a reduction in exhaust back pressure.

As a result power is up 2kW to 424kW in the Vanquish, while the Rapide S gains 1kW for a total of 412kW. Torque in both cars has been boosted by 10Nm to 630Nm.

Aston Martin Rapide S MY2015

The extra gears, and additional power and torque, have naturally improved the performance figures of both cars. With these changes the Vanquish can now complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds instead of 4.1 seconds, while the Rapide S is capable performing the same feat in 4.4 seconds, down from 4.9 seconds. According to Aston Martin, both cars are now capable of hitting speeds over 320km/h.

Under the EU testing regime, the new cars are said to be around 10 per cent more fuel efficient than before, with both the Vanquish and Rapide S now said to consume 12.9L/100km.

In other changes, the Vanquish has been fitted with a stiffer front and rear suspension setup, while the Rapide S gains larger front brakes. Both vehicles are now equipped with stiffer rear suspension bushes, and can be ordered with ten-spoke forged alloy wheels, which are around 7kg lighter than the standard alloys.

On the inside, a selection of new colour schemes is available. These include a blue/black layout dubbed Dark Knight and, if you’re game, a “bold” pink interior.

The revised Vanquish and Rapide S will start rolling out to showrooms from the third quarter of 2014, but aren’t likely to reach Australia until 2015.




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