An interesting teaser video has just been released by Aston Martin showing what appears to be a special edition 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish.
The new variant is pinned to be the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition with it likely to follow the lead of other Carbon Edition models offered by Aston Martin in recent times.
As the name suggests, the car should be differentiated from the ‘standard’ Vanquish thanks to the addition of some new carbon fibre pieces. From a mechanical standpoint however, don’t expect to see any changes or upgrades adopted by the new Vanquish variant.
For the 2015 model year, power from the flagship 6.0-litre V12 in the Vanquish has been bumped up by three hp to 568 hp while torque has been increased by 10 Nm. The gains have been achieved by reducing the exhaust gas back pressure.
While the engine modifications aren’t significant, the fitment of a brand new eight-speed Touchtronic III automatic transmission for both the 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and Rapide S is very significant. Herein lays the claimed performance improvements with emissions also being reduced.
Thanks to this new transmission, the 2015 Vanquish its 96 km/h (60 mph) in a mere 3.6 seconds. That is an impressive 0.5 of a second faster than the current car and makes the updated Vanquish the quickest accelerating series production Aston Martin ever. Additionally, the new transmission and the revised final drive means the Aston Martin Vanquish can exceed 320 km/h (200 mph) for the very first time. Additionally, CO2 emissions have dropped by 10 per cent thanks to the advanced eight-speed ‘box.
At the Geneva Motor Show this year, Aston Martin introduced both the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White Editions. Both Carbon Black and Carbon White editions add carbon fibre side strakes and black window surrounds. As we expect from the Vanquish Carbon Edition, these two DB9 Carbon models remain mechanically identical to the normal DB9.