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The Beautiful 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

The Beautiful 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish

The Beautiful 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
August 11
11:12 2014

The latest rendition of the Vanquish sticks to the tradition rather well. It remains very well equipped, stunningly plush and luxurious and, accompanied with the wonderful V12 soundtrack, easily stays something that James Bond would drive with pride.

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However, as things keep developing, the transmission in the previous Vanquish became – inadequate. This is why, along with several other changes, the transmission is all new in the latest Aston Martin Vanquish (and Rapide S as well). Aston Martin opted to go with the 8HP ZF’s gearbox, learning from the pleasant experiences of other highly esteemed car companies such as Jaguar, Bentley and even BMW. This setup is a bit lighter than the previous one, but considerably more potent. Aston Martin had to adapt it to the V12 and this was not an easy task, but the results show that the engineers have done the job perfectly well. The longest shift lasts only 130 milliseconds and the 8HP, combined with the 5.9l V12 engine producing 576 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, brings the new Vanquish to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds, which is half a second faster than the previous Vanquish, while the top speed comes to 203 mph.

The transmission also has loads of other features. Putting it in the standard Drive Mode makes the car shift peacefully, but also activates the Adaptive Drive Recognition feature which learns from your driving style. So, if you drive more aggressively, you don’t need to change to the Sport Mode, the transmission adapts the shifting to your style. Similarly, easing up on the throttle pacifies the shifting as the transmission learns from your style. Along with the Drive and Sport modes, there is a Track one, which makes the car a real racing machine.

Another amazing feature is activated using the downshift paddle. If you need to shift down more than one gear, but you are not sure how many, simply hold the left paddle and the car finds the perfect gear according to the ratio.

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Constant learning and optimizing also improves the fuel consumption by 16% which now comes to 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

When it comes to the design, Aston Martin didn’t make huge changes, which is rather fine, since things were pretty great as they were. It still has muscular hood bordered by sharp headlights, widened exhausts and elevated diffuser. Side view reveals uneven doors which look great as the light breaks on their curves. The inconspicuous rear spoiler follows the design perfectly. Add to this the 20-inch 10-spoke forged alloy wheels which are actually 15 lbs lighter than on the previous model and no other changes were needed.

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On the inside, as usually, the Aston Martin Vanquish is lavish, with wonderful glass buttons, three-spoke steering wheel, comfortable leather seats and, simply put, utter quality everywhere you look or touch. Massive central console separates the driver and the passenger and adds more style and confidence to the entire interior.

Aston Martins have always been special and the new Vanquish truly is one outstanding piece of automotive industry. The shift to the new transmission, albeit a bit late compared to the competition (due to practical and financial reasons), brings the Vanquish to new heights and puts a smile on its fans’ faces.

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Branislav Sjeran

Branislav Sjeran

My main interests include cars, music and social and political commentary, but I have written for several magazines, blogs and websites about a variety of topics that include probate law, cars, health, exercise, food and drinks, travel, sports, fulfillment services, gadgets, architecture and interior and product design.

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