Aston Martin Rapide S updated for the 2015MY with Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox

Article by Christian A., on August 6, 2014

Just like the Aston Martin Vanquish and Vanquish Volante, the Rapide S was updated too for the 2015MY and received the new Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. As expected, thanks to the new transmission developed by ZF, the 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S is quicker and now capable to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (4.4 seconds 0-100 km/h), which is considerable quicker than the previous figure of 4.7 seconds.

For those who don’t know, the Aston Martin Rapide S uses a 6.0-liter V12 engine that generates 552 bhp (+2 bhp over the previous model) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque at 5,500 rpm. Top speed is over 200 mph or 320 km/h.

According to Aston Martin, fuel economy was boosted by 13 percent in the 2015 Rapide S thanks to the new transmission, while CO2 emissions dropped 10 percent to 300 g/km.

The 2015 Aston Martin Rapide S comes with a revised torque tube that reduces transmission noise, a revised steering ECU that delivers a precise steering response, stiffer dampers (15% at the front, 35% at the rear) and larger front brakes.

Just like the Vanquish, the Rapide S also gets the new Diavalo Red special paint colour, which was previously limited to the V12 Zagato.

A new colour is available at the interior too, where the Rapide S gains the new Duotone leather seat finish in Sahara Tan and Vibrant Red. Aston Martin will introduce the 2015 Rapide S on the global markets in Q3 of 2014.

The latest iteration of the luxurious and exciting Aston Martin Rapide S could now be fitted with new options that could increase the car’s levels of luxury or sportiness. This means customers now have more choices to personalize their Rapide S according to their taste and preferences.

One of these options is the new Carbon Exterior Pack that lends the 558-PS Rapide S a more sporting appearance. This pack includes carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser as well as rear lamp infills and mirror caps.

Inside, the new Rapide S could also be availed with the new piano black interior pack that endows the fascia, transmission tunnel center plate and door handles with a glossy dark finish. The instrument binnacle also features a darker surround while the steering wheel comes with a black horn-push surround. The Rapide S could also be availed with luxurious blend headlinings in either tan or grey.

Aston Martin’s superior hand-craftsmanship is also very evident in the interior of the new Rapide S. For instance, the center console features standard-fit pure glass transmission selector switches.

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