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Aston Martin, future AMG partner, will be present in the Peeble Beach Concours d’Élégance as well, next to its British rivals, Land Rover, and Jaguar, announcing four new toys with and major technical upgrades : The Aston Martin Vanquish, Vanquish Volante, Rapide S, and DB9 Volante, we will be more interested in the Vanquish Volante


All the four cars had the courteous improvement from Aston Martin’s in house tuner, Q, not much will be noticed on the design, either in the inside or the outside of the car, only new colors will be brought to scene, but, the cars received mechanical improvement. The most noticeable one is the new 8-speed automatic transmission. Brought by ZF, the new Techtronic III transmission replaces the old, noncompetitive 6-speed auto. Another improvement, is the new transaxle mounting of the gearbox. Q reduced also exhaust gas back pressure, giving the Vanquish Volante 3 more bhp, to total 568 bhp. An impressive 0.5 of a second will be gained in the 0 to 100 km/h time, reducing it to 3.8 seconds, thus, it becomes the fastest accelerating Aston Martin car.

The car will be fitted with the same 6.0L V12 engine, but with a new Bosh management system, more accurate fueling, it produces now 630 Nm of torque. The improvement on the gearbox, especially in the final gear ratio, can make the car top 200 mph (320 kph).


Economy wise, the new transmission improvements, increase fuel economy, reduce CO2 emissions. combined fuel consumption is 31 mpg and CO2 emission decreased from 335g/km in the old Vanquish to 298g/km

The car will have new suspension, with stronger tare, uprated Bilstein dumpers : 15% in the front and 35% for the rear, stiffer anti-roll bars and upper-wishbone bushes at the rear. Bigger new front brakes will be mounted too. The assisted driving system will be revised, si will be the Dynamic stability control, to improve driving performance on the road.


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