New 8-speed Touchspeed III ZF Transmission for Aston Martin

With appearance and performance that epitomise sophistication, Aston Martin’s position as one of the world’s foremost manufacturers is all but assured for generations to come. That doesn’t mean, however, that the brand is prepared to rest on its laurels, and regularly introduces innovative enhancements to some of its most popular models. The latest enhancements incorporate an innovative new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, known as the Touchtronic III ZF.

Replacing Aston Martin’s six-speed edition, the Touchtronic III is to be incorporated into 2015 Vanquish and Rapide S models, adding even greater performance to models that are renowned for an unforgettable driving experience. The ZF transmission features additional cogs in comparison to the previous option, ensuring that improved economy and enhanced performance are assured.

Thanks to the addition of the new eight-speed transmission, the Vanquish and Rapide S models have been capable of reducing 0-60mph times by half-a-second, now taking just 3.6 and 4.2 seconds respectively. With power enhanced to a magnificent 568bhp in the Vanquish and 552bhp in the Rapide, the updated transmission packs enough performance to take your breath away.

Ian Minards, product development director, was effusive about the potential packed into the Touchtronic III: “We have a long and successful technical partnership with ZF and so it was a natural step for us to adapt and integrate their world class 8HP transmission in to our transaxle layout.

“This has been a detailed piece of work involving careful consideration of many technical parameters including gear ratios, software integration and shifting strategies. This has delivered a significant step change in both vehicle performance and economy whilst preserving the unique Aston Martin V12 driving experience.”

The new models, which are set to enter production later in 2014, will also feature additional style enhancements to ensure that there is no part of the Aston Martin experience that is anything but first class.

Find out more by enquiring online or contact your nearest Lancaster Aston Martin dealership today.