Aston Martin has ushered in its model year 2017 range by offering the sensational V12 Vantage S with a manual transmission.
Each V12 Vantage S transmission option delivers its own unique character and dynamic emphasis – the manual champions classic tradition and total driver engagement, while the Sportshift III automated transmission offers an easier driving experience. Both transmissions deliver the unrivalled sporting qualities for which the V12 Vantage S is renowned.
The newly introduced 7-speed manual transmission features a classic dog-leg first gear position. It’s an echo from the motoring past that will be welcomed by driving enthusiasts. This dog-leg configuration also ensures the gears used most frequently are located in a “double H” pattern like that of a conventional 6-speed manual.
The new manual transmission also features AMSHIFT. The driver-selectable system uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors, together with finely tuned programming of the engine management, to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts (the act of blipping the throttle while braking and changing gear simultaneously). AMSHIFT also offers the capability of full-throttle upshifts for maximum smoothness and minimal interruption in acceleration.
AMSHIFT can be used in all driving modes, but is especially effective in Sport, with the sharper throttle response and louder exhaust note really emphasising the downshift throttle blip for maximum excitement.
Offered as a no-cost option, the manual V12 Vantage S is a series production model. Customers simply have to make the choice between manual and Sportshift III transmission when ordering their Aston. Both versions are otherwise mechanically identical, sharing the same chassis and brake packages, and powered by the same 5.9-litre V12 engine.
Though their styles of delivery are different, both the manual and Sportshift III gearboxes guarantee potent performance, with the V12 Vantage S accelerating from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.9sec and reaching a top speed of 330km/h.