The British ultra-luxury supercar producer has updated the 2017 model year V12 Vantage S with a series of upgrades, but most importantly the machine now packs a purist’ manual gearbox.
We now know that Aston Martin chief executive officer Andy Palmer is looking to keep the manual transmission alive as much as possible at the brand and now the company based off Gaydon is making good on the promise. The 2017 V12 Vantage S will feature alongside the Sportshift III seven-speed automated manual a regular even-speed manual transmission. No matter the ‘box choice the 2017 V12 Vantage S will prove its worth sprinting to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds and going flat out until it hits 205 mph (330 km/h). The 5.9-liter V12 engine has remained unchanged and still has 563 horsepower (421 kilowatts) at 6,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 457 pound-feet (620 Newton meters) at 5,750 rpm.
The seven-speed manual is free of charge and has a traditional dog-leg first gear position and also carries the AMSHIFT system which can be selected by the driver. The brand says it will help mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts by using the clutch, gear position, propshaft sensors, and the engine management. The system also works in upshifts and will be most efficient while using the Sport mode. The sales of the 2017 model year V12 Vantage S will start during the third quarter of the year and only 100 units have been allotted to North American clients.
The 2017 model year also carries the introduction of the new V8 Vantage GTS in North America in coupe and roadster body styles and Sport and Lux Edition trims. Additionally all Aston Martin models entering the 2017 model year will be made available with the new AMi III infotainment system with an upgraded sat-nav and Apple CarPlay integration.