2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S gets 7-spd manual

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Previously, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer said he wanted to be the last sportscar brand to offer a manual transmission. True to his word, the 2017 model year Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will be offered with just that. First deliveries for the V12 Vantage S are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2016.

Power-wise, the V12 Vantage S sports a familiar 6.0 litre V12 engine, which produces the same 563 hp at 6,750 rpm and 620 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. The V12 Vantage S will go from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 330 km/h.

The seven-speed manual has a dog-leg first gear position and the AMSHIFT system. Said system has the ability to simulate heel-and-toe downshifts by using the clutch, gear position, propshaft sensors and the engine management. It can also manage full-throttle upshifts for better acceleration and little interruption and is best used in Sport mode.

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Similarly, buyers who don’t want a manual, can opt for the seven-speed Sportshift III automated-manual transmission instead. Both versions of the car (with the specified transmissions) are somewhat mechanically identical, as they share the same chassis and brake packages, according to Aston Martin.

A new Sport-Plus pack is also available. The package comprises of a choice of five body colours, which can be combined with no-cost optional accent colours for the front grille, side sills, mirror caps and rear diffuser blades. It also comes with ten-spoke graphite lightweight alloy wheels. Inside, a choice of black or grey upholstery with stripes and contrast stitching can be had.

Elsewhere, the 2017 V8 models have been consolidated into coupe and roadster versions of the V8 Vantage S. The range has received small changes to the exterior and interior, while five new option packs for individual personalisation will be offered as well.

All 2017 model year Aston Martins will be fitted with the new AMi III infotainment system (replaces the outgoing AMi II) that comes with navigation and Apple CarPlay integration. Meanwhile, the 2017 Rapide S and Vanquish models will be offered with a range of new option packs.

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Graham Chin

Having spent a number of years as a journalist for a local paper, a marketing executive for a popular German automotive brand and a copywriter, Graham, a true-blue Sarawakian, knew he had to take the leap back into the motoring scene - and so he did. To him, nothing’s better than cruising for hours along a scenic route, in a car that’s designed and built for that purpose.




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