It seems that Aston Martin is really serious in keeping the manual transmission alive as they recently introduced a manual gearbox for the V12 Vantage S. Available as option to the Sportshift III auto, this new seven-speed manual also features a “dog-leg” first gear and the AMSHIFT which is a system that uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors to mimic heel-and-toe downshifts.
The performance figures for the manual version of the V12 Vantage S remain unchanged and are identical to the automatic. Zerotohundred takes 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 330km/h. The V12 Vantage S has gained a new Sport-Plus Pack option that includes exterior and interior modifications. Customers now have a choice of five body colours, optional accent on the grille surround, mirror caps, side sills and rear diffuser.
The new AMi III infotainment system completes the update for the V12 Vantage S. The system comes with integrated satellite navigation system and improvements over the outgoing Ami II such as better graphics, faster address input, updatable maps, reduced loading times, graphical itinerary planning and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The Vantage line up has also been simplified by narrowing it down from four to two models by omitting the non-S version.