Aston Martin calls its V12 Vantage S 'the ultimate analogue supercar' because it now comes with a manual gearbox option.
Aston Martin is famous for its sports cars. The company is always committed to building exceptional sports cars. That's why it added the manual gearbox option in Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.
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According to Aston Martin, both V12 Vantage S transmission options offer unique character and dynamic emphasis. The seven-speed manual transmission of V12 Vantage S continues a classic tradition. On the other hand, the driver can enjoy a more contemporary driving experience via Sportshift III transmission.
Features of V12 Vantage S manual transmission includes a classic dog-leg first gear position. V12 Vantage S manual transmission also features AMSHIFT. It is a driver selectable system in which the driver 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. Then there is the act of blipping the throttle while applying the brakes and changing gear. AMSHIFT is especially effective in Sport driving mode.
“We’re all enthusiasts here at Aston Martin. Building cars that offer something exceptional is what we do. Technology drives us forward, but we understand the importance of tradition,” said Ian Minards, Director of Product Development.
“The true purist will always hanker for the tactility and connection offered by a manual transmission, so it has been a real pleasure to offer just that in our fastest and most focused model. At a time when manual transmissions have almost entirely disappeared in high performance cars, this makes the manual V12 Vantage S a very special car indeed”.
Aston Martin offers manual transmission for V12 Vantage S as a no-cost option. Buyers have to choose either manual or Sportshift III transmission when ordering their cars. And the company also claims that both versions are mechanically identical. Both versions have the same chassis and brake packages. And both are powered by the same 6.0-litre V12 engine.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said, "Broadening the scope of the V12 Vantage S with a manual transmission option is an indication of our desire to offer the keenest drivers a more analogue and immersive machine to enjoy. I'd like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do for many years to come."
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Aston Martin will start delivering manual V12 Vantage S cars during the third quarter of 2016.