‘The ultimate analogue supercar.’ That’s Aston Martin’s description of the V12 Vantage S with its new seven-speed manual gearbox.
Costing from £138,000, the manual Vantage will feature a system using clutch, gear and propshaft sensors to mimic the action of heeling and toeing during downshifts.
On sale early this autumn in both coupe and cabrio form, it will be part of a revised Vantage V8 and V12 line-up with an improved multimedia package.
Aston quotes a sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a 205mph max speed – which is the same for manual and automatic models alike. The new seven-speed box is only lighter to the tune of 4kg.
‘The manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do for many years to come,’ said Aston boss Andy Palmer. ‘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.’