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Manual transmissions may be on the brink of their extinction across the auto industry but that is not really the case in Gaydon, where Aston Martin is headquartered. The British sports car maker is preserving the thrill of rowing your own gears by offering the 2017 model year V12 Vantage S with a manual gearbox option.

According to AM, while the outgoing Sportshift III automated manual transmission offers a more contemporary driving experience, the manual transmission is geared towards achieving total driver engagement.

So, mated to the car’s meaty 6.0-litre V12 engine is a new seven-speed manual transmission that comes with a traditional ‘dog-leg’ arrangement – which means the first gear is positioned to the left and down, below reverse, while the rest sit in a double ‘H’ pattern.

Interestingly, the gearbox is also equipped with what the automaker calls AMSHIFT. The system adds a throttle-blipping function, as well as full-throttle upshifts for uninterrupted accelerations. It can be operated in all driving modes, but put in Sport and you’ll be greeted with a sharp throttle response and louder exhaust note.

Apart from the transmission, Aston Martin says the manual and automatic versions of the V12 Vantage S are mechanically identical. Both cars have 573 PS and 620 Nm, both sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a quick 3.9 seconds, and both reach a top speed of 330 km/h. Both are also offered at the same basic price – if you’re from the UK or Europe.

Like the rest of the model lineup, the V12 Vantage S can be specified with a new range of exterior and interior options, including bright body accents, as well as new wheel designs and cabin upholstery. It is also equipped with an updated version of the AMi III infotainment system that now incorporates Apple CarPlay.

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First deliveries of the manual V12 Vantage S are scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2016. In the US, the car will be sold as a special edition model limited to just 100 units.





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