Car News 8 Apr 2016

Aston Martin gives the V12 Vantage S a refresh

Aston Martin has revamped the V12 Vantage S for 2017 and for the first time are offering the supercar with a manual gearbox.

The Vantage range will receive a host of upgrades, most notably the addition of a new seven-speed manual transmission. The new gearbox will offer an analogue experience, at no extra cost in the Coupe and roadster models. It features a motorsport derived ‘Dogleg’ first gear and is fitted with AMSHIFT that gets the most out of the downshifts as well as upshifts, adding to the acceleration rate. The manual Vantage is also 4kg lighter than it’s automatic counterpart.

The same 563bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine will be used, capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds in both manual and automatic models. The next-generation of V12 Vantage’s also receives a new Sport-Plus pack option which gives upgrades to the interior and exterior.

Externally the pack allows for a choice of 5 different body colours with contrasting accents on the exterior, as well as 10-spoke graphite-dusted alloy wheels. Flashes feature around the grille surround, side sills, rear diffuser and mirror caps. The cabin can be finished in a choice of black or grey upholstery and the range receives the new Ami III infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and an upgraded Sav-Nav system.

The new V12 Vantage S goes on sale in summer with first deliveries expected in autumn. The initial starting price is expected to sit at around £140,000.