|The 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, now fitted with a manual transmission, guarantees even greater power, acceleration and undeniable exhilaration. The other transmission option for the Vantage V12 is the Sportshift III.|
To ensure the Aston Martin V12 Vantage get its fair share of 2017 updates, a new Sport-Plus Pack option is available; featuring a raft of exterior and interior changes. Foremost amongst these is a choice of five body colors, which can be combined with no-cost optional accent colors applied to the front grille lipstick, side sills, mirror caps and rear diffuser blades. Ten-spoke graphite finish lightweight alloy wheels complete the Sport-Plus Pack’s exterior changes, while a choice of black or grey upholstery with stripes and contrast stitching offered in a range of accent colors create a suitably dramatic interior theme.
The 2017 updates also apply to the Vantage range, with the V8 models now consolidated into Coupe and Roadster versions of the V8 Vantage S. Mechanically unchanged, the timelessly stylish V8 Vantage S receives a range of small detail changes to the exterior and interior. Together with five new option packs offering broad scope for personalization and even greater value the V8 Vantage S is a compelling and competitive entry point to the Aston Martin range.
One change to be implemented across all current model lines is the new AMi III infotainment system. This includes a new integrated Satellite Navigation system that offers significant improvements over the outgoing AMi II technology. Key areas of improvement are the integrated graphics, quicker and easier address input, reduced loading times, updatable maps, graphical itinerary planning, advanced traffic information, enhanced map graphics and a greater range of voice guidance options.
In the engine department, the new V12 Vantage continues to utilize the potent 6.0-liter V12 to enable 421 kW (573 PS/563 bhp) at 6750 rpm and 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5750 rpm of torque. Paired to either the new seven-speed manual transmission, featuring a classic dog-leg first gear or H position, or quick shifting Sportshift III, the V12 Vantage is ready to blow your mind away. The new manual transmission also features AMSHIFT. The system, which is driver selectable 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; the act of blipping the throttle while braking and changing gear. AMSHIFT also offers the capability of full-throttle upshifts for maximum smoothness and minimal interruption in acceleration. Moreover, AMSHIFT can be used in all driving modes, but is especially effective in Sport, with the sharper throttle response and louder exhaust note really emphasizing the downshift throttle blip for maximum excitement.
Offered as a no-cost option, the manual V12 Vantages is a series production model. Customers simply have to make the choice between manual and Sportshift III transmission when ordering their car. Though their style of delivery are different, whether manual or Sportshift III, potent performance is guaranteed with the V12 Vantage accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h (62mph) in 3.9sec and both can reach 330 km/h (205mph).
First deliveries of both Aston Martin V12 Vantage versions are scheduled to begin during the third quarter of this year.