Aston Martin has expanded its offerings for the 2017 model year, introducing a new seven-speed manual transmission with an active rev-matching system in the V12 Vantage S.
The new seven-speed manual transmission comes with a dog-leg gear pattern, which ensures the most frequently used speeds are organized in a user-friendly double-H pattern. The transmission’s ‘Amshift’ electronic rev-matching system uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors to mimic the throttle blipping the heel-toe technique achieves, making for smoother downshifts under deceleration.
In addition to rev-matching on downshifts, the Amshift transmission function also allows for no-lift shifts, meaning the driver can keep the throttle planted all the way to the floor when depressing the clutch to upshift. Amshift can be used in any drive mode, however when used with the Vantage S’ ‘Sport’ mode, it becomes especially effective.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is powered by Aston Martin’s 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 565 horsepower. The Vantage S, which is not only more powerful than the standard Vantage but 15 kg lighter, will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph.
“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, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the manual gearbox remains an integral part of ourproduct plans and will do for many years to come.”