The 2017 model year at Aston Martin comes with a series of updates, with the most important being a manual transmission for the V12 Vantage S.

At the end of last month, we heard Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer saying that he wants to keep the manual gearbox alive for as long as it’s possible. Now, the Gaydon-based marque is living up to the promise by introducing a seven-speed manual transmission for the V12 Vantage S which will be available alongside the Sportshift III seven-speed automated manual.

Regardless of transmission, the 2017 V12 Vantage S will run the sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds and max out at 205 mph (330 kph). The 5.9-liter V12 engine is carried over and continues to develop 563 horsepower (421 kilowatts) at 6,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 457 pound-feet (620 newton meters) at 5,750 rpm.

Available as a no-cost option, the seven-speed manual features a traditional dog-leg first gear position and benefits from the AMSHIFT system which can be selected by the driver. According to Aston Martin, the system will mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts by using the clutch, gear position, propshaft sensors, and the engine management. Full-throttle upshifts are also possible with AMSHIFT to ensure the best possible acceleration with minimal interruption. AMSHIFT can be used in all driving modes, but it will be most effective in Sport mode.

Aston Martin will kick off deliveries of the manual V12 Vantage S in the third quarter of the year and only 100 units are destined for North America.

In related news, the 2017MY welcomes the new V8 Vantage GTS in North America available both as a coupe and a roadster in Sport and Lux Edition trims. The new arrival effectively consolidates the V8 Vantage lineup into one model.

It can be visually distinguished on the outside by a more generous use of carbon fiber and a black look for the grille, headlamp bezels, hood vent mesh, and window surrounds. The car rides on graphite five-spoke wheels and comes as standard with a sport suspension on the Sport Edition trim.

Go for the Lux Edition and the 2017 V8 Vantage GTS US Spec gets a comfort suspension for a smoother ride and it also comes with silver five-spoke wheels. This variant will have a bright finish for the exhaust tips, a glossy black look on the splitter and diffuser, along with bright metal accents for the hood, headlamp bezels, grille, and window surrounds.

The V8 Vantage GTS Sport Edition can be had with either Obsidian Black or Argento Grey leather with Plisse Alcantara or Indented Leather detailing in a contrasting hue. As for the Lux Edition, it’s available with many of Aston Martin’s colors and receives as standard a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

All Aston Martins starting with the 2017 model year get the new AMi III infotainment system with an upgraded sat-nav and Apple CarPlay integration. In addition, the Rapide S and the Vanquish are now available with extra option packs.

Source: Aston Martin

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