Aston Martin has revealed an upgraded Vantage line-up, with revised models featuring a new infotainment system, new colour options and, most significantly, the option of a newly developed seven-speed manual gearbox in the V12 Vantage S coupé and roadster.
Billed as the ultimate analogue supercar, the manual V12 Vantage S is 4kg lighter than its automatic sibling but has the same performance figures, with a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.9sec and a top speed of 205mph.
The seven-speed transmission features a ‘dogleg’ first gear and AMSHIFT, which uses clutch, gear position and propshaft sensors to mimic heel-and-toe downshifts.
The manual V12 Vantage S costs from £138,000 - the same as the automatic version - and is an unlimited series-production model. First deliveries are due in September, ahead of the next-generation Vantage, which is set to arrive next year.