Two key Aston Martin stories will have graced Autocar.co.uk within the next few weeks.

The first, a drive of the Aston Martin DB11, has already gone live, and the other, a track-based feature and video-fest, including an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S manual, is due online soon. So that’s Aston’s future, then, and past, all in the space of a few weeks.

It’s the past that’s adding buoyancy to my particular ship today, because the combination of the V12 Vantage S manual and a dry Blyton Park, where the Aston was attempting to keep up with a 2017 Nissan GT-R, has reminded me how magnificent the Vantage S’s chassis is. And how magnificent its 563bhp 5.9-litre V12 engine is. And how brilliantly it steers. And how average the manual gearshift is if you try to trouble it, and that the interior is past its best these days.

But let’s not worry about those last bits, because what I want to do today, dear reader, is pay homage to the V12 Vantage S. Next year the current Vantage model, and any interest surrounding it, will be overwhelmed by the arrival of an all-new Vantage, powered by a Mercedes-AMG V8 at first, which will be better, no doubt, than the current car in all major respects.