We Have over 40,000 sq ft of indoor showrooms and are Home to the West Coast's Most Diverse Inventory of Luxury, Exotic, Collectible and Special Interest Automobiles. The number chasers try to cover their tracks, but the insincerity shines through. The suspension is stiff, of course, giving the Vantage an edge in cornering, but remains comfortable enough for around-town practicality. The best part is how communicative the steering and suspension are. Without forced induction, there's little attenuation between driver input and power output — it's linear, mechanical, and utterly predictable. This dog-leg configuration also ensures the gears used most frequently are located in a double 'H' pattern like that of a conventional 6-speed manual. Technology drives us forward, but we understand the importance of tradition.
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. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. This dogleg-trannied bee's-knees work of art, if you will. Some shapes are timeless, and with the Vantage still looking this good after more than a decade of production, it's clear this Aston Martin fits the description. No launch-controlled all-wheel drive for a quick launch, just sticky tires at the back that well, they don't stick all that well. The seven-speed Porsche 911 simply adds seventh on as a dogleg to its six-speed.
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Without the clunky single-clutch automated manual transmission getting in the way of anything but full-throttle fun, the V12 Vantage feels like a proper sports car, and the new manual is surprisingly easy to use considering the massive power it contends with. You never risk putting the car into first by accident. Manufacturer Backed Aston Martin Certified Pre-Owned Inspection 140 Point Inspection. The true purist will always hanker for the tactility and connection offered by a manual transmission, so it has been a real pleasure to offer just that in our fastest and most focused model. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. Even without this version's orange accents, apparently ripped from a Nike shoe, it's organic and classically beautiful. By eschewing more modern electric assist, Aston Martin has retained the feel and precision enthusiasts demand in their sports cars.
New for the 2017, however, is a Sport-Plus Pack sub-trim available on the S that offers a 7-speed Amshift manual transmission. Malibu's Mulholland Highway and Encinal Canyon are the roads I chose to get a feel for the V12 Vantage S. This vehicle is a Certified Pre-Owned Aston Martin. I defy you drive this Aston on the road or on a racetrack and argue that it needs a turbo or two. Building cars that offer something exceptional is what we do. Earning Its Sidewalk Star Transmission aside, pretty much everything else is familiar. It gives V12 Vantage buyers an option beyond the clunky 7-speed automatic, but sadly, only 100 will be coming to the U.
Because of it, this Aston feels like an Alcantara-lined Miata—albeit one with a 563-hp V-12 that pulls so hard to its 7,000-rpm max that you're deep into rev limiter before the tachometer has a chance to catch up. Now Aston Martin follows with an even bolder move, offering a second manual-gearbox Vantage model. The is flawed, old, and weak — so say the insidious numbers. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. The accompanying soundtrack, blaring out of the twin gunmetal pipes on its tail end, is deliciously angry. Technology drives us forward, but we understand the importance of tradition. The V12 models get additional hood vents, but they look more tacked-on than they should.
The automaker is presently independent once again, though an agreement with Mercedes-Benz is expected to result in future Aston Martin vehicles sporting German-manufactured powertrains. Mounted in the nose is a naturally aspirated 5. Virtually every surface is dressed in Obsidian Black hides and Alcantara with complimenting carbon fiber and Piano Black inlays. Xenon headlamps and rear parking sensors are also standard. Snapping between second and third is a breeze, and popping up to fourth and fifth is a subliminal action. Offered as a no-cost option, the manual Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is a series production model.
If you can get the Pirelli Corsas to hook up, starting in first gives a half-second advantage to 35, but that advantage is eaten up by the relatively slow because it's not a straight shot 1-to-2 shift. Fortunately, the V-12 produces enough low-rpm torque to allow you to effectively drive the S as you would a conventional six-speed; doing so just means being one gear higher everywhere. The term refers to a manual transmission whose shift pattern is such that first gear is not part of the H-pattern of gears. Handling is also excellent, with the staggered size, and insanely sticky, Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires holding each corner tenaciously. All V12 Vantage trims offer sumptuous accommodations and an iconic low-slung jet-interceptor profile.
Even the historical sports-car gold standard, the , doesn't resemble a sports car these days. The V12 Vantage S has no tricks to excel at accel, no computer-controlled gadgets to help handling. Bolted to the four corners of the stiff architecture is an independent double wishbone suspension. Unfortunately, despite the addition of things like Apple CarPlay, it's getting hard to hide that the Vantage is more than a decade old. Vehicles are reconditioned using new Aston Martin parts and must have a CarFax Vehicle History Report to be considered for certification.
There's nothing here trying to simulate an authentic experience — it is an authentic experience. A mechanical watch doesn't keep time as well as a quartz one, the numbers say. This example's Stratus White exterior is complemented by optional carbon fiber exterior elements and black textured exhaust tips. On these roads, the Vantage S is sublime. If Merriam and Webster were alive today, they'd agree that this is the very definition of a perfectly executed sports car. Still, there's a feeling of datedness here: The knobs for audio and climate functions feel old, and there are small and confusing buttons everywhere, including the push-buttons for the automatic transmission.