Aston Martin is going to offer buyers of the V12 Vantage S the chance to row their own gears.
For 2017, the car will be offered with a seven-speed manual transmission, though only 100 of these self-shifted models will be coming to the U.S.
The transmission itself is laid out in a “dogleg” configuration, which means that first gear is to the left and down, sitting below reverse. Gears two through seven are then setup in a traditional double H pattern. Aston has also fitted the new transmission with automatic rev-matching downshifts, a system it calls AMshift.
Under the hood lives the same 5.9-liter V12 engine pumping out 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. According to the brand, the seven-speed manual and seven-speed automated manual both get the car to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds.
U.S deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2016, but with so few cars coming here, don’t expect them to be easy to find.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the manual gearbox remains an integral part of our product plans and will do for many years to come,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.
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