The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is getting a manual transmission option.
It’s something that appears a bit of an about-turn: the original V12 Vantage, launched back in 2009, came only with a six-speed manual option. Its replacement, 2013’s V12 Vantage S, had only a seven-speed automatic on its spec sheet.
So offering the V12 S with a stick-shift three years later, as a no-cost option, appears something of a U-turn. But we’re not going to chastise Aston for it; we need to celebrate those carmakers keeping faith in (or returning to) manual gearboxes. Here are seven reasons why the manual Vantage S ought to be a belter.
And who knows, maybe the tide is starting to turn a little against paddleshifting supercars…