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The Manual V12 Vantage S May Be The Perfect Aston Martin


cnet articleThe following is an excerpt from Alex Goy | May 17, 2016 | cnet.com |

Aston Martin doesn't make it hard to like its cars. They're beautifully designed and handle wonderfully. They're comfortable and come with a variety of noisy and powerful engines. While Aston's cars aren't as fast on paper as some of Italy's finest, they're up there when it comes to elegance. Whereas a Ferrari is in your face, Gaydon's child will only speak when spoken to. Well, more bark than speak. A V-12 can only make certain noises.

The V12 Vantage S is a fantastic car. Its 565 brake horsepower, 6.0-liter V12 is the right kind of stupid in a normally proportioned vehicle, let alone one the size of a small shoe. It'll take you from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to 205 mph if you have a small runway or don't mind spending some time in prison.

Torque isn't an issue, either, as there's 457 pound-feet to play with, and that means there's plenty of punch in gear. Gearing, however, used to be a huge problem. You see, Aston only offered the V12 Vantage S with a "SportShift" gearbox. It's an automated manual and, frankly, it's awful.

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