The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Is A Car Not For The Uninitiated

Sep 14, 2016 05:13 AM EDT | J Russ I.

Today, car companies are making their products easier to handle. Even people who aren't well-versed in driving are able to maneuver supercars that are available in the market.

But the Aston Martin V12 S is among the few that demands skill when you're behind the wheel. Its hydraulic steering, stiff suspension and solid seven-speed dogleg transmission is the definition of traditional, old-fashioned supercar.

And this is a good thing. Models like this remind us that modern cars don't need to cradle today's drivers but force the uninitiated to truly hone their skills on the road, especially when handling a beast like the Vantage S.

With its 6.0-liter V12 engine capable of churning out 565 horsepower and 457 lb.-ft. of torque, you'll surely feel what supercar drivers were experiencing in the past years.

"Smoking Tire's" Matt Farah took the newest manual Aston for a spin up a Californian canyon road in his latest One Take, talking about how the supercar isn't the easiest vehicle to drive. He noted that everything felt heavy and resistant, and its dogleg seven-speed takes some getting used to.

This is probably because Aston Martin overhauled the car with performance as its main priority, offering new suspension settings, new carbon ceramic brakes, and a track mode tech. And the redesign's outcome birthed out one of the very few analog sports cars of our era.

While yesterday's millionaire would've preferred today's ubiquitous automatic cars where a push of a button will make you cruise smoothly on the asphalt, traditional drivers are nodding at Aston Martin and their decision to make cars like the V12 Vantage S.

And the company isn't stopping there as it has also decided to build a limited run of manual V12 S cars with seven speeds and a dogleg first gear. Now that's how you bring the classics.

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