Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

Myr­iad Van­tage vari­ants are in the pipe­line. First up is one with a sev­en­speed man­ual gear­box, though it’s still more than a year away. A soft-top Volante ver­sion is also a shoo-in, as are harder ver­sions with a greater per­for­mance fo­cus. We know there’s plenty of head­room left in the 4.0-litre V8 (it churns out 450kw/850nm in the AMG E63 S) and tan­ta­lis­ingly, As­ton says its 5.2-litre V12 does fit though “there are no plans at this stage.” No plans ei­ther for a six-cylin­der ver­sion us­ing Merc’s all-new M256 in-line six, which is a shame. A cheaper six-pot with a man­ual ’box would be a lovely thing.

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