If you haven't noticed, I have a certain affinity for specific automakers.

While I do my very best to be objective, I have to admit that once and a while I have a weakness for certain products.

What can I say? I am human.

One of those vehicles is the Aston Martin Vantage. Though I've driven the V8 S, I've never had the chance to get behind the wheel of the V12. For the 2015 model year the company is bringing forward an even more impressive variant, the V12 Vantage S. As Motor Trend's video title says, it slots the company's biggest motor — outside of the One-77 — in the tiniest offering.

Just one problem. Aston is constantly being flogged by auto journos for not having the latest chassis or the latest technology. It's infotainment systems are ususally weak with "meh" graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and the transmissions are said to be not up to the grade.

But if you want the latest, you probably aren't looking at the right brand to start. Go to Ferrari. If you want a top-notch interior and a unique GT driving experience then there's no other way to go than Aston.

Anyhow, take a look at Motor Trend's first take on the new V12 Vantage S below.

On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the most extreme Aston Martin this side of the One-77. With a massive 5.9-liter V-12 shoehorned in the smallest chassis in the lineup, the gorgeous and motorsports-derived 565-horsepower V12 Vantage S promises one exhilarating ride. Aston claims it's the second fastest accelerating car the company has produced, and this week we head to the test track to verify that claim. Afterwards, we find out how well the controversial single-clutch automated manual copes with mountain roads.

DRIVEN + VIDEO: FIRST Drive Of The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S — Has The Company FINALLY Gotten Its Act Together?

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