Advertisement

New Aston Martin Vantage AMR revealed with manual gearbox

The limited run Aston Martin Vantage AMR will arrive in late 2019 with an all-new seven-speed ‘dog-leg’ manual transmission

The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR has been revealed, and in a move that will surely put a smile on the face of driving enthusiasts everywhere, each of the limited run of 200 units will be fitted with a manual gearbox.

It’s an all-new seven-speed unit, which features a dog-leg shift on first gear, which means that the six you’d normally use on the move can all sit in a conventional H-pattern.

Advertisement - Article continues below

• Best sports cars available

While the art of shifting is now left to the driver, there’s some clever tech integrated into those seven ratios if it’s needed. A system which Aston Martin calls AMSHIFT combines a rev-matching system for smooth downshifts, and allows the driver to flatshift - changing gear without lifting off the throttle - under hard acceleration.

Beyond the added interaction for the driver, the manual gearbox brings another advantage too. It’s much lighter than the Vantage’s usual ZF eight-speed auto, and contributes to a 95kg weight saving. 

It’s mated to the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 found in the existing Vantage, which means 503bhp and 625Nm. A 0-62mph time of four seconds is actually three tenths slower than the regular auto Vantage, while the 195mph top speed is the same.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

As with the rest of the Vantage range, the AMR is equipped with adaptive dampers, while a limited slip differential and carbon brakes also feature. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Vantage AMR will be offered in five designer specs. Of the 200 built, 59 will be called Vantage 59, in tribute to the Le Mans-winning DBR1 from 1959. It can be recognised by its ‘Sterling Green’ paint, highlighted by a lime green racing stripe with matching brake calipers, front grille surround and rear diffuser. Buyers of the other 141 AMRs can choose from blue, black, white or grey exterior finishes.

The AMR is set to make its public debut in Belgium at the next round of the World Endurance Championship at the Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps. Prices for the Vantage AMR start from £149,995, with the ‘59’ model costs £164,995. First deliveries are due towards the end of 2019. 

But if you want a manual Vantage but can’t get your name down for the AMR, don’t worry: once the run of the 200 AMR models has finished, the standard Vantage will be offered with the same seven-speed ‘box as an option.

Are you pleased to see the Aston Martin Vantage now offered with a manual box? Let us know your thoughts below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster blasts in ahead of Geneva
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - front
Aston Martin Vantage

New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster blasts in ahead of Geneva

The new convertible Aston Martin Vantage Roadster arrives with 503bhp and a £126,950 price tag
12 Feb 2020
New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster set for 2020 arrival
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster - front
Aston Martin Vantage

New Aston Martin Vantage Roadster set for 2020 arrival

The new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is set to rival the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Audi R8 Spyder when it makes its spring 2020 debut
7 Oct 2019

Most Popular

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review

We get our first taste of 242bhp Skoda Octavia vRS with Skoda tech development boss Christian Strube in the driver’s seat
10 Jul 2020
SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus
Family hatchbacks

SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon are all long established hatchbacks - we find out which is best among the latest crop
11 Jul 2020
New Mercedes GLA 220d diesel 2020 review
Mercedes GLA SUV

New Mercedes GLA 220d diesel 2020 review

The second generation Mercedes GLA small SUV improves on its predecessor in every area
10 Jul 2020