Aston Martin is making it happen.
Mercedes-AMG has always created insane versions of pedestrian cars, but the high-performance division, with a few exceptions, has offered its vehicles with automatic transmissions. Enthusiasts that have always craved the ability to row their own gears in an AMG-powered car can rejoice, because now that the division is supplying engines for Aston Martin, the world will finally get supercars that have three pedals. According to an interview with Car and Driver with Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, the new Vantage will still have a manual transmission option.
Palmer confirmed to Car and Driver that the next Vantage will offer drivers the option of both an automotive and manual transmission when the supercar arrives with the AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under its hood. “I’ve already gone on the record saying I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer a manual sports car,” stated Palmer. Currently, the 4.0-liter V8 makes 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque in the AMG GT S, but we’re sure Aston Martin will increase the motor’s output for a little more fun. The current V8 Vantage GT produces 430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque from its naturally-aspirated 4.7-liter V8, so the new, turbocharged unit will surely give the supercar more performance.
As of right now, the AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 is only planned to make its way into Aston Martin’s entry-level car, but Car and Driver mentions the possibility of the motor, and even a manual transmission, making its way into other cars. Most notably, the demand to put the V8 engine into the DB11 for economy-conscious markets. There’s nothing bad about having more stick shifts in AMG-badged cars and it’s definitely something to look forward to.