Aston Martin is finally answering our prayers to add a missing feature to the new Vantage.
It's been nearly 18 months since the new Aston Martin Vantage debuted, and yet it still isn't available with a manual gearbox. The only transmission available is an eight-speed automatic. Last April, Aston Martin told us the V8-powered sports car will eventually be offered with an old-school manual transmission.
One year later, the wait is nearly over. Aston Martin has confirmed a new AMR version of the new Vantage is coming soon, with a teaser image showing three pedals. This obviously suggests it will finally be offered with a manual transmission to keep purists happy.
Specific details are being kept under wraps for now, but the teaser suggests an official reveal is imminent. The previous V12 Vantage S utilized a seven-speed manual transmission, so there's a good chance the new Vantage will offer the same setup. This will also be the first time the AMG-sourced V8 engine has been mated to a manual gearbox, which would have presented many challenges for Aston Martin's engineers. It will likely have required a significant redesign for the interior since the automatic Vantage has a column-mounted gear selector borrowed from Mercedes.
Going by Aston Martin's other AMR offerings like the DB11 AMR and Rapide AMR, the new driver-focused version of the new Vantage should also get more aggressive styling, some chassis tweaks, and a bespoke interior.
The new Vantage AMR will also retain the standard model's Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, but the power output could get a small increase. In the current Vantage, AMG's V8 pumps out 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph takes 3.5 seconds before the Vantage tops out at 195 mph. While we're pleased to see the new Vantage finally get a manual transmission, don't get your hopes up for a V12 version.