Complete with a seven-speed manual.
Aston Martin has been on a roll lately and its latest reveal is further proof. Meet the new Vantage AMR, a manual-equipped, limited-edition coupe that's making its debut at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, where the British marque competes with the Vantage GTE. And when we say "limited edition", we mean just 200 planned examples, 59 of which will have special "Vantage 59" features.
Like the regular Vantage, the Vantage AMR is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 rated at 503 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is a claimed 195 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. Compared to the base Vantage, the AMR's specs are slightly down. Why? Because of its Graziano-developed seven-speed manual transmission - complete with dog-leg first gear - that replaces the automatic box.
On the flip side, the elimination of the ZF-sourced slushbox significantly reduces weight. Aston Martin also switched to standard carbon ceramic brakes to further help with the AMR's weight loss of 209 pounds. Impressively, Aston Martin claims the AMR still retains a 50:50 weight distribution.
Other features on the AMR include a limited-slip differential, adaptive damping featuring Sport, Sport+, and Track modes, and something called AMSHIFT, which is Aston Martin's rev-matching system. To honor 60 years since the DBR1's win at the 1959 245 Hours of Le Mans, all Vantage 59 examples will have Stirling Green and Lime exteriors, while the remaining 141 Vantage AMRs can be had in Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey, or White Stone.
The interior is done in Dark Knight leather, Lime accents, and Alcantara trim. But what if you're unable to snag a Vantage AMR before all 200 examples are sold and you still desire that manual?
Relax, because once these limited editions get sold Aston Martin will offer the seven-speed manual as an option on the regular Vantage beginning next year. Breathe easy now. If you're still clamoring for one of these AMRs, however, you'd better act fast because sales are already underway. Prices in the US start at $184,995, and those who desire a Vantage 59 are being asked to write a check for $209,995. Customer deliveries will begin later this year.