The Aston Martin Vantage AMR special edition is the first of the Second-Century Aston Martin models to offer a manual gearbox. The addition of a third pedal and manual transmission puts you in total control for a more exhilarating and engaging drive experience that is sure to delight passionate driving enthusiasts.
The new Aston Martin Vantage AMR retains the potent 503bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 but swaps the eight-speed automatic transmission for an advanced seven-speed Graziano-developed manual gearbox. The engine is still set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
The exquisitely finished hand-stitched leather-clad gearstick has a race-inspired dog-leg first gear setup. This ensures that the more frequently used gears, two to seven, are in the traditional double-H configuration for ease of use.
The manual transmission is mated to a slip-differential which has been finely tuned and calibrated by the chief engineer of Aston Martin’s leading dynamics team, Matt Becker. The Vantage AMR manual is also offered with Aston Martin’s AMSHIFT system which can automatically blip the throttle on downshifts to match the engine revs to road speed for more seamless gear changes.
Swapping to a manual gearbox does impact torque, which drops to 416lb ft at 2,000-5,000rpm. However, the overall weight of the manual Vanatge AMR is reduced by 95kg compared to the standard Vantage, so it is still capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, a mere 0.4 seconds lower than when mated to the automatic. On top of this, it still retains an impressive top speed of 195mph.
The Vantage AMR will also feature Aston Martin’s latest version of Skyhook adaptive damping with three modes, but the rest of the chassis remains unchanged from the standard model.
As has been the case for many recent Aston Martin models, the Vantage AMR will be a limited edition model with just 200 units produced, of which the final 59 examples will be a special ‘Vantage 59’ editions.
These cars will feature a distinctive green and lime livery, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the one-two finish by David Brown Racing Aston Martin DBR1, in 1959, at the Le Mans 24 hours race. The special edition '59 model' will also feature a plush leather and Alcantara interior and unique trim details.
Initially, the manual transmission will only be available on the limited-run Vantage AMR, which is set to be delivered in the final quarter of the year. However, the manual transmission will be offered as an option on standard Vantage models from 2020.