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New Aston Martin Vantage Prices and Specifications

Alex Misoyannis | Jul, 25 2018 | 0 Comments

Aston Martin will offer a manual transmission for the new Vantage in 2019. 

Vantage chief engineer Matt Becker confirmed the news to US publication Road & Track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The incorporation of a manual into the Vantage range was first confirmed back in March 2016. Aston chief executive Andy Palmer has shown his support for manual transmissions, saying “I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer a manual sports car”. Since the new Vantage’s official debut in November 2017, enthusiasts have been patiently awaiting the arrival of a manual model – however, its development is taking longer than expected.

As the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet has only ever been paired to automatic transmissions, new hardware and software needs to be developed for Aston Martin's sports car.

Aston Martin will join Porsche as one of the few remaining brands to offer a manual transmission - Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati all shifted to automatic line-ups years ago.

More Vantage variants are on the way. Becker claims the standard Vantage “is the starting point”, and Aston Martin “can go more extreme with it for sure”. These new versions are set to include a high-performance ‘AMR’ model, with an higher-output version of the 4.0-litre AMG V8 which produces up to 450kW and 900Nm in the Mercedes-AMG S63 flagship.

The manual-equipped Vantage will be revealed "this time next year" according to Becker. Eight-speed automatic models land in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of 2018, suggesting the three-pedal variant should touch down by 2020.

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