Aston will revive its racing-inspired special with a manual gearbox, expected to be shown in the coming days

Aston Martin has previewed a new manual gearbox ‘AMR’ variant of the latest Vantage sports car, set to be revealed within the next week. 

AMR, which, unsurprisingly, stands for Aston Martin Racing, is a badge that has been used on a number of special edition Astons in the last few years, and is currently used on a more driver-focused version of the DB11 and a run-out special of the Rapide.

In keeping with the theme of driving engagement, the Vantage AMR will see the return of a manual gearbox to the brand for the first time since the previous-generation model in 2017.  

In recent years Aston has used a six-speed manual ‘box in certain models, but the V12 Vantage S was fitted with a seven-speed manual towards the end of its life, making use of a motorsport-inspired dog-leg first gear layout. That allowed the top six gears to remain in the traditional ‘H’ pattern that most drivers are familiar with. 

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It’s not clear yet whether the new manual Vantage will revive this format, but it’s a strong possibility. Porsche offers a seven-speed manual transmission on its 911 Carrera, a close rival to Aston’s sports car.

The AMR will continue to retain the Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which might receive a small power boost. Expect styling tweaks, bespoke interior trim and perhaps some subtle chassis revisions, too. 

Previous AMR models have been available on a limited production run with a significant price increase, and that’s likely to be the case with the new car. Expect more details to emerge in the coming days. 

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26 April 2019
That is intensely good news.

27 April 2019
eseaton wrote:

That is intensely good news.

Oh yes.

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26 April 2019

It is great news. But, I hope the manual 'box will also be available in the standard Vantage -- shouldn't have to get the AMR version to get a manual. That said, for me, the off-the-shelf AMG engine remains a deal-breaker -- great engine, but an Aston should have an Aston engine. I'm very happy to see that Aston is developing their own next engine -- the V6 destined for the coming mid-engined cars. I do have mixed feelings about mid-engined Astons. For me, an Aston is a front-engined sports-GT. Valkyrie is a different story, as an outrageous ultimate thing, it can be anything. A V6 isn't my favorite engine layout, but I'd take Aston's own V6 over someone else's V8. I hope the V6 doesn't mean the end of the V12, though.

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