It’s the first manual Vantage since the old V12 Vantage S.
If you enjoy rowing your own gears, here is a reveal that will perk you up. Aston Martin will reveal a manual version of its new Vantage — called the Vantage AMR — next week.
Under its Aston Martin Racing unit, the company teased this image of the Vantage AMR. Happily, there is a clutch pedal there, a nod to those of us who constantly mourn its demise, especially in high-performance cars. It will be the first manual Aston Martin since the old V12 Vantage S and its seven-speed gearbox left production last year. At launch, the new Vantage came with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Like the automatic version, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR will pair up to Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The M177 engine puts out 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque in the normal Vantage. At this point, it’s unclear how much the performance figures may change in the AMR version. This will be the first time the engine has paired up to a manual transmission.