We’ve been told that the Aston Martin Vantage would be getting a manual transmission since before the new generation even debuted in late 2017, and it looks like it’s finally happening. Aston posted a teaser image online that shows three pedals, with the clutch colored in lime green.
The teaser also shows the AMR logo, which is Aston’s recently created performance sub-brand, hinting that the manual transmission will be found in a new Vantage AMR model. (Well, more than a hint, as the hashtag #VantageAMR confirms it.)
The Vantage uses a version of Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which in AMG applications is paired only with an automatic transmission. Aston thus had to engineer a manual to fit all on its own, explaining why it has taken a few years. The gearbox will likely be the same dogleg seven-speed unit used in the previous-gen V12 Vantage S.
Expect the AMR to also get a number of styling tweaks, chief among them lime-green accents—an AMR signature. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some chassis upgrades and a bit more power, too. The existing AMR models are pitched as the highest-performance versions of Aston’s cars, so this Vantage should be no different.
We don’t yet know if the Vantage AMR will be a limited-run car like the Rapide AMR and the previous Vantage AMR, or if it will be a regular production model like the new DB11 AMR. It’s also possible the AMR will still be available with the standard Vantage’s eight-speed automatic as an option. We should be finding out all the details in the very near future, as Aston says the Vantage AMR is “coming soon.”