Aston Martin Vanquish to get manual transmission

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Words: Nile Bijoux
1 Jul 2019

The upcoming Vanquish will come with a manual transmission, says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

Palmer said in a recent overseas interview that he wants to be the “last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars,” confirming the Vanquish will come with three pedals.

It’s unconfirmed what gearbox it will end up being but an easy bet is the seven-speed dogleg unit from the Vantage AMR. That transmission has a motorsport-inspired shift pattern where first gear takes the place of reverse on a typical manual setup. This frees up the most-used gears to be put in a more accessible place, meaning second and third are in a line, as are fourth and fifth and sixth and seventh.

Aston will also include a switchable AMSHIFT system that automatically blips the throttle on downshifts, mimicking a heel-toe manoeuvre. The tech will also let the driver perform full-throttle, no-lift upshifts without blowing up the mechanicals.

Speaking of, the new Vanquish should arrive in 2022 with a biturbo hybrid V6 producing around 530kW. A high-performance AMR version should follow, as will a droptop Volante.

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