A truly dynamic and sporting car, Vantage forms the basis of Aston Martin’s finest racing machine. Now, with the arrival of Vantage AMR, customers can also enjoy that same vivid and engaging driving experience, thanks to a seven-speed manual transmission. Launched at the penultimate round of 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps — a race that saw the #97 New Vantage GTE race car take its second win of the FIA WEC Super Season in the capable hands of Maxime Martin (BEL) and Alex Lynn (GB) — just 200 examples of the road-going Vantage AMR will be built.

Vantage forms the basis of Aston Martin's finest racing machine

Vantage forms the basis of Aston Martin's finest racing machine

Taking its inspiration from classic motorsports setups, the manual transmission was developed in collaboration with Graziano. The seven gears are shifted with a hand-stitched, leather-clad gearstick arranged with a “dog-leg” first gear. This allows the second through seventh gears — the most frequently used — to be arranged in the classic double-H configuration. Vantage AMR features carbon ceramic brakes as standard, as well as a limited-slip differential, giving levels of fine control and engagement that will reward the dedicated driver. Throughout the car’s development process, Aston Martin’s dynamic team, led by Chief Engineer Matt Becker, has honed the Vantage AMR’s dynamic response and mechanical calibrations from its base at Silverstone Race Circuit.

Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard

Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard

An additional feature of Vantage AMR’s transmission is AMSHIFT, a driver selectable system that emulates the racing technique of heel-and-toe downshifts, deploying a light touch of throttle as one brakes and shifts gear, enabling smoother deceleration and cornering. Thanks to AMSHIFT, Vantage AMR is also able to do full-throttle upshifts for smooth, uninterrupted acceleration.

There’s another benefit to the new gearbox and carbon brakes: weight saving. At 95kg under the weight of a standard Vantage, the manual car delivers a maximum speed of 195mph and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds. With the acclaimed 4.0-litre, 510PS twin-turbo V8 engine at its heart, Vantage AMR is a true enthusiast’s machine. The Skyhook adaptive damping system offers Sport, Sport+ and Track modes, giving Vantage AMR a wide range of character and uncompromised ability.

The seven gears are shifted with a hand-stitched, leather-clad gearstick

The seven gears are shifted with a hand-stitched, leather-clad gearstick

The 200 models are available in five designer specifications.141 cars will be finished in either Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey or White Stone, while the final 59 cars will be crafted in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Aston Martin DBR1’s triumphant victory in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

At 95kg under the weight of a standard Vantage, the manual car delivers a maximum speed of 195mph and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds

Named “Vantage 59”, this specification includes the signature AMR Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme paired with a Dark Knight leather and Alcantara interior, finished with the AMR lime stripe and stitch.

The "Vantage 59" includes the signature AMR Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme paired with a Dark Knight leather and Alcantara interior

The "Vantage 59" has the signature AMR Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme

Once the strictly limited run of Vantage AMR models launches, a manual gearbox option will join the Vantage line-up from Q1 2020, honouring Aston Martin’s President and CEO Andy Palmer’s promise to retain a manual gearbox in the company’s line-up. “The Vantage AMR is a thoroughly modern sports car,” he says, “a machine that rewards effort and focus from the driver."

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