Mercedes and their AMG division are set on keeping with the 9-speed Speedshift automatic transmission connected to the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 but Aston don’t quite have the same mindset around this.
The British engineers have been tasked with being the first to mate a manual gearbox to the AMG-sourced V8 engine of the new Vantage, producing a more involving car that’s due out in 2019.
Buyers of the manual version will likely sacrifice some outright performance but that is not what they are after. They want a more engaging drive and what better way than tinkering away with three pedals and a stick connected to a 500 hp V8.
The manual gearbox was important to the previous-generation Vantage because it helped to produce that car’s halo models, which culminated with the V12 Vantage S. and a V12 version of the latest Vantage is not completely off the cards.