“In a world of autonomous robo-taxis, Aston Martin will continue to advance the art and science of performance driving.”Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO, Aston Martin
“When I joined this company, customers asked and, as a gearbox engineer and racer, I promised that we would always offer a manual transmission in our line-up,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s President and Group CEO. “The Vantage AMR not only honours that commitment but sets us apart from our competitors in continuing to offer a three-pedal option. In a world of autonomous robo-taxis, Aston Martin will continue to advance the art and science of performance driving. With the Vantage AMR, we have created a thoroughly modern sports car that rewards effort and focus from the driver; the antidote to driving a computer game. With the Vantage GTE set to race again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, I hope that those customers who are lucky enough to take ownership of a Vantage 59, will have even more reason to celebrate with their new car”.
The Vantage AMR’s transmission is mated to a limited-slip differential, tuned and calibrated by Aston Martin’s leading dynamics team, headed by Chief Engineer Matt Becker, from the team’s base at Silverstone Race Circuit. Vantage AMR’s manual transmission also features AMSHIFT. The system, which is driver selectable, uses clutch, gear position and prop shaft sensors, with an engine management program to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts; the act of blipping the throttle while braking and changing gear to allow smoother deceleration and cornering as a result. AMSHIFT also offers the capability of full-throttle upshifts for maximum smoothness and minimal interruption in acceleration.
Removing the automatic transmission and including carbon ceramic brakes as standard creates a purer driver experience and assists in removing 95 kg of weight. Known for its handling prowess already, Vantage AMR pushes the boundaries further and continues to exploit Aston Martin’s latest adaptive damping system incorporating Skyhook technology – with Sport, Sport + and Track modes – to ensure the car’s character can be tuned to the driver’s preference or road conditions.
The Vantage AMR is priced from £149,995 in the UK, €184,995 in Germany and $179,995 in the USA. The ‘Vantage 59’ is priced from £164,995 in the UK, €209,995 in Germany and $204,995 in the US. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the final quarter of 2019.