Aston Martin have revealed new Vantage AMR as first variant for Vantage family. It will be sold with manual transmission only. With respect to powertrain, Aston Martin Vantage AMR will use the same as the new Vantage. Hence, it will be twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 503 horsepower and 625Nm of torque. Aston Martin Vantage AMR has perfect 50:50 weight distribution because the engine is mounted low and far back in the chassis. Price of Aston Martin Vantage AMR starts from £149,995 in UK, $179,995 in US and €184,995 in Germany. Following the sale of Vantage AMR, standard Vantage with manual transmission will be offered as an option from first quarter of 2020.
The major difference with Vantage AMR and regular model is the former comes with motorsport inspired seven-speed manual transmission from Graziano. The gearbox features a dog-leg first gear with second to seventh gears in a traditional double H-pattern configuration. Transmission is mated with limited-slip differential that powers the rear wheels. Under ideal conditions, Aston Martin Vantage AMR is able to accelerate 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds before hitting the top speed of 195 mph. The sports car’s gearbox is fitted with AMSHIFT. The system uses clutch, gear position, and prop shaft sensors offers smooth head-and-toe downshifts. Another advantage of AMSHIFT is it enables drivers to change through gears at full speed without keeping feet off the accelerator pedal.
Apart from manual gearbox, the sports car also benefits from carbon fiber ceramic brakes which comes as standard. It helps in saving around 95kg over standard Vantage models. Vantage AMR also benefits from company’s latest Skyhook adaptive damping system which includes Sport, Sport+, and Track models. Only 200 units of Aston Martin Vantage AMR will be made. Of these 141 can be obtained in either Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey, or White Stone. Remaining 59 will be dubbed as ‘Vantage 59’ models and celebrates their 60th anniversary win at 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. These models will come with a Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme.