The upcoming mid-engine Aston Martin Vanquish is likely to possess and be sold with a manual transmission. In an interview to Car Sales, Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer was asked if the new vanquish would get stick shift. While answering the question, he didn’t give an affirmative “yes”, but it gave a strong hint that he is eager to see manual as an option. Andy said that he has already made commitment regarding being a last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports car and he wants to honor that commitment.
In recent times, we have seen many high-performance vehicles moving away from manual transmission in their pursuit of quicker acceleration and faster lap times. Previous generation Aston Martin Vanquish was sold exclusively with six-speed automatic transmission in its early years. However, from the year 2014 onwards, an eight-speed auto became as default transmission. Some may find it obsolete and weird to include manual transmission on a car such as Vanquish. Aston Martin have already confirmed that new Vanquish will be faster and driver focused than any other previous iterations.
If Aston Martin does decide to go with stick shift, will give it a stiff competition against the likes of McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo that are dual-clutch only. When Andy was further asked if new Valhalla hypercar could be sold with manual transmission, he gave an affirmative answer and stated that it will come with paddleshift transmission. Aston Martin Vanquish will incorporate aluminum platform and a twin-turbocharged V6 with a small electric motor. No official performance figure has been as of yet but is expected to being region of 800hp.