Aston Martin’s new Vantage has been given an extra dose of oomph with the addition of a third pedal and manual transmission.
And the result? The limited-edition Vantage AMR.
Revealed ahead of the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season – in which Aston Martin competes with the Vantage GTE – the Vantage AMR comes equipped with a “motorsport-inspired” 7-speed transmission that features a ‘dog-leg’ first gear.
Developed by Graziano, the transmission is mated to a limited-slip differential that has been tweaked by the engineering team at Aston Martin Racing. It is further combined with Aston Martin’s AMSHIFT system, which is claimed to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts, allowing smoother deceleration and cornering while braking and changing gear.
In contrast to the standard Vantage, the AMR also gets carbon ceramic brakes fitted as standard, which assists in removing 95 kg of weight.
Under the hood, it has the same 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the regular model. However, as a result of having a manual gearbox, performance figures are slightly altered.
While bhp remains the same, namely 503 bhp, torque is down to 461 lb-ft at 2000-5000 rpm, thus resulting in time differences for the 0-60 mph stretch; 3.9 seconds in the AMR compared to 3.5 seconds in the regular automatic. Top speed remains the same for both cars at a restricted 195 mph.
“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,” says company CEO, Andy Palmer.
The AMR will be strictly limited to just 200 units.