Once upon a time not too long ago, sports cars and manual gearboxes were synonymous. Nowadays, it's getting harder and harder to find a high-end performance car with a stick shift as most automakers are opting for dual clutch or automated manual transmissions.
Aston Martin's Vantage V8 S, which is the more focused and slightly more powerful at 430hp (436PS) sibling of the regular V8 model, is one such example as it is available exclusively with the English brand's Sportshift II 7sp automated manual transmission.
At least it was up until now, as Aston Martin has announced a new special edition version of the Vantage V8S called the SP10, created as part of its centenary celebrations and inspired by its motorsport activities in the GT4 racing series. While keeping the same 430hp V8 engine, it is offered with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional automatic.
Available in both coupe and roadster body styles, the SP10 will be sold exclusively in Continental Europe – meaning the UK will miss out on this special edition model.
The SP10 is finished in a Ceramic Grey Metallic (the Roadster gets a Titan Grey top), and features unique 19-inch cast alloy rims, black brake calipers, a front splitter, carbon rear diffuser and clear rear lamps
Black is the dominant color in the cabin, which is dressed in a combination of leather and Alcantara with contrast silver stitching, and also gains a center console in Piano Black.
Standard features include a 750W 'Premium Audio Sound System', electrically operated seats, satellite navigation, cruise control and Bluetooth telephone preparation.