New Aston Martin Vanquish Goes Against The Tide, Will Offer Manual ‘Box

The new mid-engine Aston Martin Vanquish looks likely to be sold with a manual transmission.

While speaking with Car Sales, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer was asked whether the new Vanquish would get a stick-shift. While he didn’t specifically say ‘yes’, it seems as though he wants to see the option of a manual.

“I’ve already made a commitment that I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars and I want to honour that commitment,” Palmer said.

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High-performance cars have been moving away from manual transmissions in recent years in the pursuit of quicker acceleration and faster lap times. The previous-generation Aston Martin Vanquish was sold exclusively with a 6-speed automatic in its early years, though from 2014 onwards an 8-speed auto became the default transmission.

While it may seem a little odd to introduce a stick shift on a car like the Vanquish, Aston Martin has made no secret of the fact that the new Vanquish will be much faster and more driver-focused than previous iterations. Offering the vehicle with a stick-shift would also make it stand out against rivals such as the McLaren 720S and Ferrari F8 Tributo that are dual-clutch only.

That’s about as high as manuals will go, though: when Palmer was quizzed about whether the Valhalla hypercar could also be sold with a manual, he responded that “no, now that car will only come with a paddleshift transmission.”

The new Vanquish will utilize an aluminum platform and a twin-turbocharged V6 with a small electric motor, and while the company hasn’t said how much grunt it will have, something in the vicinity of 800 HP or so seems quite reasonable.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Will believe it when we see it in the DB11 & Vantage- first!

  • STEFAN LAUGENIE

    This car would look so much better without this floating-roof crap…..
    One paint color, from nose to tail, simplicity, elegance, no bullshit.
    Please.

  • I wonder if JLR is asking themselves why on earth they killed the CX75 when you see all those cars coming out and came out these last few years.

    • Tabs Luther

      Seriously! That car was so ahead of its time. It could come out now.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Agreed! I still wonder WHY some of these car companies don’t see the light. CX75 is the electric halo car Jaguar *NEEDS* right now. Heck, build 75 of them and all will be sold in no time. 778hp for crying out loud!

    • Vassilis

      I think lack of money is the answer.

      • yes but the project was almost ready for production, they were in the last stages of testing. Not sure using the only working pre production car in a Bond movie was as effective as selling the car from a marketting point of view. P1, LaFerrari and 918 came out years ago, people still talk about them. Jaguar has no car as good or fast as the Germans (or as luxurious). Sure all fast enough, but the numbers make them forgettable in the fights unlike Alfa Romeo who managed to make a sedan and SUV making people dream. Most of people I know that could afford a Jaguar don’t even consider the brand, it’s sad. If they heard of the brand by a halo car, they would look at the brand. The CX75 could have been the modern hypercar to tell the world, “we know how to make cars go fast”. Jaguar needed a modern halo car. Even the Veyron and Chiron are good for VW, yet they don’t share the badge. People who buy a URUS would mostly never buy an Aventador, yet it’s the Aventador they want to relate to.

        • Vassilis

          I get what you mean. To be honest, the CX75 I wanted was the original concept of the car with the turbines acting as generators. Fitting it with the well known 5.0 V8 wouldn’t have been as cool. Better than nothing of course but still…

          • yeah but Turbines where never going to happen. so…

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