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News 2019 Aston Martin Vantage with an AMG V8

2019 Aston Martin Vantage with an AMG V8

While it’s not unusual for AMG to supply their hand-assembled masterpieces to other carmakers (Pagani, for example), what is different is that Aston Martin will be fitting a manual gearbox to one.

AMG’s not offered a do-it-yourself transmission with its engines in nearly a decade so even if Aston Martin’s always planned to offer the new Vantage with a manual, it wasn’t going to be sourced from AMG. The Brits will have to figure out how to make the boosted 4.0-litre V8 work with three pedals and possibly up to seven forward gear and a gate. AMG does supply a 7-speed slushbox with the V8 however Aston Martin has decided to go with a ZF-sourced 8-speed auto.

The Vantage will make due with 503-horsepower and 505 lb.-ft. of torque but ultimately, the manual version will probably be slower than the automatic. Finally, although the new Vantage was designed to accommodate a V12, it’s not likely to be offered any time soon.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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