Aston Martin is ditching the manual gearbox sooner than you may think
It's a sad time, but perhaps it's time to say goodbye to it.
Aston Martin is one of those brands which are always striving to produce the best they can possibly make. They never seem to miss a beat and always focus on producing epic driver's cars. Something which tends to appear alongside driver's cars are manual gearboxes, but it looks like this is all about to change.
At a recent press event in Australia, Aston Martin chief executive Tobias Moers hinted at the end of the manual in the Vantage which could be dropped as soon as in the next facelift.
When asked about the future of the manual's future, Moers simply said: “No [we are not committed to the manual gearbox]. To be honest, it was not a good journey. We did a few assessments about that car and you don’t need it anymore. And you have to maintain it with the new regulations, year-by-year with the emissions because it’s a bespoke powertrain. It makes no sense."
He continued to say there just aren't enough enthusiasts out there who want a manual gearbox anymore which is why it looks like Aston Martin will stop putting it in their cars.
However, Aston Martin did re-introduce a six-speed manual to the Vantage not too long ago with the AMR variant and then started offering it with the regular Vantage, but not for much lonher. Former chief executive, Andy Palmer wanted Aston Martin to be the last sports car manufacturer to offer a manual, but it looks this part of his legacy didn't live on.