Stick shifts are a dying breed, and that’s an unfortunate thing. Certainly, automatics are simpler and easier to drive, but the connection between driver and car is solidified with a manual gearbox—at least luxury automobile maker Aston Martin seems to think so. The UK-based manufacturer is putting a manual gearbox in a limited edition run of their Vantage AMR.
The Vantage AMR boasts a powerful 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that can go from 0 to 100 in just 3.6 seconds and tops out at 195 miles per hour. The engine offers a belt-tightening 435 horsepower with 346 lb-ft of torque. All of that managed by a motorsport-inspired seven-speed “dog leg” transmission. The term “dog leg” comes from the layout of the gears. The shifting between first and second gear is accomplished by an up-over-up shift and is called a dog leg because, well, it looks like a dog’s hind leg.
The choice to go with a manual gearbox was purposeful, as Aston Martin wanted to engage the driver more fully with a focused driving experience. Using AMSHIFT, the Vantage provides a smooth ride with only minimal interruption in acceleration. The limited slip differential adds to the pure joy of the drive.