Aston Martin Vantage gets the AMR Treatment
AMR produces high-performance variants of Aston Martin’s supercars.
Launched on May 1, the Aston Martin Vantage has been given an extra dose of excitement with the addition of a third pedal and manual transmission. The result? Vantage AMR. The announcement was made ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season, with Aston Martin promising to deliver a product with the involvement and driver engagement that only a manual can offer. Now, the Aston Martin Vantage AMR gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 510 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to a 7-speed manual gearbox.
The supercar sprints from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and achieves a top-speed of 195 mph. The Vantage AMR also gets carbon-ceramic brakes and Pirelli P-Zero tires. Additionally, it is more than 200 pounds lighter than the standard Vantage supercar.
For reference, the latter also gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. But that engine produces 510 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque and it is paired to an automatic gearbox. The standard Vantage accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has the same top-speed as the Vantage AMR. Aston Martin buys its V8 engines from Mercedes. The latter’s parent company, Daimler, has an equity stake in the British marque.
Nevertheless, Aston Martin will produce 200 units of the Vantage AMR. Of those, 59 units (Vantage 59) will feature a Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint (as shown in the pictures). “[These] 59 will be crafted in celebration of the 60th anniversary since Aston Martin’s triumphant 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with DBR1,” Aston Martin writes in its press release.
The Vantage 59 has a price of $204,995. Meanwhile, the standard Vantage AMR has a price of $179,995. The deliveries of these models will start in Q4 2019.
“In a world of autonomous robo-taxis, Aston Martin will continue to advance the art and science of performance driving,” says Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO. “With the Vantage AMR, we have created a thoroughly modern sports car that rewards effort and focus from the driver; the antidote to driving a computer game.
Meanwhile, Aston Martin has also announced that the standard Vantage will be available with a manual gearbox from Q1 2020. In all likelihood, that model will be cheaper than the Vantage AMR.