ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE AMR

2019-05-06

AMR versions come first, but a seven-speed stick will be offered in all Vantages soon

Aston Martin is giving its splendid V8 Vantage the AMR — Aston Martin Racing, that is — treatment for 2020. It’s lighter than the standard Vantage by about 200 pounds and will get a limited run of 200 cars. An even more exclusive Vantage 59 spec will be even more limited at just 59 cars.

The Vantage 59 was made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the company’s 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with the DBR1. It comes only in one color combo, Stirling green and lime with a dark interior. The remaining 141 cars are offered in Aston’s version of blue, black, gray and white.

That Graziano-built seven-speed manual has a dog-leg first gear, meaning 1 is down and to the left. Second through seventh are then in a double-H pattern. It features both rev matching (which Aston calls AMSHIFT) and a limited-slip differential out back.

WANT MERCEDES’ 4.0-LITER V8 WITH A MANUAL?

Here the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 503 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 195 mph. The AMRs are shod with 20-inch staggered Pirelli P Zero tires.

The Aston Martin Vantage AMR comes standard with adaptive damping and drive modes, which can be adjusted independently of each other.

The Vantage AMR is on sale now with a price of $179,995. The Vantage 59 is also on sale now for $204,995. The company says once the limited runs are sold out, it will continue to feature a manual gearbox on the base 2020 Aston Martin Vantage. Deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year.