The British ultra-luxury sports car manufacturer has recently made an interesting promise – be the last one to offer a manual transmission.
Aston Martin’s alleged promise comes with the title for “as long as possible” and this could also be due to chief executive officer’s Andy Palmer hinting he is not a supporter of dual-clutch gearboxes because of the added heft and complexity issues. He recently commented the situation during an interview where he also made official the company’s plans to deliver a seven-model roster. After the replacement of DB10 with the all new DB11 the upcoming model in line for a new generation is the V8 Vantage which is supposed to come out next year. This is also the first model to bear the fruits of the collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG, sporting the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine – with the executive also hinting the borrowed powertrain could also reach other models in the future.
Aston Martin will then follow with the release of the Vanquish successor that is due to come out in 2018. The it will be all out in the fighting pits inside the crossover segment because Aston will have by 2020 ready the production version of the DBX concept. Aside from these, Aston is apparently ready to also deliver another three models – one of them will most likely be a fresh iteration of the Lagonda limited series flagship salon – and another should be an all new Rapide four door coupe. And additionally reports are claiming the hypercar they have planned with Red Bull will not be counted inside the seven-roster model line because it will only be spawned in 99 units.