Hankering for a brand-spanking new British sports with a stick? Have a couple of hundred grand to spend to scratch the itch? Then you’ll be very pleased to know that the Aston Vantage AMR will soon see delivery—although only in a production run of 200. Here’s hoping your Aston Martin dealer likes you.
The track-oriented AMR will be street legal, so don’t let the racing livery of the example used in the photo shoot bewilder you. This Vantage is designed to be track-ready, but it’s also designed to be a thrilling road car.
Ergo, the 4L V8 biturbo is situated deep in the Vantage AMR, and weight reduction took a priority; the 503 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque the engine is capable of producing is put to best use in a balanced, lighter-weight design with a distinct performance sensibility. The seven-speed manual will be available in early 2020, and will be the most appealing way to send the power to the wheels for most drivers, despite a slight dip in torque production.
The Vantage AMR also features a limited-slip differential, and AMSHIFT, which we first saw in the Vantage S manual; AMSHIFT allows for full-throttled upshifts, and uses a complex system of transmission sensors and programming to mimic heel-toe downshifts, giving the manual a more acutely responsive performance profile.
Those wanting an eight-speed automatic Vantage AMR need only wait until the end of the year, but they’ll have to have at least $180K in their pocket to drive off the lot. As for the green-on-green livery—which Aston is calling Vantage ’59—well, that’ll be only available on the last 59 examples, available in early 2020, and will raise the sticker price to $205K.