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AMB 001: Aston Martin has made a motorcycle

Aston Martin AMB 001 bike

Aston Martin has revealed the AMB 001 – the British marque’s first motorbike. It’s a collaboration with longstanding bike manufacturer, Brough Superior, and ‘heralds the first chapter of an exciting new partnership’. 

Just 100 examples of the track-only AMB 001 will be produced, combining boutique Aston Martin style with Brough engineering prowess.

Indeed, the bike is a thing of beauty, taking inspiration from Aston’s forthcoming range of mid-engined sports cars. It has nine-micron-thick wings like the Valkyrie, for example. A carbon frame shows off the exposed engine.

Aston Martin AMB 001 bike

Even the side strakes of Aston road cars are mimicked in the prominent line down the centre of the bike. It’s very ‘art meets engineering’.

The AMB 001 uses a V-twin turbocharged engine that produces 180hp. Weighing just 180kg, that gives a one-to-one horsepower per kilogram ratio, also like the Valkyrie.

It will be built at Brough’s factory in Toulouse, France, and will cost £93,000. 

Aston Martin AMB 001 bike

“This is what we believe a cutting-edge motorcycle should be and we are very proud to see the Aston Martin wings on a motorcycle for the first time,” said Aston Martin chief creative officer, Marek Reichman.

“In addition to applying the skills we have developed for cars such as the ground breaking Aston Martin Valkyrie, we have also been able to bring our special expertise in the traditional craft techniques to this project. The finished product is a truly beautiful motorcycle; a design and engineering work of art.”

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You could own Sir Elton John’s Aston Martin DB7

Elton John Aston Martin DB7

An Aston Martin DB7 first registered to Sir Elton John is for sale on Auto Trader. It could be yours for £34,990.

A 1996 Volante convertible, this DB7 boasts a 3.2-litre supercharged straight-six and manual transmission. We wonder if Sir Elton opted to trade up for a V12-powered DB7 Vantage in the years following?

Elton John Aston Martin DB7

The car is metallic Toro Red with a magnolia interior and a black roof, plus walnut wood highlights and cherry red carpeting on the inside.

The manual transmission makes it very rare indeed, over and above its pop star provenance. Just 66 manual DB7 Volantes were made in this specification.

As for condition? It appears to want for nothing, with a comprehensively stamped history book. The car has had plenty of attention from Aston Martin Works and various specialists, and comes with a large file of receipts documenting work. That’s a good job, too, given that it’s a relatively high-mileage car, with 79,000 miles on the clock. 

Elton John Aston Martin DB7

For a 27-year-old, it comes very well equipped. The fabric roof is electric and there’s air conditioning, cruise control and electric seats. Don’t expect Bluetooth or an aux cable for Apple CarPlay, though. This Aston is firmly from the cassette era.

Is the DB7 priced at a premium because of its celebrity history? Not especially. Some lower-mileage examples that come without a famous name on the V5 are priced higher. The car is available from Baker Brothers in Cobham.

Elton John Aston Martin DB7

£6 million Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato has the Midas touch

Aston Martin Zagato

Aston Martin has revealed the new DBS Zagato in finished form at the Audrain’s Newport Concours on Rhode Island. It joins the DB4 GT Zagato continuation in the marque’s DBZ Centenary Collection, which celebrates 100 years of the Zagato design house.

With more than 760 horsepower from its twin-turbo 5.2-V12 – a healthy boost from the ‘standard’ DBS Superleggera – the DBS GT Zagato offers more than just unique styling. 

We wonder if a perhaps a higher-spec version of the DBS is on the way, sharing the Zagato’s power upgrade. Still, ‘DBS S’ doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like Vanquish S did…

Never mind the performance, though: a Zagato is about style. And now we can drink in the details.

The Midas touch

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A large number of those details happen to be 18-carat gold, including the side strakes, badges, parts of the wheels and trimmings in the interior. The whole thing is a piece of jewellery.

Even the black anodised active front grille looks like a DBS that has collided with a Gothic chandelier. If gold sounds a little old-world, consider the world-first 3D-printed carbon and metal cabin finishes. Other changes include the distinctive Zagato double-bubble roof and new rear lights.

It all adds up to a £6 million entry price for the DBZ Centenary Collection.

Aston Martin’s Q division can take things even further. Entirely bespoke components can be requested by customers, with specific parts, materials and finishes. The potential for customisation using 3D printing is almost limitless.

Aston Martin Zagato

“The design studio at Aston Martin has risen to the task magnificently, working alongside Andrea [Zagato] and his team,” said Aston Martin chief stylist Marek Reichman.

“They have taken the already fabulous DBS Superleggera and shaped it into something that retains its Aston Martin identity, yet expresses itself as only a Zagato can. It is the modern expression of a timeless icon.”

Just 19 DBS GT and DB4 GT continuation DBZ Collection pairs will be built and sold. That will make the DBS GT Zagato one of the rarest Aston Martins of the modern era.

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£2 million Aston Martin hypercar to be auctioned for charity

Aston Martin One-77 charity sale

A rare Aston Martin One-77 is being auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, without reserve, to raise money for a wildlife charity. 

The 7.3-litre V12 hypercar will cross the block at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix auction and all proceeds will go to African Parks, a non-profit organisation.

The car has been donated by Markus Jebsen, chairman of the MF Jebsen Nature Conservation Foundation and Auction4Wildlife. 

Aston Martin One-77 charity sale

The 220mph Aston Martin dates from 2011, has less than 700 miles on the clock and is finished in Black Pearl paint.

Inside, Blue Gin leather is complemented by a carbon ‘waterfall’ on the dashboard and anodised blue accents. This One-77 is right in the middle of the production run, being 38th out of the 77 cars made.

Long before the likes of the mid-engined Valkyrie and Valhalla, the One-77 was the ultimate Aston Martin. The ethos was to take everything to the extreme. That meant a 750hp naturally aspirated V12 and a voluptuous carbon fibre bodywork draped over a carbon chassis.

Examples of the One-77 seldom come up for sale and this as-new car is likely to fetch at least £2 million.

A very modern classic: Ian Callum on his reborn Aston Martin Vanquish

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

Ian Callum is one of the most celebrated car designers of the modern era. His 30-year back catalogue includes the Aston Martin DB7 and Ford Escort Cosworth. He also revitalised Jaguar with a 21st-century sense of style.

Now, Callum is striking out on his own with a new company called… Callum. His first project was to remaster one of his classic designs. Meet the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum.

Modifying a masterpiece

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

The Vanquish is one of Callum’s greatest hits. The original was Aston’s breakout car for the new millennium, first previewed with the Project Vantage concept in 1998. Over the past two decades, it has aged like a fine wine. How does he go about improving on that? 

Well, even the Vanquish had elements elements that Ian wishes could have turned out better. For him, the Vanquish 25 is the facelift the Vanquish always deserved.

Making you look

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

Ian was keen to embrace the indulgent and boutique nature of such a project. Overall, there are 100 changes to the car, all of which come with the blessing of Aston Martin itself. 

The front has a stylish and aerodynamic overhaul, with added carbon fibre. That signature Vanquish grille is accompanied by a new chin spoiler. Flanking that, classic Callum-style vents in carbon seem reminiscent of those on the stillborn Jaguar C-X75 hypercar. 

New 20-inch forged wheels modernise a classic element of the Vanquish. The originals were a favourite of Callum’s, so their design has been updated, rather than replaced. The car sits 10mm lower and has a superb stance. New door mirrors join carbon fibre side strakes, updated sills and one-piece carbon window surrounds.

At the rear, the curvaceous light clusters are now fitted with LEDs, while a larger diffuser houses integrated exhausts. Take a look underneath and Callum has a little treat for you: the words ‘Made you look’ on the underside of this show car’s exhausts.

Customising the cabin

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

If the exterior is timeless, the cabin was a comparative disappointment from day one. It’s here that Callum says the most work needed to be done. Gone are the dull black plastics and cheap buttons, replaced by symmetrical carbon fibre on the centre ‘waterfall’, with up-to-date eight-inch infotainment. And yes, that’s Apple CarPlay you see.

Elements from later Astons are included, and the air vents are carbon strakes instead of plastic. What remains is the steering wheel, albeit re-trimmed in blue leather with a thinner rim. The shift paddles are borrowed from newer Astons, while the lower-set sports seats are trimmed with Callum’s own tartan design. You’ll find the same tartan-effect forged in metal for the bonnet vents, too. No sign of deployable shotguns, though…

The centrepiece for the cabin is the Bremont luxury watch that sits atop the dashboard, where you’d find the Sport Chrono dial in a Porsche. Thankfully, it can be removed when you park. Bremont is also responsible for the new instrument binnacle.

The start of something special

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

Of course, the Vanquish isn’t an automotive oil painting. In period, the driving experience was as muscular as the styling suggests. Vanquish 25 gets stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers and custom springs, along with that lower ride height. The goal is to provide the sharper sporting edge that modern GT buyers expect, while maintaining the comfort of a grand tourer.

With re-designed wheels and newly calibrated suspension, the Vanquish 25 should have a lighter, pointier feel in the bends. And because nobody gets nostalgic about below-par brakes, modern Aston ceramic rotors are fitted – cooled by air ducts at the front.

The V12 was the jewel in the original Vanquish’s crown. No matter how much more accomplished an equivalent Ferrari or Porsche felt at the time, the Aston would win you over as soon as the engine fired. The Vanquish 25’s 5.9-litre V12 gets a 60hp boost, to 580hp. There’s a new carbon induction system and re-tuned exhaust. So don’t worry, that rumbling soundtrack should be preserved.

Lastly, the bane of the original Vanquish: its gearbox. While the Vanquish 25 won’t come with a manual option, you can get a proper six-speed automatic in place of the much-derided automated manual.

Ian Callum’s love letter to his own best work won’t be for everyone, not least because it costs £550,000 (including the donor car). If you hadn’t twigged, 25 is the number of examples they’re going to make. Ian Callum says there are more projects to come, but this seems a promising start. Bring on the reborn Escort Cosworth.


Ian Callum on the Vanquish 25 – Tim Pitt

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

We’re in the grandiose gardens of Hampton Court Palace, surrounded by classic cars at the annual Concours of Elegance event. Less positively, it’s just started drizzling and, by the time of my late-afternoon interview slot, Ian Callum has probably been asked the same questions hundreds of times today.

Not that he’s letting on. Callum’s pride and enthusiasm for the Vanquish 25 are infectious. “It has always been one of my absolute favourite cars,” he says with a smile. “That’s why I bought one.” Ian’s own Vanquish – original spec and painted in a very ‘007’ shade of grey – is parked on a plinth next to the ’25’. “I planned to modify this one for personal use,” he explains, “but David Fairbairn [programme director at Callum’s eponymous new design consultancy] suggested making it our first project.”

Asked to pick his favourite details, Ian cites the deeper front grille graphic (“I never liked the DB7 spotlamps either”) and upswept rear diffuser. “It would have been easy to do something more flamboyant, but that’s not in keeping with what the car’s about.” Interestingly, the Vanquish 25 has gained official approval from Aston Martin: “They respect the fact that I was the original designer and they’ve given it their blessing.”

Vanquish 25 by Callum - Concours of Elegance

Callum hopes to have the first Vanquish delivered by the end of 2019, and the entire 25-car run built within two years. “There’s plenty more we want to get on with,” he says. And while Callum is adamant he doesn’t want to “redesign somebody else’s car,” he says the next project won’t be an Aston. A Jaguar or even a classic Ford, perhaps? “We don’t know yet, but it will be more in-depth, with bespoke bodywork. Eventually, we hope to build a car from scratch.”

As Ian dashes for his next interview, I’m left feeling enthusiastic about the Vanquish 25 too. After all, ‘restomod’ Porsches are commonplace, yet a modified, modernised Aston is something quite different. I’m intrigued to see what Ian does next.


In pictures: Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum

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From Valkyrie to Valhalla: Aston Martin’s hypercars come to life

Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

The reveal of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, formerly known as the AM-RB 001, was met with as much scepticism as it was excitement. Could Aston really make this incredible set of numbers a running, driving, selling reality? 

Three years on from the launch of the AM-RB 001, the Valkyrie is almost ready for both customers and Le Mans. Not only that, there’s yet another Aston hypercar bringing up the rear, with James Bond behind the wheel…

Aston Martin Valkyrie

AM-RB 001 told us exactly what Aston wanted us to know. That it was a collaboration with Red Bull, that F1 design genius Adrian Newey was the brain behind it, and that it was 001 – the first of more to come. 1,000hp, 1,000 kilograms, a naturally-aspirated V12 and track performance to rival the fastest Le Mans cars. Scarcely believable at the time.

Then they named it and got more specific on specs. The Valkyrie should beat a one horsepower per-kilogram power-to-weight ratio, but the weight figure is to be closer to 1,200kg than to 1,000kg.

Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

Incredibly, the Valkyrie got more extreme with the AMR Pro track-only variant. It looks like something you’d spy at the front of the grid at the start of Le Mans. Funny, that…

Before we heard and saw that V12, the Valkyrie still felt conceptual. Then the news, pictures and videos came out of Cosworth dyno testing the 6.5-litre V12 to beyond 10,000rpm. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering.

Around the same time, the facility that lucky buyers are using to create their dream Valkyrie was revealed. It was bittersweet to see, knowing we had neither an allocation of one of the 150 cars, nor the minimum £2 million required to make it happen.

Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

As if one 1,000hp hypercar wasn’t enough, Aston announced the 003 at the Geneva Motor Show. A car to take on McLaren’s Senna, the 003, which soon became the Valhalla, is to get a twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a hybrid system, and put out around 1,000 horsepower. We should have known better than to assume how far from reality it was.

Answering the prayers of petrolheads the world over, Aston then confirmed that it would be adapting the Valkyrie for racing in the new hypercar class at Le Mans. The Valkyrie is to bring a V12 back to top-flight endurance racing in 2021.

Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

Somehow the story of a pair of Aston Martin hypercars would feel incomplete if Bond didn’t get his hands on one. Yes, 007 should be getting a 003 as his company car. Quite how the MI6 budget stretches to such a car is a mystery. How will Adrian Newey feel about all those heavy gadgets?

Now once again Aston skeptics are eating their words. Even amidst the financial woes, it’s mighty impressive that these two enormous projects are proving the doubters wrong by going flat-out at Silverstone.

 Aston Martin Valkyrie

Valhalla and Valkyrie are words borrowed from Norse mythology. You might have heard them referred to in some of Marvel’s Thor comic books and movies. 

Valhalla is a sort of Norse heaven, and a Valkyrie is a “chooser of the slain”. That means someone that scours battlefields looking for fallen warriors worthy of entry to Valhalla. They don’t pluck these names out of thin air, you know…

 Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

The Valhalla is still some way off. Aston refers to this running driving version as a ‘dynamic concept’. It’s a good indication of how Valhalla will look on the move, even if it’s not a verifiable representation of the finished article like the Valkyrie VP1 prototype.

This comes on the eve of the Valhalla’s North American debut at Monterey Car Week in the Quail display. It’ll be the first time Aston’s sophomore hypercar has been seen on the other side of the pond.

 Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

Aston reckons the Valhalla will be more suited to road use than its big brother the Valkyrie, even looking as it does and performing as they claim it will. “Though making greater concessions to practicality and road use, Valhalla remains true to the uncompromising engineering ethos laid down by its bigger brother.”

Even following in the wake of the incredible Valkyrie, offering over three-times as many units, Aston says the Valhalla is over-subscribed. It’s currently in the process of ‘hand-picking’ buyers to get the chance to own one of the 500 Valhallas it plans on building.

 Aston Martin Valkyrie

Even though this weekend arguably belongs to baby brother Valhalla, it’s worth an update on the car that started it all. This is verification prototype number one of the Valkyrie – the first fully representative running prototype. It debuted at Geneva and has been testing hard ever since.

What better stage on which to debut what Aston hopes will be the world’s greatest hypercar, than the interlude in the British Formula 1 Grand Prix? The Valkyrie took some laps with intrepid tester and master helmsman Chris Goodwin at the wheel, with the car sporting an appropriate Red Bull livery.

 Aston Martin Valkyrie and Valhalla

It’s been a long road getting the Valkyrie into the hands of customers. From sketches on an F1 design genius’s desk in 2014, to a generation-defining hypercar in 2019. Valkyries are expected to arrive in buyer’s special Aston-designed garages by the end of 2019. As for the Valhalla? That’s expected to be ready in 2021. Patience is the ultimate virtue…

The tallest building in Miami will be an Aston Martin

Aston Martin skyscraper in Miami

No, that headline isn’t clickbait: there really IS an Aston Martin skyscraper under construction in Miami.

If you think high-rises are outside Aston Martin’s normal remit, you’d be right.

However, this structure, once completed in 2022, will have genuine Aston Martin input.

Where does Aston Martin come in?

Aston Martin skyscraper in Miami

Amenity spaces throughout the building are being penned by Aston’s design team.

“One of the greatest joys of design is seeing your work come to life,” said chief creative officer, Marek Reichman.

“As this is Aston Martin’s first foray into real estate we are especially keen to see the tower start to take shape.”

Aston Martin skyscraper in Miami

Aston Martin Residences, situated at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, will be the tallest residential building in the area – and one of the tallest on the USA’s east coast.

So no, it’s not being built in Gaydon and being shipped out to the states. Nor do we think there will be a stripped-out AMR version. 

June 30th saw completion of an enormous concrete pour, to comprise the foundation of the 66-storey 818-foot condominium tower. The first eight floors are expected to be complete by Christmas.

Aston Martin skyscraper in Miami

The building will be comprised of luxury residences and penthouses priced from $750,000 to $50million. They range in size from 700 to 19,000 square feet. Half of them have already been sold.

We wonder if it’s got an underground parking garage and, if so, if there’s a sign saying ‘Aston Martin parking only’.

Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star

Aston Martin DBR1 Goodwood FOS

Traditionally, the central feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed includes several cars. They’re invariably cherry-picked road and or racing icons from a chosen marque’s history.

Not so this year with Aston Martin, as a lone DBR1 takes to the swooping structure.

So it should, too, as it marks 60 years since Aston made its own motorsport history at Goodwood. In 1959, the marque secured the World Sportscar Championship with victory at Goodwood’s RAC Tourist Trophy (following victory at Le Mans).

And it did so with the DBR1.

Aston Martin Goodwood FOSStirling Moss took victory honours, but only after swapping cars due to his first car catching ablaze in the pits.

The DBR1’s domination was undeniable. It secured both first and second places, finishing 25 laps ahead of the closest pursuing Ferrari. The lead car was famously piloted by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. This was before Caroll got into squeezing big V8s into AC sports cars.

It was 10 years before that, in 1949, that Aston Martin first competed at Goodwood with the DB3S,. The company recently marked the 1959 win with a new DBS 59 edition.

Aston Martin DBR1 Goodwood FOS

This certainly feels like an apt year to be celebrating momentous moments in Aston Martin’s motorsport history. Especially given the breadth of its ambitions for the future.

The new Vantage GTE has had a rocky but promising start, rolling in the tyre tracks of a class-winning predecessor. It’s a sobering irony, though, that Ferrari took class honours at Le Mans this year, following the Aston having its performance slashed by regulators.

Aston Martin Goodwood FOS

Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is that Aston is going to be campaigning Valkyrie V12 hypercars at Le Mans in 2021 under the new rules.

As Aston Martin’s racing history is celebrated this weekend at Goodwood, we all look forward to the marque bringing a V12 – the most traditional and evocative of powerplants – back to Le Mans.

Bold Aston Martin Vantage special editions revealed at Goodwood

Aston Martin Vantage Heritage Racing Editions

Aston Martin is the star marque at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 – and will be celebrating 60 years since its famous 1-2 victory at Le Mans.

In addition to taking over the central feature, Aston is also launching special liveried versions of the Vantage supercar. The designs are influenced by nine decades of racing history.

Vantage Heritage Racing Edition 

Six unique Vantages have been created by the company’s bespoke ‘Q’ division, each sporting a colour-matched livery. They pay tribute to cars from 1923 to 2019 and there will be 60 cars made available. Here are your choices:

Next Generation

Those who watch endurance racing will recognise the lurid AMR colours on the ‘Next Generation’. This is Aston’s latest racing look. The car is yet to find its feet at Le Mans like its predecessor, but Aston is tenacious. It’ll be fighting in all classes at Le Mans in 2021, when the Valkyrie goes for the outright win.

Aston Martin Vantage Heritage Racing Editions

Record Breaker

By stark contrast, ‘Record Breaker’ pays homage to the oldest racing car to offer inspiration for this collection. The 1923 Razor Blade set two class records at Brooklands in 1923. The green is matched exactly to the original’s chassis, while the silver is a nod to the alloy body of the near-100-year-old racer.

Le Mans winner

Bringing it back to nearly modern-day is the Gulf livery on the ‘Le Mans winner’ Vantage. This scheme, while also being the most recognisable, pays tribute to the 2007 and 2008 wins that the DBR9, so coloured, brought home at the 24-hour race.

Aston Martin Vantage Heritage Racing Editions

Italian Progettista

Taking it back to 1935 is the bright red ‘Italian Progettista’. It’s a tribute to the Ulster that finished third at Le Mans in 1935.

Group C Monster

One of Aston’s lesser-known race projects was its Group C programme. The AMR1 took to the series in 1989 with a carbon tub and course-rippling aero. The white with red and blue flashes pays tribute to the 30-year-old top-flight machine.

The David Brown Era

This car in yellow and green livery pays tribute to a very famous DB3S racer. 

Vantage Heritage Racing Edition: the aero package

Aston Martin Vantage Heritage Racing Editions

It’s not all about flashy race-inspired paint schemes, though. The cars also feature a new aero kit comprised of a carbon spoiler, dive planes and an extended front splitter.

All in, the kit adds 194kg of downforce at 190mph. The aero package won’t remain exclusive to these heritage cars, however. It will soon be available for all Vantage customers.

The star car

Aston Martin Goodwood FoS 2019 Central Feature

Each of these new Astons will be displayed under the central feature over the course of the weekend, but the real star car isn’t actually represented by a modern livery. It will be on the central feature, though. It is, of course, the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1.

“It is a great honour to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year,” said Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.

“Racing is a crucial component in Aston Martin’s DNA and it is something that we have pursued since the inception of the company more than 100 years ago. We have raced all around the world but the core passion and commitment that we’ve displayed has remained the same since our first race on Aston Hill.”

New Aston Martin Vanquish could have a manual gearbox

Next Aston Martin Vanquish could get a manual transmission

Stick-shift sticklers rejoice! The 2022 Vanquish – Aston Martin’s hotly anticipated mid-engined supercar – could get a manual gearbox. So Aston CEO Andy Palmer has hinted, anyway. If it does, it’ll follow the hardcore new Aston Martin Vantage AMR in bringing a stick and three pedals back to Aston Martin.

The Vanquish is still a way off. The shock Vanquish Vision Concept at Geneva 2019 didn’t have an interior, or indeed an engine. Yet as a statement of intent, and proof that Aston could make a mid-engined supercar look pretty, it worked a treat.

Next Aston Martin Vanquish could get a manual transmission

When it comes to the production Vanquish, Palmer has again reaffirmed his determination for Aston to be the last sports car manufacturer to offer a manual.

“I’ve already made a commitment that I want to be the last manufacturer in the world to offer manual sports cars and I want to honour that commitment,” he said, in an interview with Carsales.

While Palmer didn’t reference the Vanquish specifically, he goes on to criticise McLaren’s single carbon tub methodology. By contrast, Aston Martin opts for differing aluminium structures, benefitting ease-of-use and comfort for different models.

Next Aston Martin Vanquish could get a manual transmission

“Unlike McLaren we’re not trying to stretch the same assets over and over again. Our approach is a more expensive philosophy, but hopefully it’s a more compelling way of addressing a customer’s needs.

“Our mainstream cars, have been created to be useable daily – that’s why they employ an aluminium tub for a lower and narrower sill – it makes them easier to get in and out of.”

He goes on to assert that carbon fibre tubs will be reserved for more extreme models, where speed and performance take precedence over day-to-day ‘grand tourer’ abilities.

His previous assertion that the Valhalla hypercar – which will share its twin-turbo V6 engine with the Vanquish – will not get a manual ‘box, seems to suggest that the Vanquish possibly will.

Next Aston Martin Vanquish could get a manual transmission

Aston Martin is playing coy on specifics for the Vanquish, however. “It is too early for us to comment any further on the specific technical details of the upcoming Vanquish,” a spokesperson told The Drive.

Once again, Andy Palmer performs a delicate dance around juicy details on upcoming cars. If we were him and if the Vanquish is getting a manual, we’d struggle to contain ourselves, too…

Next Aston Martin Vanquish could get a manual transmission

It’s 10 years now since Ferrari made the bold move of abandoning a manual transmission for the 458. McLaren, in its renaissance, did the same, offering twin-clutch paddle-shifting only

The original Vanquish got a lot of stick for not offering a stick, and for its automated paddle-shift transmission. How poetic it would be for the new car to turn the tables.