When Aston Martin revealed the manual Vantage AMR back in 2019, the company promised it would be the last manufacturer to sell manual sports cars. That commitment to the purist market has gone out the window, however, courtesy of newly appointed CEO Tobias Moers.
Moers confirmed to Road & Track during a recent interview Aston Martin plans to abandon the manual transmission altogether. The CEO, who previously headed Mercedes-AMG, told Australian media the gearbox will be phased out of the Vantage lineup for the model’s 2022 refresh. This contradicts the manufacturer’s previous plans, which called for the manual to be a standalone option for the Vantage going forward. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.