VAN­TAGE AMR

DRIV3R.world - - SUPERCAR PREVIEW - Source: As­ton Martin

Van­tage AMR ful­fills As­ton Martin’s prom­ise to de­liver a prod­uct with the in­volve­ment and driver en­gage­ment that only a man­ual can of­fer.

The heart of Van­tage AMR re­mains As­ton Martin’s po­tent new al­loy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 en­gine. Set low and as far back in the chas­sis as pos­si­ble for op­ti­mal cen­tre-of-grav­ity and near per­fect 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, this high per­for­mance, high ef­fi­ciency en­gine de­vel­ops 510 PS at 6000 rpm and 625 Nm from 2000-5000 rpm, pro­pel­ling Van­tage AMR from 0-60 mph in 3.9 sec­onds and 0-62 mph in 4.0 sec­onds. As with the ex­ist­ing Van­tage model, top speed is met at 195 mph. How­ever, while per­for­mance is still at the fore­front of all Van­tage models, its de­liv­ery in the Van­tage AMR is very dif­fer­ent.

Van­tage AMR is equipped with a mo­tor­sport-in­spired 7-speed trans­mis­sion de­vel­oped by Graziano, fea­tur­ing a ‘dog-leg’ first gear. In­side, the driver is pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to de­liver each gear with both pre­ci­sion and fi­nesse via a hand-stitched leather-clad gear­stick. Sec­ond to sev­enth gears, those that will be used most fre­quently when on the move, are po­si­tioned in a tra­di­tional dou­ble H-pat­tern con­fig­u­ra­tion. To en­sure a more re­ward­ing and en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ex­pected of a man­ual, Van­tage AMR’s trans­mis­sion is mated to a lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial, tuned and cal­i­brated by As­ton Martin’s lead­ing dy­nam­ics team, headed by Chief En­gi­neer Matt Becker, from the team’s base at Sil­ver­stone Race Cir­cuit.

Van­tage AMR’s man­ual trans­mis­sion also fea­tures AMSHIFT. The sys­tem, which is driver se­lectable, uses clutch, gear po­si­tion and prop shaft sen­sors, to­gether with finely-tuned en­gine man­age­ment pro­gram to mimic the tech­nique of heel-and-toe down­shifts; the act of blip­ping the throt­tle while brak­ing and chang­ing gear to al­low smoother de­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing as a re­sult. AMSHIFT also of­fers the ca­pa­bil­ity of full-throt­tle up­shifts for max­i­mum smooth­ness and min­i­mal in­ter­rup­tion in ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Re­mov­ing the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and in­clud­ing car­bon ce­ramic brakes as stan­dard not only cre­ates a purer driver ex­pe­ri­ence, but also as­sists in re­mov­ing 95 kg of weight. Known for its han­dling prow­ess al­ready, Van­tage AMR pushes the bound­aries fur­ther and con­tin­ues to ex­ploit As­ton Martin’s lat­est adap­tive damp­ing sys­tem in­cor­po­rat­ing Sky­hook tech­nol­ogy with Sport, Sport + and Track modes – to en­sure the car’s char­ac­ter can be tuned to the driver’s pref­er­ence or road con­di­tions.

Lim­ited to 200-units, Van­tage AMR is avail­able in five de­signer spec­i­fi­ca­tions. 141 of those 200 will be avail­able in either Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey or White Stone. In con­trast, the fi­nal 59 will be crafted in cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary since As­ton Martin’s tri­umphant 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans vic­tory with DBR1. Named “Van­tage 59”, this fixed spec­i­fi­ca­tion fea­tures a Stir­ling Green and Lime ex­te­rior paint scheme and Dark Knight leather and alcantara in­te­rior, fin­ished with a sig­na­ture AMR lime stripe and stitch.

Speak­ing of Van­tage AMR, Andy Palmer Pres­i­dent and Group CEO, As­ton Martin Lagonda said, “When I joined this com­pany, cus­tomers asked and, as a gear­box en­gi­neer and racer, I promised that we would al­ways of­fer a man­ual trans­mis­sion in our line-up. The Van­tage AMR not only hon­ours that com­mit­ment but sets us apart from our com­peti­tors in con­tin­u­ing to of­fer a three-pedal op­tion. In a world of au­ton­o­mous robo-taxis, As­ton Martin will con­tinue to ad­vance the art and sci­ence of per­for­mance driv­ing. With the Van­tage AMR, we have cre­ated a thor­oughly mod­ern sports car that re­wards ef­fort and fo­cus from the driver; the an­ti­dote to driv­ing a com­puter game.

Start­ing price is €184,995. De­liv­er­ies of Van­tage AMR are sched­uled to be­gin dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter of 2019.

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