Aston Martin Drops Manual Transmission: Here’s Why You Don’t Need It

July 13th, 2021 by

Aston Martin Vantage on highway

Aston Martin has long dismissed rumors that they were dropping manual Aston Martin drivetrains from the lineup. In actuality, it turns out the rumors were true! Starting with the refresh of the upcoming 2022 Aston Martin Vantage, manual transmissions will be phased out. While some racetrack purists will be upset, Aston Martin Palm Beach is here to assure you that this is a great move. Read on to learn more about this shift (pun intended), and then contact Aston Martin Palm Beach to test drive some of our Aston Martin vehicles with automatic transmissions to see just how responsive their handling is! 

Why is Aston Martin Phasing Out the Manual Transmission? 

The refresh for the Aston Martin Vantage included manual as the standalone option, celebrating the legacy of manual Aston Martin models. While all other exotic car brands have phased manual transmissions out, Aston Martin has continued to produce manual Aston Martin models, and it’s been one of this iconic brand’s distinctions in the industry. However, as we’ve already highlighted, starting with the 2022 refresh of the Vantage, Aston Martin will begin phasing them out. 

Why, you ask? This is because manual transmissions decrease fuel economy on Palm Beach Gardens streets and actually hamper speed. While there is something to be said about the intimacy of driving manual, the automatic transmissions of the 2020s are actually far more responsive. 

This change shouldn’t really surprise anyone. As with many other major automotive manufacturers, Aston Martin is planning to shift to a fully electric lineup by the mid-2020s. This is one small step towards the inevitable electric future of the auto industry. 

Are You a Die-Hard Fan of the Aston Martin Manual Transmission? 

While manual Aston Martins lack the speed and fuel economy of automatic Aston Martins, we know that feeling they can provide — like the boundary between you and your vehicle has been dissolved. If you’re looking for an Aston Martin Vantage with a manual transmission, or any other manual Aston Martin model, give us a call at 866-295-4350. We’ll set you up with some test drives of the very last class of manual Aston Martins, so you can find a model that’s perfect for your needs and head home in an important piece of this brand’s legacy. Speaking of this brand’s storied history, take a moment to explore the history of the Aston Martin logo and where Aston Martin vehicles are made, as well as another gone but not forgotten chapter of our brand’s history: the Aston Martin Rapide

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