Aiming to be “the last manufacturer in the world to offer a manual sports car.”
Aston Martin has made a promise to save the manuals for as long as it’s possible, with Andy Palmer admitting he is not a fan of dual-clutch gearboxes because these add weight and complexity. The statement was made in an interview with Car & Driver in which he also revealed plans for a seven-model range.
Following the introduction of the DB11, the next model in line to get a replacement will be the V8 Vantage due to come out in 2017. It’s going to be the first Aston Martin to use the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine sourced by AMG, and Palmer admitted there are some chances of seeing the eight-cylinder on other models at some point. He went on to specify that although he prefers to offer one engine in each model, there could be demand for a V8-powered DB11 in some markets.
After the all-new V8 Vantage, Aston Martin will launch a successor for the Vanquish programmed for 2018 and we already know the DBX crossover concept will morph into a production version. The latter will be ready by 2020 and will be assembled at the company’s new factory in St Athan, Wales.
Besides the DB11, V8 Vantage, Vanquish, and DBX, Aston Martin is cooking up three other models. One of them will likely be another luxurious Lagonda-badged model, possibly a new Rapide, along with an unknown third model.
According to undisclosed sources close to AM, the hypercar co-developed with Red Bull is not considered as part of the permanent seven-model lineup because only 99 units will be made. Perhaps the same thing can be said about the pure electric RapidE due in 2018 since not a lot of those will be made.