Aston Martin Will Keep The Manual Transmission Alive

If there’s anything you’d like to know about decisions leading to the new Bond Aston’s final design, Jay Leno’s Garage will reveal everything about those too. Except for the gadgets. But there’s a nice bit of news buried in this video: the Vantage replacement will have a manual option.


Since everybody but Justin Westbrook got to drive the Aston Martin DB10, it was obvious that Jay Leno was on the list as well. Aston’s Chief of Design Marek Reichman went to see him in his garage to talk about why the DB10 is wider than a Viper, why does it have holes on its bonnet instead of proper air vents, the giant grill and the shark-look in general. But not the flamethrower.

Aston Martin built 10 DB10s in just six months, eight of which went to the movie set. This one had 420 horsepower from a 4.7-liter V8, a six-speed manual, no air conditioning, windows that won’t roll down and a bonnet that got stuck on this particular example.

Mr. Reichman also revealed that the Vantage’s replacement will keep the manual option. Good times indeed.


Photo credit: Jay Leno’s Garage

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That’s great news for all of us that will be buying brand new Aston’s!

Which, I’m pretty sure is.....none of us.

And for the lucky few who will be buying brand new Aston’s - also pretty sure they won’t choose the MT option.