If James Bond Can Keep Driving A Manual, Why Can't We?

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I guess for the same reason why we can’t get Aston Martins as company cars, can’t ask for a flamethrower as a bespoke option and won’t get seduced by Monica Bellucci. Still, it feels unfair.

When the Porsche GT3 came out as a PDK only, everybody went mental. Rightfully so, because those who claim that the PDK gives the ultimate lap time should buy a GT3 RS instead, as it’s the ultimate track toy. But if the Cayman GT4 can have a manual, so should the 911 GT3.

As for Aston Martins, it’s true that you can still buy the less powerful and decade old V8 Vantage with a six-speed manual, but I’m afraid the rest of the lineup comes with only a seven-speed semi-automatic.


Once Aston switches to AMG powertrains, it’s going to be a seven-speed dual clutch. Hardcore track specials like the Vulcan might end up with a six-speed sequential, but as far as road cars go, I wouldn’t hold my breath for manuals, as new money buyers don’t seem to like those too much.

James Bond’s DB10 makes sense with a manual, because it’s basically a V8 Vantage with a longer wheelbase and a much wider body.

Still, at least the world’s deadliest spy is on our side.


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