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(from Aston Martin
Press Release) At the 2006 Paris Motor Show, Aston Martin
debuted a new automated manual transmission option for the V8
Vantage - Sportshift.
electro-hydraulic control to the existing Vantage 6-speed manual
gearbox to offer improved shift times and replaces the conventional
manual gear lever with push button controls on the centre console to
select ‘Auto Drive’, ‘Reverse’ or ‘Neutral’.
Manual gear changes are selected in Paddle Shift Mode - the new
ultra-quick system provides the driver with heightened precision via
fingertip control of gear changes using paddles, forged from
lightweight magnesium, located directly behind the steering wheel to
progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.
Aston Martin Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez said:
“Sportshift offers a truly engaging and rewarding driving experience
giving an even greater performance feel. It is the sporting choice
which we have developed to perfectly suit the inherent
characteristics of the Vantage.”
Sportshift offers gear changes up to three times faster than the
manual transmission already available, with the driving enthusiast
able to access precision gearshifts in less than 200 m/s. To adapt
to all driving conditions, an additional 'Comfort' mode offering a
more relaxed gear change is also available, which is selected via a
single button on the centre console.
Honed at a range of testing locations including Nardo in Italy and
the Nϋrburgring in Germany, Sportshift is the result of 18 months of
intense development. “Driving enjoyment is paramount to the
qualities of the Vantage and crucial to this is a superb gear change
action. Sportshift offers accessible performance and even greater
driver engagement, increasing driver focus and allowing achievement
of a faster gear change without having to remove a hand from the
wheel.” says Chief Programme Engineer, Dave King.
Sportshift functionality is also enhanced with a low speed ‘crawl’
feature, which acts as a manoeuvring aid, gently engaging the clutch
to move the car up to 4mph - allowing the driver to focus on
positioning rather than throttle control when parking. Additionally,
Sportshift includes a user-selected ‘Auto Drive’ mode, which, when
operated, will take full control of the timing of all changes and
select the appropriate gear for all conditions.
At 4.38 metres long, Vantage is the smallest model in the Aston
Martin range. Purposeful, low and striking, with a richly
atmospheric and cosseting interior, the car debuted to critical
acclaim at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show. Powered by
Aston Martin's new 4.3 litre 380 bhp engine, a low emission, all
aluminium alloy front mid-mounted V8 that is unique to Vantage and
develops 410 Nm (302 Ib.ft) at 5000 rpm.
The Sportshift gearbox further strengthens the choice available in
the Vantage range, supplementing the six-speed manual transmission
Equipped with Sportshift, Vantage retains low polar moment of
inertia and excellent balance, with a negligible increase in overall
weight and minimal impact to the Vantage’s optimal 49:51 weight
distribution. Equally, top end performance is unchanged, at 280 km/h
(175 mph). However, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is achieved a
fraction faster than the manual car's time of 5.0 seconds.
The Vantage is manufactured at Aston Martin’s Headquarters at Gaydon,
Warwickshire, UK, a facility that combines Aston Martin's renowned
hand-built bespoke attributes with the technology required to
manufacture the bonded aluminium VH architecture. Exquisitely
designed and detailed with class-leading agility and performance,
Vantage is a practical 2-seater with a large tailgate providing
access to a 300 litre rear luggage compartment.
Dr Bez added: “Sportshift offers an even more exhilarating driving
experience, strengthening the Vantage’s position as the world’s most
desirable sports car.”
Prices for Vantage Sportshift will be confirmed at a later date,
with deliveries to customers commencing in quarter two of 2007.