Do you remember the first Aston Martin Vanquish? Perhaps your memory reached his muscular silhouette, its image as a Bond car, but very possibly also you get many criticisms which received its sequential gearbox. Yes, the Aston Martin Vanquish sought to be a pioneer with a sequential shift that did justice to the car. But the British firm came in right at the end of the life of the Vanquish, offering customers expensive reconversion into manual gearbox car factory, reconversion praised by all those who bet on it and which now makes the Vanquish manual highly valued specimens.
The criticisms of the sequential change of the Vanquish got Aston launched the option of converting to manual car
The first Aston Martin Vanquish was presented as a real revolution in the market. It was the successor of the Aston Martin DB7 and defended the idea of a totally new product to celebrate his new stage as part of the Ford group. His heart was a brand-new 5.9 V12 which came to develop 527 maximum Horsepower in the Vanquish S, with a time of 4.7 seconds for the 0 – 100 Km/h even so, sequential gearbox was a serious handicap for some customers and many testers.
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Aston Martin Magnetti Marelli commissioned the development of the sequential, change a change that should allow a driving comfortable City and sports through its sequential mode operation, so that also included camshaft steering wheel being by that time a novelty on the market. The problem with this gearbox is that his brain did not quite recognize orders of the driver when it was going fast, offering a longer transition than expected and not always hitting on reductions when demanding maximum of its V12. A change in sports driving erratic can be the most frustrating, and I certify that after putting to test a Vanquish in 2003.
Thus, at the beginning of the year 2007 – when the model was very near its end – Aston Martin has announced a program of conversion of any unit of the Aston Martin Vanquish to eliminate the automatic change and install a manual 6 relations change. The chosen gearbox was one manufactured by Borg Warner/Tremec that things in life, was employed in models as opposed to the Vanquish as the first generation Dodge Viper T-56 6-speed. The problem? Aston Martin asked at the time about 13,000 pounds plus VAT for the conversion, which was a very high price.
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Well, the offer of the Aston Martin Vanquish manual conversion was accepted by very few customers, resulting in very few copies reconditioned. The lucky owners who made the change and few testers that could analyze it spoke of a completely different car, with a substantial improvement in original sequential change that make the manual Aston Martin Vansquish a rare increasingly quoted Avis. At the moment is on sale in the U.S. one of these units by 117.500 dollars and increasingly they are coming to light more of these units with prices that do not stop up.