Hi, Im literally brand new to AML, just registered. Excuse me as I am new to any forum and the use of it.
My background is Porsche, moving thro' the 911's to a GT3. Lovely to own, hard to actually use, and getting on in age for such a car, just uncomfortable for me really.
Changed to the current Vantage in 2019. Maybe over the current budget you intend, but what a car combining speed, excitement and comfort (and various mode buttons to select the above).
When wishing to change from a previous 911GTS to a different manufacturer for a change, I tested the Vantage with the sportshift gearbox, this would have been a 2016 Vantage.
Unfortunately, comparing the AM to the PDK in the 911 was probably unfair. At that time, the AM rep explained about the 'curling of the toe' when changing gear by flappy paddle, and how this was an 'engaging experience'.
Many do love this engaging drive, but for me it felt like a slow gear change response, and the constant attention to lifting your toe off the accerator - distracting.
I really wanted to change to the Vantage then, and tested the car three times, trying to love the 'drive'. At the time, I couldnt make the change as I was in the auto/sportshift/PDK arena.
Id definately suggest the manual on that age of car. I'd also certainly suggest asking your local dealer for a test drive in both (if available). Ive always found the dealerships more than happy to assist. If a main dealer is not where you wish to buy your car, I am sure they will help in your journey, in the hope they will at least have the opportunity to encourage there sale?
Best to get the car that suit you and spend a little time testing out.
Enjoy your experience.