would you buy the GT or the GTA? Read that some folks said the clutch is VERY heavy and I am not getting any younger at 55; I understand that the AUTO was even more rare than the manual...thnx, dogdoc PS both cars about same miles and price!
I'm in the same boat too...trying to decide what type tranny will be in the next DB. Do you live in an area that is extremely hilly, making starting off a chore sometimes in heavy traffic, or will you be driving, taking leisurely jaunts? Since I live up in the mountains of NC, the answer is clear. There does not seem to be a price differential with either gear box, but the one concern I have with the GT version is availability of parts. Does anyone have any comment on finding, for example, a hood for a GT? Since the GT's had the louvers, and different boot trunk lids, apart from the part rarity, are these various body parts that hard to get compared with the regular DB7?
The GTA transmission is seamless and the option to drive manual either through steering wheel shift or stick shifting is probably the better option - plus compared to regular db7 the gt/gta suspension is far more taught but drivable and the brakes are excellent. Those end of run cars also benefited from much greeter build quality than pre 2000 models.
The GTA is a different car totally to the GT when driven!
The GTA is essentially a std Vantage Auto but with the revised body styling and suspension / brake upgrade, though has the Std Engine.
The simplest way to state the difference is the GT is the TURBO and the GTA the NON-TURBO model. Apart from that they are in the same stable.
The GT has the twin plate racing clutch which is 20% lighter than the std manual clutch, it isn't all that heavy once you are used to it.
The biggest difference is of course performance. AM don't like to highlight performance differences very much as it has an impact on sales of other models, but the GT certainly out performs the GTA if that is something you will be taking in to account.
The most obvious is the top speed being 31mph higher. The acceleration is faster in the GT due to the higher torque and better gearing.
Official figures say one thing but in speaking to the development guys who worked on the testing, the GT reached 196mph at Nardo during testing.
AM are good at dumbing down performance figures to ensure a gap between their flagship models and the current line up.
The GT was softened on paper to ensure sales of Vanquish continued and the new DB9 were keen.
Easiest way to describe the GT would be to say it's a Vanquish in a DB7 shell. As it shares many parts, even the engines were practically the same apart from the inlet manifolds and mapping. GT quoted by AM as 435HP in reality is approx 260HP when tested, same as the Vanq! and 10HP more than the DB9 (2004) due to inlet tract lengths etc.
I knew the GTA had the STD engine, BUT no where is that really stated; I kept researching and FINALLY found it on a website that says what you stated; all the other body effects etc are the same..........I have a lead on a VERTIGO blue, the official launch car color BUT MY WIFE HATES THE COLOR; and so I have not bought it, but at $42K USD that is a steal!