The V8 Vantage came with a choice of two transmissions. One was a paddle-shifted robotic manual, Aston's "ASM" transmission. The other transmission in the V8 Vantage is a proper manual. The transmission has a tendency to fight you when shifting from first to second gear when cold. Aside from that, it's absolutely wonderful. It's also the V8 Vantage's Achilles heel.