The One Part the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Shares With the Dodge Ram SRT10

... and the C5 Corvette, and the 2000 Mustang Cobra R, and a whole bunch of other American muscle machines.

Aston Martin/Dodge

I was browsing earlier today when I learned something interesting, if not exactly earth shattering—the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage and the Dodge Ram SRT10 use the same gearbox. Yep, the V12-powered DB7 Vantage came standard with Tremec's venerable T56 gearbox.

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This isn't entirely surprising—the Tremec T56 is a stout six-speed, rear-drive manual gearbox—but it does connect the DB7 Vantage with some decidedly different vehicles. Notable cars that used the T56 include the fourth-generation Camaro and Firebird, the fifth- and sixth-gen Corvette, and the SN95 Mustang Cobra.

The Tremec T56 was for the 1992 Dodge Viper, hence its use in the Viper-powered SRT10 pickup truck. As far as we can tell, Aston Martin was the only European carmaker to use the T56. The British company was owned by Ford at the time, which may explain the gearbox choice. Or maybe it just worked better in this application.

Still, it's funny to see something like the boutique, limited-production DB7 Vantage sharing parts with a 1990s Camaro. That said, it does mean a gearbox replacement for your DB7 Vantage will be nice and cheap.

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