F1 Edition Vantage
A true athlete
The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition infuses this high-performance sports car with the spirit of one of the globe’s greatest sports.
Need to know
The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition brings 25bhp more than the standard Vantage, bringing a total of 530bhp from its twin-turbocharged V8 engine
The F1 Edition gains a track-focused suspension setup with reworked dampers for even less body roll through the bends
All F1 Edition cars get larger alloy wheels over the regular Vantage while special F1 Edition Pirelli tyres ensure absolute loads of grip
The fundamentals of the F1 Edition are the same as the regular Vantage, but Aston Martin has made several tweaks and changes to make it even more accomplished in the bends. The chassis has been stiffened to help take turn-in response to the extreme, while the steering has been tweaked, allowing it to be even more responsive than before.
A full aerodynamic kit comes as standard on the Vantage F1 Edition, with a full-width splitter, underbody turning vanes and a huge rear wing combining to create 200kg more downforce than the standard Vantage at top speed.
The exterior of the Vantage F1 Edition has been beefed-up considerably. Of course, the look is dominated by the large rear wing, but things have been elevated further with a new set of exterior colours, including one that celebrates Aston Martin’s involvement in Formula One with a special Racing Green colourway.
There’s the option to have either satin or gloss exterior paint finishes, while all versions get a vaned grille as standard and carbon fibre exterior detailing. Remember that the new Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition is available as either hard-top Coupe or a folding soft-top Roadster. Both gain the same range of aerodynamic and design upgrades.
There’s a lot of great technology included in the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition’s price, including a high-definition central screen which gives access to all of the car’s major media and navigation functions. Connecting your phone via Bluetooth is a smooth process, too, and once you’re up and running it’s simple to take calls or listen to messages via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel or the screen itself.
You’ll also be able to stream media loaded to your phone through the Vantage’s system. However, if you’re after an even more immersive sound, then there’s the option to upgrade to Aston Martin’s premium audio system.
Engines & Performance
Central to the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition is its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. Upgraded over the standard Vantage, it pushes out 530bhp and 685Nm of torque. This is then sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which has been sharpened to make the shifts even more engaging.
All Vantage F1 Edition models use a stainless steel exhaust system with an integrated electronically controlled valve. When at lower speeds, the exhaust is quieter yet apply more throttle and the valve will open, allowing the engine to fully vocalise.
The Vantage F1 Edition definitely has enough performance to live up to that motorsport-inspired name. Zero to 60mph will take 3.5 seconds in the coupe or 3.6 seconds in the Roadster, with the former carrying on to a top speed of 195mph and the latter 190mph. It means that, regardless of which roof layout you opt for, you’re getting some serious speed.
When it comes to efficiency, Aston Martin states that the Coupe will emit 264g/km CO2 and the Roadster 263g/km, while both bring combined consumption figures of 24.3mpg.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including factory-fitted options, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Further information about the test used to establish fuel consumption and CO2 figures can be found at www.astonmartin.com