Earlier this month, the Aston Martin Vantage debuted as the official safety car in Formula 1. It’s a very big deal and a fairly simple way to connect the F1 safety car to a new, more powerful version of the Vantage.
The Vantage F1
However, the F1 Edition extends the improvements far beyond the look. Vantage’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine gets an increase of 24 horsepower, a total of 527 hp. The torque effect remains unchanged, at more than ample 505 pound-feet. Aston Martin also made a few small adjustments to the eight-speed automatic transmission, which resulted in faster shifts and more aggressive downshifts during braking.
Under the skin, the Vantage F1 Edition has stronger front braces and adjusted dampers, as well as increased spring speeds at the rear. Vantage’s standard 20-inch wheels are replaced by larger 21-inch rollers, wrapped in new Pirelli summer tires. All of these changes will improve the steering feel and agility on the road – and considering that Vantage already knows how to mow a rug, we’re quite keen to give it a try.
The F1 Edition treatment is available for both the Vantage Coupe and the Vantage Roadster. Look for these special edition models coming to showrooms this summer. Aston Martin says interested customers can pre-order the F1 Edition now, with prices starting at $ 162,000.