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Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition 2022: a better advantage


Many road cars have been created around often tenuous ties to motorsports, their uniqueness often not exceeding stickers and graphics. On the surface, the new Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition, with its carefully filed logos and optional stem-to-stern racing stripe, fits this mold. But dive deeper and there’s real substance to this updated Vantage, including a handful of mechanical changes that dramatically fine-tune its riding experience.

We drove the car to England and got to experience it both on the road and on the racetrack, the latter being the small 1.1 mile Stowe circuit at Silverstone that Aston uses for high speed testing. The Vantage F1 Edition was developed alongside the company’s true Vantage safety car, which helps keep order at Formula 1 events this year. The road version sports an equally wide rear spoiler and, in another connection from Formula 1, is available in the same shade of green used by the company’s racing team. It also received a new front-end treatment, with horizontal strakes filling what was previously the black void in the standard car’s grille, as well as new 21-inch wheels. Commemorative plaques aside, the interior is largely unchanged, but the Vantage F1 benefits from motorsport-inspired black and gray microfiber trim with bright yellow accents.

For F1 service, Aston upgraded the Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the 503 horsepower Vantage to 527 (torque remains at 505 pound-feet). The increase in power is not so noticeable, but the stronger character of the revised car is. Its active exhaust note is loud and boisterous even in its quietest, near-anti-social mode when fully unclogged, filled with shootouts of pops and bangs every time you let go of the throttle. Revised software also speeds up shift times for the standard eight-speed automatic transmission, reducing the amount of torque the engine cuts during overhead shifts and with a smarter algorithm to help speed up downshifts when decelerating hard. . It still doesn’t quite have the quickness of a dual-clutch transmission, but it definitely feels crisp for an automatic torque converter.

While the physical changes to the suspension are limited, the dynamic character of the car has been significantly altered. The F1 Edition’s rear springs are 10% stiffer; its adaptive dampers have been revised to improve rebound damping; and the front suspension has been tweaked, tightened and tuned for a more negative wheel camber. There are also software changes to the electronic limited-slip rear differential, which on the regular Vantage can make the car jumpy when pushed moderately hard by sending significant amounts of torque to the outer rear wheel. The F1 Edition exhibits much less of that exuberant behavior, feeling more planted under heavy loads in the corners and with impressive traction from its Pirelli P Zero tires.

Despite its large wheels, the F1 Edition drives with impressive conformity on rough surfaces. Running in the softer Sport setting of the dampers (there are also firmer Sport Plus and Track modes) on poorly maintained British tarmac revealed no subjective increase in harshness compared to the standard car. Wider refinement remains a weak point, with the Vantage’s cabin seemingly amplifying the harmonics of the tire roar and exhaust drone when cruising at higher speeds. The dark interior and button-studded lower dashboard also feel increasingly removed from the ergonomic pace set by this car’s new rivals. Another slight frustration is the 8.0-inch center display’s lack of touch sensitivity.

But in terms of sports car athleticism, the F1 Edition seemed quite happy to play on the Silverstone circuit. Grip remained strong even under the higher loads allowed by the track, despite its tires intentionally more oriented for road use. The Vantage turns hard and precisely, resisting understeer even through Stowe’s tightest turns. But it’s the behavior of the rear of the car that is really entertaining, especially the gradual (and sometimes frightening) way of persuading its tail to come out under power. Few cars are so easy to drive on the accelerator or so user-friendly when driven over the limit. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes on our test car also coped with the higher thermal loads of track driving without complaint, biting hard and tirelessly lap after lap.

Stowe’s lack of high-speed cornering prevented us from enjoying the claimed benefits provided by a new front splitter, dive planes, diffuser and rear spoiler from the F1 Edition’s new aero package. Aston says the updates can generate up to 330 pounds of downforce in the rear and 110 pounds up front, improvements of around 200% over the standard car. We will say it certainly felt planted and stable when cruising at fast highway speeds. An obvious downside to F1’s large wing is the limited rear visibility, as it obscures a large portion of the view through the rear window.

While Aston is already working on a heavily revised version of the current Vantage, which we expect to see in 2023, the F1 edition looks like a moderate facelift in itself. Both coupe and roadster models will be offered, with the coupe carrying an additional $ 23,000 over the starting price of $ 142,086 of the regular Vantage coupe. Aston doesn’t really market it as a limited-edition model, and we won’t be surprised if a significant percentage of Vantage buyers go for the F1 treatment, although we’re sure some would rather have theirs without the stickers and formula. . 1 mark.



2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1
Vehicle type: front engine, rear wheel drive, 2 passengers, 2-door coupe or convertible

Coupe, $ 165,086; Roadster, $ 173,086

Twin-turbocharged and intercooled 32-valve DOHC V8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 ”3, 3982 cm3
Power: 527 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 505 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 106.5 inches
Length: 176.8 ”
Width: 76.5 inches
Height: 50.2 inches
Passenger volume: 47 ft3
Boot space: 7 to 10 ft3
Unloaded weight (CD est): 3750-3850 lb

60 mph: 3.3-3.4 s
100 mph: 7.6-7.7 s
1/4 mile: 11.5 to 11.6 s
Maximum speed: 190-195 mph

Combined / City / Highway: 20/18/24 mpg

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