A new Aston Martin is arriving to celebrate the Vantage’s position as one of the two Official Safety Cars of Formula 1. The Aston Martin Vantage F1 gets more power along with a host of other upgrades designed to make it an even better performance car on the circuit and “significantly improve lap time performance.”
The Vantage F1 sits atop the model line, the most powerful and quickest Vantage of them all. 25 hp more brings the total to 528 hp thanks to enhancements to the powertrain (though Aston isn’t saying exactly what they are). Peak torque sticks around longer for more power throughout the rev range and a stronger pull to redline, while the eight-speed auto gets a smaller torque cut on upshifts and, Aston says, gives more connected downshifts.
Underneath, the front has been stiffened to add steering feel and response, while the dampers have gotten new internals to better handle vertical body control in both high-speed compressions and over crests without, says Aston, compromising low-speed movement compliance.
Stiffer springs in the rear and increased roll stiffness are meant to further boost turn-in and increase traction over bumps while working with the sharper nose. More feedback comes through the steering to the driver, meant to give a better sense of grip.
For the first time on Vantage are 21-inch wheels and tires, with special Pirelli rubber with a lower profile. Again meant for better on-limit handling for improved confidence.
Aero changes add downforce front and rear, 200 kg more than the standard car at top speed, with a new front splitter and dive planes along with a much more prominent rear wing. Lastly, it will be offered in Aston Martin Racing Green to mimic the F1 cars and Safety Car, with satin or gloss. Other colours will be offered, while the interior will be black or grey with lime green, black, grey, or red contrast stitch.
They’ll be available in coupe or convertible, with orders open now and deliveries set for May.