2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition First Drive

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition – Many of the road cars were designed around connections that are often tenuous to motorsports, their distinctiveness is usually relegated to stickers and images. At first glance, the brand new Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition featuring its meticulously trademarked logos as well as an optional stem-to-stern racing stripe fits the pattern. However, if you look deeper, there’s a real substance to the updated Vantage that includes a variety of changes to the mechanical design that significantly improve the driving experience.

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Redesign
2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Redesign

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Review

Redesign

We took our car through England and were able to experience it on the road as well as the racetrack, with the latter being the dusty 1.1-mile Stowe circuit at Silverstone which Aston utilizes for testing at high speeds. It’s the Vantage F1 Edition is designed in conjunction with the full-blown Vantage safety car which is helping keep the order at Formula 1 events this year. The road-ready version features an equally wide rear wing, and with a different Formula 1 connection, is offered in the same color of green utilized by the team that runs for the company. The Vantage F1 also has the front end a fresh look that has horizontal strakes filling the previously black space in the grille of the car, and 21-inch wheels. In addition to commemorative plaques, the interior remains largely unchanged, however, it’s the Vantage F1 gains motorsport-inspired black and gray microfiber trims with bright yellow accents.

Engine

To fulfill F1 racing, Aston boosted the regular Vantage’s Mercedes AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 from 503 to 527 horsepower (torque remains at 505 pounds-feet). The boost in horsepower isn’t very obvious, but the updated car’s more powerful personality is. The active exhaust note is extremely loud and rorty, even when it’s quieter and almost obnoxious when dispersed, with lots of bangs and pops every when you release the accelerator. The new software speeds up shift times of the eight-speed automatic transmission standard by reducing how much torque that the engine reduces on upshifts, and incorporating a more efficient algorithm that helps speed up downshifts when you accelerate hard. The software isn’t the same speed as dual-clutch gearboxes however it certainly feels fast for a torque converter automated.

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition
2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

Changes

Although the physical changes to suspension aren’t a huge deal The car’s dynamic look has been significantly changed. The rear springs of the F1 Edition are stiffer by 10 percent and its adaptive dampers are revised to enhance rebound damping The front suspension is being adjusted, tightened, and adjusted to give more negative camber. Software updates also impact the rear differential with electronic limited-slip that on the standard Vantage could make the car feel uneasy when driven moderately hard. It does this by sending a large amount of power to the outer rear wheel. However, the F1 Edition exhibits far less of this behavior and feels more secure amid large cornering loads, and with an impressive grip thanks to its Pirelli P Zero tires.

Despite its massive wheel even with its massive wheels, the F1 Edition rides with an impressive performance on rough terrain. The dampers’ most soft Sport setting (there are also more firm Sport Plus and Track modes) over badly maintained British asphalt, there was no apparent improvement in the harshness of the regular car. Wider refinement is still one of the weak points in the cabin, with the Vantage seems to amplify the harmonics of the exhaust and tire roar drone with higher speeds. The dim interior and buttons scattered across the lower dashboard feel more and more out of sync with the ergonomics that are set by the car’s more modern counterparts. Its 8.0-inch central display’s absence of tactile sensitivity is a further minor disappointment.

In terms of sports-car agility, its F1 Edition seemed quite happy to race at Silverstone. Silverstone circuit. The grip was strong even under the more intense loads that are allowed by the track, despite the tires being specifically designed to be used on roads. The Vantage is a precise and hard-working car while avoiding understeering even on the more tense corners of Stowe. But it’s the rear of the vehicle that is the most entertaining, particularly the dynamic (and sometimes, lurid) ways the tail’s ailment can convince it to break free under the power. Few cars are as simple to steer using the throttle, or so accommodating when you push it to the limits. The carbon-ceramic brakes available in the test car also adapted to the higher thermal demands of track-based driving without complaint, gnashing repeatedly and relentlessly every lap.

Stowe’s absence of high-speed turns denied us the opportunity to test the promised benefits of a front splitter that has been updated and dive planes, the rear wing, and the diffuser that is part of F1’s brand new aerodynamic package. Aston claims that the new features can produce up to 335 pounds of downforce in the rear and up to 110 pounds of force at the front, which is an improvement of about 200 percent over the stock car. It felt stable and planted even at highway speeds. One of the major drawbacks of the F1’s large wings is the limited rear-view visibility due to it blocking the view from the rearview.

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Specs
2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Specs

2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition Price

Although Aston is currently developing a highly updated version of the Vantage model, which we anticipate to see by 2023 The F1 Edition feels like a mild facelift on its own. Roadster and coupe models will be available with the coupe securing an extra $23,000 in comparison to the standard Vantage Coupe’s starting price of $142,086. Aston does not promote this as a limited edition model but we’ll not be surprised if an enviable proportion of Vantage customers opt for the F1 option, but some would prefer not to wear the sticker as well as the Formula 1 branding.