Aston Martin’s new road-legal track toy debuts with more power, better aero, and tweaked styling

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Remember last week’s blacked-out teaser photo Aston Martin posted on all its social media channels? It turns out we were right, and it is not a new AMR model – that did not made sense anyway. Called the F1 Edition, this Vantage was designed for improved lap times, but it can also be driven on public roads.

The Vantage F1 Edition works twofold for Aston Martin. On one hand, it is here to celebrate the brand’s return to Formula 1 racing and on the other, it comes to cater to track day aficionados that want a more composed Vantage.

A subtle bump in power

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According to Aston Martin, plenty of subtle changes were made before the Vantage F1 Edition was deemed ready for debut. For example, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 528 horsepower, which is 25 horsepower more than the Vantage AMR. Torque stays the same at 685 Newton-meters (505 pound-feet). Complementing the power boost, the car’s eight-speed automatic has been massaged for quicker shifts.

Small changes underneath the shell

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What is more, AM’s engineers paid special attention to the suspension and steering. The F1 Edition is stiffer – although we do not get any supporting figures – and more direct as far as steering response goes. Rear spring rate also took a hike, and lateral stiffness was improved, too, for better cornering abilities.

The F1 Edition sits on 21-inch wheels (the standard Vantage uses 20-inchers) wrapped in lower-profile tires developed by Pirelli.

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Rounding up the package is the aero treatment which includes a rear wing, a new front splitter, extra front dive planes, and underbody turning vanes. All in all, these add-ons contribute to up to 200 kilos (441 pounds) of downforce at top speed.

Speaking of which, the coupe can reach a top speed of 195 mph (314 kph), while the roadster’s Vmax is rated at 190 mph (305 kph). 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) for the coupe happens in 3.5 seconds, with the roadster being 0.1 seconds slower with a 3.6-second sprint time.

Price and availability

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The F1 Edition will be available in both coupe and roadster body styles. Orders for the Vantage F1 Edition are open with deliveries expected to kick off in May 2021. The special edition starts at £142,000 in the U.K. and €162,000 in Germany.

Aston Martin F1 Edition
Engine 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 528 horses
Torque 505 pound-feet
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
0-60 mph 3.5s
Top Speed 195 mph
Price £142,000 (U.K.) / €162,000 (Germany)
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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