The small Aston Martin Vantage is available in a special F1 Edition series, inspired by the new safety car that the brand has developed for the next season in the premier class of motorsport. The manufacturer thus offers its sporty V8 engine a slight increase in power and a new aerodynamic kit.
As part of the British marque’s return to Formula 1, a specially prepared Aston Martin Vantage will act as a safety car for half of the races in the 2021 season, alternating with the Mercedes AMG GT R. Eventually, the manufacturer has developed a unique special series based on Vantage available to private customers. Guaranteed more suited to the track than its “standard” counterpart, the Vantage F1 Edition has specific characteristics inspired by the vehicle responsible for supervising the pack of racing cars on the track. The special edition sports car is unveiled just in time for the start of the 2021 F1 season, which kicks off this weekend (March 26, 27 & 28) in Bahrain.
Vantage F1 Edition: 535 hp twin-turbo V8
Available in coupe or roadster, the Aston Martin VantageF1 Edition is powered by the V8 Biturbo 4.0 V8 of the standard version of the Vantage, with an additional handful of horsepower (+25 hp). The power of the unit thus goes from 515 hp to 535 hp while the maximum torque does not budge, with 685 Nm all the same, available over a wider engine speed range. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission has been slightly recalibrated to promote quick gear changes when driving on the racetrack.
Braking can be provided by carbon-ceramic discs, as an option, on the coupe only. On paper, the performance is up to par with a 0 to 100 km / h shipped in 3.6 seconds for the coupe and 3.7 seconds for the roadster. Top speeds are 314 km / h and 305 km / h respectively.
The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition, at the top of the Gaydon manufacturer’s range, is not only more powerful, but it is also more efficient in terms of aerodynamics thanks to a few specific changes to this version. The exterior is distinguished by a complete Aerokit consisting of a front blade, dynamic flaps under the body, a diffuser (identical to the standard model), and a spoiler, for aerodynamic downforce of up to 200 kg at maximum speed. The Aston Martin Racing Green exterior color is inspired by that of the safety car, but other options are also available. The horizontal bar grille, four black tailpipes, and 21-inch alloy wheels (usually 20 inches standard) are also characteristic of this special series. The interior, as elegant as it is sporty.
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However, the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition cools down a bit during the checkout: you will have to pay more than 162,000 € (recommended price in Germany) in France to offer you one …