From the April 2023 issue of Car and Driver.
Much like Formula 1 racing itself, the Vantage F1 Edition is a hilly telemetry map of thrills and disappointments. One minute you’re captivated by the vocal range of the Mercedes-made twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, growling and spitting through slower traffic; the next, you’re rudely brought back down to earth by the inevitable rasp of the front splitter as it scrapes another layer of carbon fiber off its bottom on even the mildest ramp incline.
The F1 edition celebrates Aston Martin’s 2021 return to F1 racing and gets the visual tweaks expected of a motorsport tribute, with flashing decals and a limited color palette based on the race car’s green, white and grey. Aston ups the ante with spiky dive planes, a convenient table-height rear wing, and the large front splitter, all riding on 21-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero PZ4 rubber. Our test car was mercifully sticker-scrapped, and the Vantage carries the rest of the aero well, making an already distinctive design even more of a head-turner. You can’t take home an Aston open-wheel racer, but the F1-badged Vantage can be yours for $171,586 (or $189,386 as tested).
Changes under the skin include a bump in power from 503 horses to 528, a reinforced front structure, retuned dampers, and an increased rear spring rate, plus a reprogrammed electronically controlled rear differential. All of this makes for a firmer overall mattress, but you’d have to be a true princess to notice the pea of extra strength and handling. The F1 is louder at full throttle and feels more planted than the tail-happy standard Vantage, yet the test numbers are so close that they’re functionally the same. The F1 Edition hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, clears the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds, and promises the same 195 mph top speed. Leather inserts and contrast stitching add flash to the cozy interior. If Aston were to include such goodies as Apple CarPlay and a nose lift, the F1 Porsche 911 could better attract buyers looking for a less mainstream ride. It looks and sounds great, but poor technology leaves the F1 Edition a lap behind.
2023 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition
Vehicle Type: Front Engine, Rear Wheel Drive, 2-Passenger, 2-Door Coupe
Base/As Tested: $171,586/$189,386
Options: carbon-ceramic brakes, $11,100; premium audio, $2200; Alcantara headliner, $1900; red brake calipers, $1200; body-color rear diffuser inserts, $900; underhood cross brace, $500
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 inches33982 cm3
Power: 528 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 505 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 16.1-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc/14.2-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
F: 255/35ZR-21 (98Y) A6A
R: 295/30ZR-21 (102Y) A6A
Wheelbase: 106.5 inches
Length: 176.8 inches
Width: 76.5 inches
Height: 50.2 inches
Passenger volume, F: 47 ft3
Cargo volume: 10 feet3
Curb weight: 3813 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 7.9 sec
1/4-mile: 11.7 sec @ 121 mph
130 mph: 13.8 sec
150 mph: 20.8 sec
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 4.1 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 195 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 294 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 1.00 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 20/18/24 mpg
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
Senior Editor, Features
Like a sleeper agent activated late in the game, Elana Scherr didn’t know her calling at a young age. Like many girls, she planned to be a vet-astronaut-artist, and came closest to that last one by attending UCLA art school. She painted images of cars but did not own one. Reluctantly getting a driver’s license at age 21, Elana discovered that she not only loved cars and wanted to drive them, but that other people loved cars and wanted to read about them, which meant someone had to write about them. Since receiving activation codes, Elana has written for numerous car magazines and websites, covering classics, car culture, technology, motorsport and new car reviews.