After 25 years of using Mercedes-AMG models, Formula 1, Aston Martin Vantage debuted as the official safety car of Formula 1 (F1) earlier this month. In honour of that new role, Aston Martin released a new roadworthy Vantage F1 Edition with similar upgrades to the track model, which will be available in a coupe or a roadster version.
Technically called the Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition, the car gets several aerodynamic improvements that include a front splitter and canards, rear wing, and underbody tweaks, among others. These tweaks allow an additional 441 pounds of downforce at top speed over a standard model.
Among other notable features, the Vantage F1 Edition also receives a slatted grille, carbon fibre accents, exclusive 21-inch wheels, a matte dark grey stripe and a quad-tip exhaust. Currently, it is available in only three colours — Aston Martin Racing Green, black and white, all three of which can be in matte or gloss finish. The car’s interiors get a black leather and grey Alcantara with a choice of green, black, grey or red stitching and centre stripe.
However, the Vantage F1 Edition's enhancements go well beyond their appearance. It gets a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that makes close to 528 horsepower. Meanwhile, the torque output remains unchanged at a more-than-ample 505 pound-feet. However, the British carmaker made a few small tweaks, as it comes in an eight-speed automatic only transmission, which the company claims retuned to shift faster.
Acceleration and top speed don't change, with 0-60 being achieved in 3.5 seconds for the coupe and 3.6 seconds for the roadster. The coupe's top speed is 195 mph, while the roadster's is190 mph.
As is the case with supercars, the F1 Edition Vantage Coupe’s price starts at $162,000, while the roadster’s pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. Aston Martin is taking orders from interested customers and the cars will be delivered startinglate summer this year.