2022 Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition review: More fun, same flaws – Roadshow

The F1 Version is Aston Martin’s method of linking its roadgoing Vantage to the corporate’s Method 1 security automotive, but it surely’s greater than only a look. A full-width entrance splitter and underbody aero tweaks present additional efficiency enhancements, and in tandem with that slapped-on wing, these adjustments account for a further 440 kilos of downforce at max velocity.

Extra importantly, the F1 Version has stronger front-end bracing than the usual Vantage, in addition to totally different damper settings, stiffer rear springs and a recalibrated digital limited-slip differential. The bottom automotive’s 20-inch wheels are changed with 21s wrapped in 255/35 entrance and 295/30 rear Pirelli P-Zero summer season tires, and the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 additionally will get a further 25 horsepower, for a complete output of 528 hp and 505 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Aston Martin Vantage is at its greatest with the F1 Version

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Level this Vantage down a winding street and it will not take lengthy to really feel the enhancements. The F1 Version is tighter and extra agile than different Vantage fashions, with higher rear-end steadiness, due to the improved torque distribution, to not point out much more grip owing to these Pirelli tires. The bigger wheels and stiffer suspension do not make this a really perfect automotive for each day driving — you may really feel each bump each time — however on easy roads, the chassis is completely taut. Non-obligatory carbon ceramic brakes present wonderful stopping energy however are additionally a pricey $10,600 improve. In any other case, my solely criticism is that the Vantage’s steering is disappointingly numb.

You possibly can’t really feel the V8’s additional 25 hp, and the F1 Version’s 0-to-60-mph time of three.5 seconds is barely one-tenth of a second faster than the bottom Vantage. That is all high quality; there’s greater than sufficient low-end torque to get you shifting, and this engine completely likes to rev. It sounds unbelievable, too, with a distinct aural character than the bass-heavy rumble of the Mercedes-AMG GT with which this Aston shares its engine. This V8 additionally pairs nicely with the Vantage’s eight-speed automated transmission, which is completely satisfied to proactively downshift beneath braking. Oh, and a particular shoutout to Aston for getting its paddle-shifter design proper, even when the gearbox is not super-responsive to inputs when used this fashion.

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The leather-based and suede are good, however this inside is type of a multitude.

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The F1 Version is a extra entertaining Vantage, however the identical ol’ issues stay. The toggles on the steering wheel for the drivetrain and suspension settings are hit-or-miss when it comes to truly registering a response; I steadily should faucet these two or 3 times earlier than the Vantage accepts a request. There additionally are no superior driver-assistance programs to talk of, save for a useful 360-degree digital camera system. This is not essentially a serious challenge on a sports activities automotive just like the Vantage, I do know, however Porsche affords a complete mess of tech on the 911 vary, so it is value mentioning.

Know-how usually continues to be the Vantage’s greatest drawback. The 8-inch show on the dashboard runs a model of Mercedes’ COMAND interface that is greater than a decade previous, with bland colours displayed in low-res Arial textual content. This is not a touchscreen, so you may solely function the multimedia system by way of a management knob on the middle console. Apple CarPlay? Android Auto? Not right here within the yr 2010, mates.

Look previous the tech and there are a number of issues to love in regards to the Vantage’s cabin. The F1 Version has its personal particular coloration schemes, and I like the intense distinction stitching in opposition to my check automotive’s black-and-gray getup. Each the leather-based and Alcantara fake suede feel and look supple, and the seats are as supportive as they’re snug.

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The F1 Version is sweet, however the Vantage nonetheless has flaws.

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Nonetheless, there are simply as many issues to dislike. The air vents are flimsy and really feel low-cost, there’s barely any storage, and the middle stack is a big mess. All the buttons and controls are scattered with seemingly no actual rhyme or cause, making it tough to seek out easy issues like seat heaters at a look, particularly whereas driving. All of the buttons even have this plasticky texture that’s completely unsatisfying to the touch. For as good because the Vantage’s upholstery is, the inside is admittedly let down by its particulars.

That is a disgrace, particularly because the base Vantage begins at a not-insignificant $142,086, together with an exorbitant $3,086 vacation spot cost. The F1 Version hikes that value as much as $165,086, and with the aforementioned ceramic brakes and an upgraded audio system, my tester rolls out with a price ticket of $177,686. That is just a few grand greater than the unflappable Porsche 911 Turbo. Heck, even the less-expensive Carrera GTS is faster and sharper, with a greater inside and much more tech besides.

The F1 Version undoubtedly improves on the usual Vantage method, making this automotive far more thrilling to drive. However there isn’t any wing on this planet massive sufficient to cowl up the Vantage’s inherent flaws — cons that, sadly, will all the time outweigh the professionals.

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