Physical suspension changes are limited, but the effect of these combined with various software tweaks has been to deliver a significantly enhanced driving experience. The F1 Edition gets firmer rear springs, revised adaptive dampers and various bits of chassis stiffening at the front, including a swap to a stiffer steering column. Together that has improved steering feel and also front-end precision.

But it’s at the back that the F1 Edition feels most different. Like the regular Vantage it has an active differential, which uses two electronically controlled clutch packs to vary the side-to-side torque split. In the existing car this works hard to impart drama, even at relatively low cornering speeds in the more aggressive dynamic modes, overspeeding the outside back wheel to help make the car feel edgy and oversteery.

There are still some grumbles, but not many. Beyond logos on the sill plates, front wings and centre console, Aston hasn’t done much to distinguish the F1 Edition’s cabin from that of the regular car. It gets a gloomy motorsport-inspired black-and-grey colour scheme woken up with some yellow flashes.

Aston has said the Vantage will be replaced in 2023, and the F1 Edition feels like a midlife facelift with small changes having sharpened its case substantially. It won’t be a limited-edition model and, in those markets where Aston has confirmed pricing, it is only charging a relatively modest supplement for the new car. Based on first impressions, this is the best Vantage.

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