A combination of black leather with lime stitching and lime-coloured leather accents, and grey Alcantara on the steering wheel grips, seats, door cards and elsewhere, gave our test car’s interior its fresh, extra-special performance flavour.
You can have red, black or grey as an alternative to the citrus-hued upholstery highlights if you prefer; you can also swap much of the car’s piano black gloss trim for carbonfibre trim; and an Alcantara headliner is also available, all as options. But for a handful of F1 trademarked badges here and there, however, that’s what makes the cabin of the F1 Edition different from that of any other Vantage: colour and trim.
Is it enough? Considering the modest price premium being asked for the car and the effort made elsewhere, it probably is. But if the Vantage was skating on fairly thin ice three years ago at its launch with some of its ageing Mercedes-sourced display and infotainment technology, it certainly now feels overdue a fairly wide-ranging mid-life interior refresh.
The car’s fundamentals are sound. Its driving position is low, straight and well supported, its controls are well placed and easy to reach, and forward visibility is reasonable enough through the car’s slim glasshouse. (It’s quite poor to the rear, but standard-fit 360deg parking cameras mitigate the penalty somewhat.)
There seems barely a square inch of the forward centre console and centre stack that hasn’t had a button or knob squeezed onto it, and not all testers liked the cluttered layout that results. But you can, without doubt, find the button you want when you need to deactivate the car’s engine starter-generator, dial back the stability control or engage reverse gear, for example; and Aston’s decision to move the Vantage’s push-button transmission controls to a lower level certainly makes them easier to reach than in Gaydon’s other models.