If you’re rooting for Aston Martin to dump its twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet of the current Vantage, you’re going to end up disappointed. Although a successor to the old V12 Vantage is technically possible, it’s unlikely, thanks in large part to the 5.2 being some 100kg heavier than the sports car’s Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8.
Plus, that eight-banger can be punted way beyond the 503bhp it outputs in the Vantage - it makes a mighty [630bhp in the AMG GT 4 Door](https://www.carthrottle.com/post/mercedes-amg-gt-4-door-review-despite-a-confusing-name-this-things-awesome/], for instance. We’re not sure if Aston Martin has any plans to turn up the anger of its borrowed V8 just yet, but for anyone not wanting to wait around and find out, a company called Wheelsandmore will happily oblige your uber-powerful Vantage fantasies.
Along with a bunch of 21 and 22-inch wheel upgrades for the new Vantage, the German company is also offering a Tec-Tronic tuning box for the car, yours for €2521. It only does its thing once the car is warmed up and ready to take some abuse, at which point it ups the 4.0-litre to 617bhp. Torque, meanwhile, swells from 505lb ft to 568.
Or, if you don’t mind something a little more invasive, Wheelsandmore also offers a ‘Stage II’ tuning kit, the price of which hasn’t been released just yet. It’ll be quite a bit more expensive than the tuning box, as it involves fitting bigger turbocharger and a new exhaust plus a little fiddle of the ECU.
Go for this option, and you’ll have 671bhp and 604lb ft bubbling away just under your right foot, ready to compact your internal organs at a moment’s notice. Bringing the conversation back to V12, we should probably point out the Stage II package gives the Vantage a power-to-weight that’s awfully close to that of the 12-cylinder DBS Superleggera. Now that’s a drag race we’d like to see…