700hp Aston Martin Vantage!


While not a flawless car, it would be hard for anyone to take issue with the Aston Vantageโ€™s V8 engine. The 4.0-litre is, after all, fundamentally an AMG engine, the โ€˜hot-Vโ€™ hell-raiser thatโ€™s done such sterling service in everything from AMG GT to E63. Brimming with boundless power and torque, accompanied by a rousing soundtrack, itโ€™s everything youโ€™d hope for in a modern Aston sports car engine. Still, everything isnโ€™t enough for some peopleโ€ฆ

McChip-DKR in Germany clearly houses a few of those people, the company having now released its range of upgrades for the Vantage โ€“ culminating in the 700hp Stage 3 package. Thatโ€™s 190hp more than standard, and the accompanying 623lb ft torque peak is 118lb ft extra, so rather a lot. Itโ€™s achieved through โ€“ youโ€™ve guessed it โ€“ a rework of the ECU, but also new downpipes and sports cats, plus a rework of the turbocharger twins. To improve efficiency and response, the turbos feature new compressor and turbine wheels, as well as โ€œadapted inlets and outletsโ€, presumably to get the air in and out quicker than standard.


With a 0-62mph of 3.6 seconds as standard, the DKR upgrades will not have much impact on standing start acceleration. But it will once up to speed, as shown in the test video; always useful to have an autobahn on hand to validate your work. 62-124mph now takes just 7.1 seconds, for example, which is damn quick. The top speed is 200mph.

This is all work familiar from what other tuners have achieved from the engine in AMG installations, but thereโ€™s something incongruous โ€“ and quite appealing โ€“ about the same mayhem being unleashed with the engine powering an Aston Martin. This is, letโ€™s not forget, pretty much DBS Superleggera power and torque in a smaller, lighter vehicle. Naturally, this tuning invalidates the Aston warranty, though DKR says that all work has been โ€œdeveloped and tested with the utmost careโ€. Itโ€™s also โ‚ฌ15,000, which is a significant amount of cash. Itโ€™s a significant amount of power, though, and might be quite hard to give up once itโ€™s been experienced.


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  • nicfaz 19 Jul 2019

    I was about to post "oohhh not sure about the longevity" but then remembered that it's an AMG engine, so nah, you'll be fine!

  • Addymk2 19 Jul 2019

    $15k for an off the shelf map? What's stopping a proper tuner with a rolling road bespoke mapping these for less than 10% of that?

  • AmosMoses 19 Jul 2019

    Addymk2 said:
    $15k for an off the shelf map? What's stopping a proper tuner with a rolling road bespoke mapping these for less than 10% of that?
    Read the article...

  • Krikkit 19 Jul 2019

    Addymk2 said:
    $15k for an off the shelf map? What's stopping a proper tuner with a rolling road bespoke mapping these for less than 10% of that?
    With new headers, cats, turbo bits and various tinkery I think that sounds pretty cheap.

  • unsprung 19 Jul 2019



    Setting aside for a moment the mechanical work:

    Just look at the beautiful arc of the body line (in the first and second photographs of this article).

    Just achingly beautiful. Really, this is a good reminder that we tend to put up with a lot that is bland, out there. And not only in the form of vehicles.


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