Brabus' Startech program doesn't come cheap.
Brabus is known first and foremost for tuning Benzes. But Mercedes' own vehicles aren't the only ones that use Mercedes engines. So too, for example, do Aston Martins. And Brabus stands ready to tune those as well.
The German tuner's Startech division showcased a modified Aston Martin Vantage at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show several months ago, but now it's released more details on the package – including how much each of the components will cost you. Each component is available separately, but the long and short of it is that the entire package will set you back about twenty grand.
The body kit includes a front grille with carbon-fiber air intakes (€2,250), silver exhaust tips in a carbon bracket (€3,600), a carbon-housed reverse/fog light (€1,680), carbon air inserts in the fenders (€1,520), carbon rear fins for the diffuser (€1,850), and carbon mirror covers (€990). Add all those up for a total of €11,899 (before taxes), or about $13k at current exchange rates.
Then there are the wheels: 21-inch center-lock alloys from Startech's Monostar M series, with either 9-inch (€990) or 11.5-inch (€1,180) cross-sections with the buyer's choice of hub colors (silver, black, blue, or red).
The biggest mod that stands to make the biggest difference, however, is the PowerXtra engine-tuning kit for the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The kit increases output to 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque (not 572 as originally revealed) – up from 503 hp and 505 lb-ft – and will set you back €6,300 (or about $7k).
Add those all up (with the wider wheels) and you'll be looking at a solid €19,379, equivalent to about $21,550. This, of course, is on top of the $149,995 MSRP for a new Vantage, which isn't quite as much as the $200k+ DB11, but brings it that much closer.