2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Prototype vs. 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Sound Comparo

2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Prototype vs. 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R Sound Comparo 1 photo
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Now that Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG have finally started plucking the fruits of their collaboration, the time has come to look into the future, be it in the near- or medium-term and ask ourselves: which company will deliver the better soundtrack for Affalterbach's 4.0-liter V8?
Given the fact that the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R has only shown us its voice earlier today and the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage is still in the prototype phase, the answer might be difficult to deliver.

Then again, difficult doesn't equal impossible, so here we are, giving you a soundtrack comparo involving the two M178 bearers.

The first clip below shows us the Aston in its full test vehicle glory, with the next-gen V8 Vantage, spied earlier this week, having recently been spied in the proximity of the Nurburgring. The video might be short, but it does allow us to get a good taste of the twin-turbo V8 under partial load.

The now-old V8 Vantage was a car you could hear from a mile away and, with the help of a few engineering tricks, it looks like the turbo status of the new model won't affect its growl.

As for the R incarnation of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the automaker introduces it as its wildest street-legal machine to date and the Power God knows they've delivered some mind-blowingly wild contraptions over the years.

You can check out the soundtrack of the German beast in the second clip below. If you feel like skipping the part where AMG CEO Tobias Moers hoons the thing, you can skip to the 8:35 point, which sees reigning F1 champ Lewis Hamilton on the tarmac of the Brooklands Mercedes-Benz World  in Surrey, UK.

While the GT R massages the M178 to 577 hp (585 PS), we're not sure about the Aston Martin's output, but this should sit anywhere between this value and the 456 hp (462 PS) delivered by the "standard" Mercedes-AMG GT.

As for which of the two makes for a more exciting aural experience, we'll let you be the judge of that.

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