Aston Martin DB11 V8 Prototype on Nurburgring Sounds Just Like a Mercedes-AMG GT

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Aural pedants - this is how we've decided to label those who claim the Aston Martin DB11 prototype in the piece of footage below has been ruined by the Mercedes-AMG GT soundtrack shown during its recent Nurburgring testing.
This isn't the first time when the future V8 incarnation of the DB11 shows up, but the prototype's Nordschleife stint allows us to get a good taste of its soundtrack. And yes, the dB side of this Gaydon machine doesn't make any effort to conceal the Affalterbach origins of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the long hood.

We'd like to start by pointing out the vee-eight DB11 is far from having reached its final form, which means the engineers might find the time to install an exhaust setup that will differentiate the Aston from the Mercedes-AMG GT.

Also, while it might seem wrong to have a British Grand Tourer with the same voice as a British supercar, this isn't that much of an issue, especially since the V8 generating the decibel fest here is nothing short of music to our ears - just listen to the way in which the voice of the car fills the Green surroundings of the Nordschleife.

Oh, and by the way, we don't remember people being upset about the Audi R8 sounding similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo - as proven by the YouTube comments of the video that shows the DB11 prototype flying on the Green Hell, the folks we mentioned in the intro do exist.

The Nurburgring Gods have been generous

However, we have to admit that the soundtrack of a Nurburgring prototype can tell us quite a lot about the upcoming machine. And today was a brilliant day for making such a point. From the is-it-FWD? 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and the uninspiringly quiet 2018 Audi S5 Sportback to the brutishly-sounding 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Facelift, we've started the week with quite a bang.

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