Aston Martin DBX Spied at the 'Ring, Sounds Like an AMG-Powered SUV

We don't want to go into the whole V8 vs. V12, which sounds better, thing. However, there's no way gearheads won't get behind this Aston Martin DBX when it sounds like a machine gun tearing through some wood.
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It seems Aston has more than one of these doing testing, as while the yellow DBX was on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, an exact copy is lapping the Nurburgring. Frankly, we haven't seen that much of it at the track, which is understandable considering the limited production budget the company has.

Besides being the first SUV in the company's history, the DBX is also all-wheel-drive. Most of the people who buy one won't do any off-roading, but it should still be able to deal with a vacation in the Alps. Can you even imagine an Aston Martin crossing a river? Because it's probably never happened before.

The proportions are pretty unusual for an SUV, as the DSX has very little rugged cladding and a long hood. In a way, it reminds us of the Maserati Levant, which means it might not be an instant hit with the young guns. But they only need to sell a few thousand per year.

The trademark sound of a V8 means this bad boy is powered by the 4.0-liter bi-turbo, developed by AMG and already found in the DB11 and Vantage. Mercedes makes a variety of these engines, and we wouldn't be surprised if the DBX has a small range of versions.

We're also quite curious to see how Aston changes its interiors to suit the SUV lifestyle or if it does this at all. You'll probably have even more buttons and switches from Mercedes in there, probably combined with options like forged carbon trim and colorful leather.

We expect to see the full production model in late 2019 before cars go on sale in 2020. We expect a base price of around 200,000 dollars/euros.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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