The Aston Martin DBX Probably Has an AMG V8 and Atrocious Rear Visibility

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Words don’t mean anything. Which is why when Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer saidour DNA doesn’t allow” for an SUV way back in the faraway time of 2015, that didn’t turn out to mean anything, either. The Aston Martin DBX SUV is coming, it sounds like it has the AMG V8 and you probably won’t be able to see a whole lot out of it.

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Recently, YouTuber cvdzijden uploaded a video of a DBX mule testing at the Nürburgring. The clip is short, but long enough for you to hear the deep, signature and guttural snarl of an AMG V8, which is what will likely power the DBX. Aston Martin says the car will be officially unveiled during the last quarter of 2019.

Frankly, the V8 doesn’t surprise me as much as the C-pillars do. I’ve driven enough of these luxury SUVs to know that fat C-pillars and a steeply raked rear window do not make for an easy time when it comes to over-the-shoulder glances.

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I know, I know—there will also be a backup camera and lane-change assists and blind spot monitors, but still! I like being able to see out of cars. Especially over the shoulder, as that’s traditionally a blind spot when it comes to driving.

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Also! Look at how tiny that rear window is. I can tell you right now that it will be hard to see anything behind you out of that thing. Especially with that little upwards-slanting lip under the glass.

Can’t wait for this. If I ever see one of these on the road, I am staying well away from the rear hindquarters.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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This is an excellent preview in terms of breakdown.

However, in just brings in to stark relief that gone are the days of Fancy Kristen, who wouldn’t give-a-heck about anything so trivial as “behind her”. She’d just toss a blank check at the pleb she hit and stomp on the loud pedal as she spirited away to some uber-yacht.

Serious Kristen is now among us. Serious Kristen does really good write ups now, with considered consumer advice. I’m here for it.

But Fancy Kristen, well, I guess she has to go the way of Top Gear era Jeremy Clarkson. I guess it’s true what they say about the stars that burn the brightest....