If you’ve ever wondered how beefy an Oldsmobile Aurora with GM’s 4.0-liter Northstar V8 might sound like with an open-downpipe exhaust, you’re in luck. Thanks to a recently uploaded YouTube video, we get to hear just that, and the setup actually sounds quite good, considering there’s no exhaust system affixed to the car.
We have to wonder how much power the unobstructed L47 V8 now makes, sans an exhaust and with over 123,000 miles on the clock. From the factory, it was rated at 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which are rather pedestrian figures for a full-sized sedan that weighs nearly 4,000 pounds. However, it’s worth noting that the L47 Northstar V8 debuted with the Oldsmobile Aurora in 1995, and would only be used by one other model – the Caroll Shelby Series 1.
The L47 is a transversely-mounted engine, as it is used in a front-wheel drive application. And while enthusiasts might be inclined to deem it inferior to the beloved LS, or potentially even less useful due to torque steer, there’s no denying that they can still provide an aural experience that’s just as pleasing.
The person responsible for the video does offer a side note: a new exhaust is ready to be installed on this Olds, so those with delicate ears need not worry. From what we can see, it looks like it didn’t cause a ‘service engine’ light to appear, though there is an illuminated indicator on the left side of the gauge cluster.
So, whether you need a dose of automotive goodness this Christmas, or are patiently waiting for holiday dinner, we encourage you to hit play on the embedded video below, have a listen for yourself, and then let us know if you found the sound to be as pleasurably as we did, if you thought it to be tasteless, or maybe somewhere in between.
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