I'm really surprised at what you all say.
My V8 is purring smoothly, and is therefore very impressive when driven slowly past someone.
Typically, before my wife got used to it, she repeatedly told me that when I approached her at idle to pick her up, for instance, when coming from the garage 30 yards away, the car always made a huge impression upon her as this massive car came gliding silently with a very low pitched hum. She kept telling me how it always gave her the creeps, although she got used to it now.
I could compare the V8 with my older 1989 V6 jag as we had both for a couple of weeks. From the outside, the Jag (which was also a very quiet car) was louder and the sound quite different, much higher pitched.
But this does not only happen to my wife. Very often, people turn their heads at the car before I get past them, if, for instance, I'm driving in a small town at walking speed. In the summer, we were at the seaside in a crowded town, and had an unpleasant moment as, everyone became conscious of the car while it was at idle.
Then, the growl at acceleration is also a terrible head turner... 2 weeks ago, my wife was stopped at some traffic lights next to a high school. She was a bit in a hurry to get to the kindergarten to pick up our girl, and stepped on the accelerator when it turned green. She told me how she instantly regretted it, as all the teenagers's heads turned towards the car, to look at what produced this impressive sound.
It's impressive because it's very quiet, but very low pitched, and upon acceleration, you get a impressive deep growl that makes the difference with any other car. This effect may be accented by the fact that we have a very inconspicuous short silver version, that looks like any other passat.
We enjoy this inconspicuousness, so in fact, the volcano engine that produces such a deep and low powerful purr is a "problem" for us as it draws attention. We try to be very gentle on the throttle to keep it low.
Certainly no whining noise coming out from our V8.