The German automaker has recently announced the introduction of an all new biturbo V8 engine, to be used inside the new Panamera Turbo and coming up with 541 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche has actually been rather hush-hush with the unveiling of the new biturbo V8 engine, quietly shown at the Vienna Motor Symposium. The new mill will be first used inside the next-generation Cayenne sport utility vehicle and Panamera four door sedan and has been developed loosely starting from the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that is found inside the Audi S4. The company is still keeping some details under wraps – such as the displacement – but announced it will feature a cylinder deactivation system with a so-called “half-engine mode.” The latter would kick in at “low loads between 950 and 3500″ rpm and will drop the fuel consumption by up to 30 percent.
The engine will also be used across many other models and the engineers worked to make sure it’s optimized when combined with start/stop systems and hybrid applications. It will also be compatible with front-wheel-drive models based on Audi’s MLB platform, besides the rear-wheel-drive models stemming from Porsche’s MSB architecture. It can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission or an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Inside the Panamera Turbo, it will develop 541 horsepower (549 PS / 404 kW) and 567 pound-feet (770 Nm) of torque, making it more powerful than the previous biturbo 4.8-liter V8, but with “significantly reduced” CO2 emissions.