The all-new V8 engine introduced alongside the second generation Porsche Panamera Turbo is now expected to hit the wider VW Group – with first beneficiaries being the Audi and Bentley brands.
Porsche has recently confirmed its new assembly facility dedicated to building the new V8 engines will in fact work for the entire VW Group. Porsche’s new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 motor is now making its debut on the recently introduced all new second generation Panamera. It will then carry over to models across the Audi and Bentley brands – for example the next-generation Audi A8 and Bentley Continental GT. The current iterations of the vehicles, as well as other models in the Audi and Bentley rosters, make use of an Audi-sourced 4.0-litre, turbo V8. Meanwhile, Porsche’s setup has a ‘hot-vee’ layout, with the turbos placed between the two banks of cylinders – AMG was first to come up with the idea in the AMG GT. The advantages include increased power and higher efficiency.
The Panamera Turbo has 542 horsepower, just as much as the older Panamera Turbo S – and using an engine with 800cc less. It’s also 30 percent more fuel efficient, with engine cylinder deactivation technology and a modular architecture that can even support the introduction of a hybrid system. The new state-of-the-art V8 plant, recently inaugurated, cost €80 million ($89 million) and has 400 workers dedicated to finishing about 200 engines per day. It’s also equipped to handle the production of the powertrain for the all-electric Mission E production version.