Porsche has confirmed that its new factory dedicated to producing V8 engines will supply all Volkswagen Group brands.
Porsche's new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 motor will first be seen in the recently-unveiled, all-new Porsche Panamera. It will subsequently be rolled out in Audi and Bentley products, such as the next-generation Audi A8 and Bentley Continental GT. The current versions of those cars, and others in the Audi and Bentley ranges, use an Audi-developed engine 4.0-litre, turbo V8.
Porsche's V8 features a 'hot-vee' layout, with the pair of turbos sited between the two banks of cylinders - AMG pioneered the concept on the AMG GT. The layout helps produce more power and boosts efficiency.
With the new engine, the latest Porsche Panamera Turbo produces 542 horsepower, as much as the old Panamera Turbo S from an engine 800cc smaller. It's also 30 per cent more fuel efficient, thanks in part to cylinder deactivation. And the engine's modular architecture can support a hybrid system.
The state-of-the-art V8 factory, which opened just week, cost €80 million ($89 million). Its 400 workers are expected to produce around 200 engines every day. It will also produce drivetrains for the all-electric Mission E, which is expected to go on sale in 2018.
The facility is part of a wider €700 million ($776 million) investment programme at Porsche's Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen base, which has been the marque's home for more than 60 years.
Source: Automotive News Europe