The 4.0-liter V8 will soon be VW's go-to performance engine.
The future of Volkswagen V8 engines did not seem very bright. Rumors have circulated that Audi's latest diesel V8 engine in the SQ7 could be the brand's last. Audi may be moving towards turbochargers and hybrid drivetrains, but new reports say that the V8 may not be dead yet. Porsche has launched a new aluminum 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 for the new Panamera Turbo. This engine delivers 542 horsepower and can even deliver 335 horsepower at half engine speed. This new engine could be seeing a lot more usage.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said "Porsche's new engine plant will also contribute towards synergies within the Volkswagen Group." Porsche recently spent $88.6 million on the plant that builds 200 units per day of the new V8. It seems that Porsche's V8 will also see duty in the Audi A8 and Bentley Mulsanne. The Panamera Turbo can hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with this engine and a Turbo S model could pack as much as 600 hp. Despite the immense speed, this engine is 30% more efficient than its predecessor and is built with a modular structure that can accommodate a hybrid drivetrain.