It will show up first in the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo packing an impressive 549 horses and 576 pound-feet of torque. But that’s just the beginning. It will likely go into the next Cayenne as well. Plus, it will reportedly underpin vehicles across the entire VW Group. So we’re talking various Audis, Bentley’s and even Lamborghini Urus.
This isn’t a complete surprise. Audi’s new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, launched in the new S4 and Panamera bound as well, will also end up in a number of the VW Group’s upmarket models.
It’s all part of VW’s strategy to integrate its brands. Yes, it seems exclusivity isn’t all it used to be — well except for the 718 Porsche Boxter, Cayman and 911. Their flat-four and flat-six engines could end up being the only unique remaining powertrains among VW’s nameplates.
Car and Driver points out the new V8 engine features cylinder deactivation and is optimized for future hybrids. It also saves fuel, consuming 30 percent less gas than its predecessor. It will be mated to both an 8-speed automatic and ZF’s dual-clutch 8-speed.
The new V8 marks the end of the 4.8-liter V8 engines currently offered in the Panamera and Cayenne.