Porsche unveiled a new twin-turbo V8 engine at the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium yesterday. The engine will see use in future V8 applications across the VW Group and could find its way into various Audis, Bentleys, and even the Lamborghini Urus. We expect to see it first in the 2017 Porsche Panamera. The engine makes 549 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque, or 21 hp less than the 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Panamera Turbo S.
Welcome to the brave new world in which Porsche is a more-integrated part of the VW group. While the new engine puts out impressive numbers, it likely means that the Porsche-exclusive 4.8-liter is headed for the history books. Component sharing is nothing new – Porsche already uses other VW Group engines in its lineup – but it means the flat-four and flat-six engines in the 718 Boxter/Cayman and 911 will be the only unique powerplants remaining in the Stuttgart automaker’s offerings.