Porsche Might Develop Flat-8 Engine
No, the flat-eight isn't destined to replace the turbocharged flat-six in the "mean" versions of the 911. Instead, the powerplant has a higher purpose in life, as it will power Porsche's potential supercar.
The German carmaker wants to create a model that could take on Ferraris and Lamborghinis, but such a car would need a "dedicated" engine. First of all, because the supercar market requires special engines and secondly because the current flat-six only plays in the four-liter league.
Of course, Porsche could use the twin-turbo V8 from the Cayenne and Panamera, but, like we said, this would give its future product a proper image. And there's more to this project than meets the... wrench, as the engine might have a strong connection to a future family of Porsche engines.
Basically, we are talking about a modular architecture, which will also serve for the next generation of flat-6 engines and flat-4 units. We feel the need to mention that the last type of mills will be a turbocharged one and is destined for Porsche's future entry-level vehicle, a project that hasn't blessed us with any official information yet.