Porsche to Make V8 Engines for All VW Group Brands at Zuffenhausen

Roughly four decades ago, a test mule left the Porsche R&D center in Weissach with a V8 under its hood. Forty years later, Porsche manufactures V8 gasoline- and diesel-fed engines for the second generation of the Panamera at a new plant in Zuffenhausen.
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Diesel is Satan’s fuel, which is why I won’t continue to bore you to death with it. Instead, I want to talk about the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 blunderbuss that helped the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo set the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record for the fastest production sedan money can buy.

Thanks to a pair of twin-scroll turbos integrated into the V of the cylinder banks, the engine is more than just an exercise of compact packaging. It’s the best the German automaker has to offer in the realm of the V8.

Still, Porsche AG is part of the Volkswagen Group and you know that things are too rosy for them because of the financial burden known as the Dieselgate scandal. Even though Porsche doesn’t say it explicitly, all V8 engines for the Volkswagen Group will be built at the new facility in Zuffenhausen to cut costs and to streamline production and logistics.

In other words, the twin-turbo V8 powerplants in Audi and Bentley models will be built by Porsche. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will also find its way under the hood of the long-awaited Lamborghini Urus, the spiritual predecessor of the LM002 “Rambo Lambo” from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

According to the Zuffenhausen-based automaker, the new plant and its 400-strong workforce can produce just about 200 V8 engines a day at the present moment. In the near future, Porsche will expand the recently inaugurated plant to manufacture electric drives for its first battery-electric sports car.

And yes, that car will be based on the awe-inspiring Mission E Concept and rumor has it will mop the floor with the best Tesla Motors has to offer.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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