Porsche’s V8 engine celebrates 45 years. At present, it powers seven models of the brand, including hybrid ones.
Unlike some other automakers, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer does use the V8 engine in its popular models and will continue to equip its future vehicles with it, such as the 2023 Porsche LMDh that combines the V8’s power with hybrid technology. This race car will start to take part in competitions next year.
An eight-cylinder characterful V8 engine debuted under the hood of the Porsche 928 at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show. Since then Porsche has used the engine in the 918 Spyder and multiple generations of the Cayenne and Panamera models.
Currently, the V8 is a heart of seven models of the brand – three Panameras (GTS, Turbo S, Turbo S E-Hybrid), and four Cayennes (GTS, Turbo, Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Turbo GT).
The range-topping Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT (pictured) set an SUV lap record of 7:38.9 minutes at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The hybrid V8 Porsche vehicles are fast, responsive, and fuel-efficient, equally capable on country roads or paving.
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid PHEV, for example, consumes, according to the WLTP test, 4.0-3.8 l/100 km (≈53-55 mpg EPA); its electric consumption is 25.9 – 25.3 kWh/100 km. Its combined power is 500 kW (680 HP); 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration takes 3,8 seconds; the top speed is 295 km/h (183 mph).