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Porsche to use its V8 engine to into the next decade

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The trend of downsizing engine capacity may be prevalent now, but Porsche seems unwilling to halt the use of V8 engines. Despite increasingly stringent emissions standards, engineers at Zuffenhaus are always one step ahead.

Their eight-cylinder engine has been fine-tuned to comply with the latest Euro 7 standards, even though its implementation has been postponed from 2025 to 2030.

In an interview with the Australian magazine Car Sales, Thomas Freimuth, the head of the Porsche Panamera model line, revealed that new components are being developed to comply with Euro 7 standards.

He stated, “We found that this engine is ready for Euro 7, no problem. We need to use some components that are currently under development, so we are ready with this V8 to comply with Euro 7 standards.”

Freimuth also mentioned that the permissible exhaust noise level is expected to decrease, with stricter legislation complicating the process of delivering more emotion to our Panamera V8.

However, even though the V8 will continue to be used beyond 2030, it is likely that not many Porsche models will be equipped with the 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine by the end of the decade.

In the Annual and Sustainability Report 2023, released last month, Porsche expects to sell over 80% electric vehicle models annually by 2030. Nevertheless, they emphasized that achieving this goal depends on “the demand of our customers and the development of electromobility in specific regions of the world.”

Porsche’s foray into electric vehicles began with the Taycan in 2019, followed by the fully electric second-generation Macan. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are expected to follow suit in 2025.

The successor to the current Cayenne has also been confirmed to be an electric vehicle without an internal combustion engine. Meanwhile, the 911 won’t become a fully electric model this decade, but a hybrid version will debut in the middle of this year with the 992.2 facelift.

Porsche aims to continue using internal combustion engines (ICE) with nearly carbon-neutral synthetic fuel, which they are currently developing in Chile.

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