STUTTGART -- Porsche will supply its new V-8 gasoline engine to parent Volkswagen Group’s Bentley and Audi brands from a new site near its 911 sports car plant in Stuttgart, Germany.
That will mean that the mechanical heart of the Bentley Mulsanne and Audi's revamped A8 flagship due next year will be built in Stuttgart.
“Porsche’s new engine plant will also contribute towards synergies within the Volkswagen Group,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said on Friday at the opening of the new factory.
The sports car maker invested nearly 80 million euros in the facility, where 400 workers are expected to build roughly 200 units of the fourth-generation engine every day, which will feature displacement on demand for the first time in a Porsche.
The 4.0-liter V-8 aluminum engine can deliver up to 542 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute, but it already offers 335 hp at half that engine speed. Twin turbochargers are located centrally between the two opposing banks of cylinders as opposed to the outside to give the engine more compact dimensions and improve performance and handling.
The powerplant will debut in the Panamera Turbo, which launches in early November. The Panamera Turbo can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds.
Despite its power, the engine is up to 30 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor thanks to its two-stage sliding camshaft that can deactivate four cylinders in partial load.