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Making its debut in the new Porsche Panamera, the Stuttgart manufacturer’s 4.0 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine will enter service with upcoming models elsewhere in the greater Volkswagen Group. A new factory has been set up near Porsche’s manufacturing plant in Stuttgart, Germany for the production of the new engine that will also feature in upcoming Bentleys, Audis and of course, other Porsche models.

The new engine produces 550 hp at 5,750 rpm and 770 Nm of torque between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm, with 335 hp already available at 3,000 rpm. The twin-turbochargers are mounted within the cylinder banks for compact packaging and improved response, in a similar vein to the approach taken earlier by BMW and Mercedes-AMG.

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There’s technology to ensure it will be future-proofed for some time to come; cylinder deactivation enables the V8 to run on half its cylinder count on light throttle loads between 950 rpm and 3,500 rpm, which Porsche says can reduce fuel consumption by up to 30%. It is also optimised for stop-start systems, as well as for a hybrid powertrain. The latter could mean even more powerful series production Panameras and Cayennes to look forward to.

Being a modular design that’s loosely related to the 3.0 litre V6 turbo that also serves in the new Panamera, both are developed to mate with the VW Group’s MLB platform as well as the Porsche-developed MSB platform which the new Panamera deploys. In the case of the Panamera, a ZF eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission supersedes the seven-speed dual-clutch unit in the outgoing model.