- Porsche released a lighthearted video today in honor of Valentine’s Day, but really as a way to show the automaker’s love for the V-8 engine.
- Porsche introduced a V-8 in the 928 in 1977. Back then, the engine produced 240 horsepower.
- The V-8 in the2021 Panamera Turbo spits out up to 620 hp.
It may be Valentine’s Day, but apparently Porsche is not expressing its feelings for all-electric powertrains or V-6s. Nope, today Porsche is in love with V-8 engines. And to prove it, the company has released a short video gushing over its own special history with V-8 engines. Just wait until Porsche learns that the V-8 doesn’t have any monogamous feelings toward Porsche.
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The video explains how Porsche has been using V-8 engines for 45 years, starting with the 928 in 1977. “Eight cylinders, 90 degrees from one another in the form of a V,” the video says. “It was love at first sight.” The video then runs through a bit of Porsche V-8 history, from the Cayenne to the Panamera to racing on the Nürburgring to that time the V-8 went to college and experimented with electric power in the 918 Spyder. That vehicle “made us fall in love all over again,” the narrator says. “Now, on to a new challenge and a new era combining ideas old and new as our hybrid V-8s take to the track.”
Porsche has expressed its love for the V-8 before, like five years ago for the 40th anniversary. Then, the company explained how this first V-8, part of the 4.5-liter lightweight alloy engine in the 928, was not the first Porsche to use eight cylinders, but it was the first to arrange the cylinders in a new shape. A heart-like V, of course. Porsche said that engine had a “conspicuously low compression ratio of 8.5:1” and could use 91-octane gasoline.
Porsche’s original V-8 engine produced 240 horsepower at 5500 rpm, while the second version—found in the 928S in 1979—displaced 4.7 liters and produced 300 hp. Things have come a little way since then. The V-8 in the 2021 Panamera Turbo S produces a maximum of 620 horsepower.
Someday, Porsche may be over the V-8. But not today.
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