Audi's New V8 Is The Last One The Company Will Make

Audi's new range of V8s - due to appear in multiple VW Group products - is likely to be the last family of eight-cylinder engines the company will make
Audi's New V8 Is The Last One The Company Will Make

Just when we were getting used to idea of the downsizing trend killing off Audi’s awesome 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, a company insider is predicting the death of V8s altogether in the firm. Speaking to Autocar, a source within Audi said that the company’s all-new V8 range will likely be the last eight-cylinder engine family it builds.

“By 2025, the plan of Audi management is to have between 25 per cent and 35 per cent of Audi’s output as battery-electric vehicles,” he said, adding: “It would be very difficult to justify the huge investment in another new V8 because of the cost of developing electric drivetrains and battery packs.”

Sad news for anyone who likes a jolly nice V8 burble (that includes us, of course), but at least the concept of a V8 will be going out on a high at Audi. The new hot V-style engine will soon be found under the bonnets of various Bentleys and the Lamborghini Urus, and is already powering the Porsche Panamera, giving it 542bhp to play with in the Turbo. Petrol versions will be used in future cars from Audi, and a diesel version is currently installed in the SQ7, where it includes fancy compressed air-blown turbo technology.

It’s set to get even more powerful too, with a 600bhp version expected for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Panamera S. A 600bhp V8 swan song? Sounds good to us.


Dat Boi

You might as well have said that all puppies will start dying :(

07/07/2016 - 11:29 |
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Juha Arkkukangas

In reply to by Dat Boi

Litter of kittens

07/07/2016 - 13:29 |
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what are puppies?

07/07/2016 - 16:21 |
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JenstheGTIfreak (pizza)

Nooooo Audi V8s are and sounds so awesome

07/07/2016 - 11:30 |
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Why won’t they make a V8 Hybrid power unit (like 918, P1 etc but less powerful). Yes, its not that efficient nor cheap, it may make the car very heavy and so on, but at least this way they could keep V8s for A8/S8/SQ7 and even RS6/7. Especially with cylinder shut-off technologies and so on, this would help them to keep V8s for as long as possible. So you can use electric power and 4 cylinders for city driving and full V8 power and sound on open roads and racetracks.

07/07/2016 - 11:31 |
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Cylinder shut off is already being used with the RS6/7 its V8

07/07/2016 - 11:45 |
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Freddie Skeates

They might as well have killed it off when they killed off the 4.2 FSI, that engine had real soul

07/07/2016 - 11:38 |
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Johannes Beutel

4.2 litre V8… “awesome”…

07/07/2016 - 11:41 |
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What do you mean?

07/07/2016 - 11:45 |
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No more V8…
So more V12

07/07/2016 - 11:46 |
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In reply to by BWOAH

07/07/2016 - 12:02 |
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Well, goodbye V8, goodbye life…

07/07/2016 - 11:53 |
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07/07/2016 - 11:59 |
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There’s no replacement for displ…

Wait. What?

07/07/2016 - 12:21 |
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That’s the only acceptable reason for getting rid of the V8s, fit 5cyl’s to everything

07/07/2016 - 13:37 |
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