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Porsche isn't letting Europe's looming Euro 7 regulations get in the way of the future of its 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, as the automaker plans to keep it under the hood of several models beyond 2030. While that's great news, Porsche will eventually have to change the V8's tune to meet those said regulations.


Thomas Freimuth, head of Porsche's Panamera model line, spoke of the V8's future to the press at the recent Australian F1 Grand Prix. He said that the automaker is actively working to help the engine get through Euro 7 emissions regulations when they come into effect in July 2030, and while he is confident the V8 will survive, its wonderful soundtrack won't.


"We know this engine is ready for EU7, it’s no problem. We have to add some parts which are in development, so we are ready with this V8 to go to the EU7 regulations," Freimuth said to Car Sales. "This will be also possible without [a] hybrid system because they changed [EU7 regulations] a little bit."


"Even in the Panamera, for example, we have to deal with other regulations… about the exhaust noise level… it’s going down and down and down and down over the years and this also makes it more complicated to get a good emotion to our Panamera V8," he continued.



Porsche is working on ways to add an emotional soundtrack back to the V8, but Freimuth didn’t go into much detail on that. "We have to learn how to bring those [V8-like] emotions into our electric cars because the far future is electric so we have to find a solution for that," he said.


There's a chance Porsche could use synthetic noises to mimic the original V8, but buyers who want a truly authentic soundtrack will have to jump for a V8-equipped Panamera or Cayenne as soon as possible. "We’re working on it, you see it in the Taycan and there are big steps which we need to go," Freimuth said. "I think, for example, the V8 is all over the world… that’s where we are looking for emotional [inspiration], especially noises in the car, it’s very important."



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Apr 4, 2024
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Porsche Says Its V8 Isn't Going Anywhere, Will Keep It Alive Well Into 2030s

However, the engine will have to undergo changes to meet tightening regulations.

Porsche isn't letting Europe's looming Euro 7 regulations get in the way of the future of its 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, as the automaker plans to keep it under the hood of several models beyond 2030. While that's great news, Porsche will eventually have to change the V8's tune to meet those said regulations.


Thomas Freimuth, head of Porsche's Panamera model line, spoke of the V8's future to the press at the recent Australian F1 Grand Prix. He said that the automaker is actively working to help the engine get through Euro 7 emissions regulations when they come into effect in July 2030, and while he is confident the V8 will survive, its wonderful soundtrack won't.


"We know this engine is ready for EU7, it’s no problem. We have to add some parts which are in development, so we are ready with this V8 to go to the EU7 regulations," Freimuth said to Car Sales. "This will be also possible without [a] hybrid system because they changed [EU7 regulations] a little bit."


"Even in the Panamera, for example, we have to deal with other regulations… about the exhaust noise level… it’s going down and down and down and down over the years and this also makes it more complicated to get a good emotion to our Panamera V8," he continued.



Porsche is working on ways to add an emotional soundtrack back to the V8, but Freimuth didn’t go into much detail on that. "We have to learn how to bring those [V8-like] emotions into our electric cars because the far future is electric so we have to find a solution for that," he said.


There's a chance Porsche could use synthetic noises to mimic the original V8, but buyers who want a truly authentic soundtrack will have to jump for a V8-equipped Panamera or Cayenne as soon as possible. "We’re working on it, you see it in the Taycan and there are big steps which we need to go," Freimuth said. "I think, for example, the V8 is all over the world… that’s where we are looking for emotional [inspiration], especially noises in the car, it’s very important."



Image Credits: Porsche

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