German carmaker Audi looks all set to bid goodbye to the V8 engine as it pushes towards an increasingly electric future.
The latest V8 from Audi which is already at work in the SQ7 and the Porsche Panamera Petrol and Diesel will be the last V8 to ever be put to work on any car bearing Audi's four rings. It will also make its way into other Volkswagen group owned cars like Bentley.
In the Audi SQ7 SUV 4-litre V8 engine uses two turbochargers and an electric blower which spools up the turbos so that they perform optimally regardless of what RPM the engine is turning over at.
The new V8 also finds itself at the heart of both the top end petrol and diesel variants of the newly unveiled 2017 Porsche Panamera sedan which made its debut at the end of June in Berlin.
The move is an expected one as Audi shifts towards hybrid and all-electric cars as it aims to get itself out of the quagmire that was the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal. The move towards an electric future is also being made to combat increasingly draconian emission norms across the world.
A source told Autocar UK, "By 2025, the plan of Audi management is to have between 25% and 35% of Audi's output as battery-electric vehicles.
"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. You have to ask what is the best use of investment money."