Company is turning its focus to battery electric vehicles.
Audi could eventually eliminate V8 engines as company increases it commitment to eco-friendly vehicles.
According to a company insider who spoke to Autocar, “By 2025, the plan of Audi management is to have between 25% and 35% of Audi’s output as battery-electric vehicles." The unnamed informant went on to say this would make it hard to justify the development of an all-new V8 engine as the company is clearly focusing on electric vehicles.
If the rumours pan out, the company's latest V8 engine could eventually become its last. The engine, which recently debuted in diesel guise in the SQ7, is a biturbo 4.0-litre V8 which produces 435 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in 4.8 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 249 km/h (155 mph).
The engine will eventually find its way into the new Porsche Panamera and the source said that particular version is “really, really impressive."
A gasoline variant is also in the works but it appears the V8 engines will eventually be phased out as Audi embraces an eco-friendly future. There's no word on when this will occur but hopefully the V8 still has plenty of life left in it.