Audi to develop new V8 and V6 engines
Top German premium car manufacturer Audi is planning to develop new V8 and V6 engines to feature in its new-generation vehicles and has entered into partnership with premium motor company Porsche. The joint engineering programme, which has been given the codename KoVoMo, will result in a new range of turbocharged petrol engines.The development of the engines is structured around a standard 90-degree architecture and will feature a 500cc cylinder capacity, which will give the new V8 overall displacement of 4.0-litres and the V6 displacement of 3.0-litres.
The new engines, when fully developed, will be used in Porsche and Audi vehicles and will have gas-driven turbochargers in the first production stage; however, this may change in the future and the companies may introduce electric turbochargers.According to sources, built-in tolerance levels will mean that the engines can be scaled in capacity. There is a possibility that Audi may bring in a 2.5-litre entry-level engine for the V6 featuring the Atkinson-cycle combustion process, which has already been used in the A4 2.0 TFSI Ultra's petrol engine.
If everything goes according to plan, the new V8 and V6 are likely to appear under the bonnet of future-generation Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Bentley, and potentially Lamborghini models.
Life at the top of the luxury car market is highly competitive; however, with the introduction of the new engines, Audi has its sights set firmly on replacing BMW as the world's number one car manufacturer.