Porsche released a video dedicated to the V8 on Valentine’s Day: in a two-minute video, the automaker recalled the history of iconic engines – from the very first 928 coupe and the racing RS Spyder to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, which set the Nürburgring record in its category, and the category sports prototype LMDh, which will start the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the American IMSA series next year.
Valentine’s Day coincided with the 45th anniversary of the Porsche V-8 engine, which was the reason for the “valentine” in video format. The video begins with the phrase: “It’s hard to believe, but this journey began 45 years ago: eight cylinders at an angle of 90 degrees to each other, forming a V. And it was love at first sight.” We are talking about the Porsche 928 coupe, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1977 and became the first car of the German brand with a V8. The model lasted on the assembly line until 1995.
This was followed by a big break in the history of the V-shaped “eight”. The next model with such an engine was the Cayenne, which appeared in 2002 and became the first four-door Porsche SUV. “Our love knew no bounds,” reads an excerpt from the first-generation crossover. The Cayenne record at the Nurburgring is also mentioned: at the end of 2021, a model with a V8 turbo engine boosted to 640 horsepower became the fastest in the SUV, off-road vehicle, van, pick-up category. The Cayenne Turbo GT cross-coupe crossed the Northern loop in seven minutes 38.925 seconds.
The video also shows the RS Spyder racing prototype, the civilian 918 Spyder, the Panamera, and one of Porsche’s latest developments, the Le Mans Super Hybrid, which is built on a Multimatic chassis and is powered by a 680-horsepower V8 petrol-electric unit. He will take part in the 2023 FIA WEC Championship in the LMDh category.
The video ends with “This Valentine’s Day, our hearts belong to V8.” In the current Porsche model line, there are seven models with such an engine (or it is part of hybrid installations): these are the Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo S, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, as well as the Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo GT.