Porsche and the V8 is a love story that began exactly 45 years ago. On Valentine’s Day, the German marque celebrates its relationship with the eight-cylinder that has powered some of its most iconic models over the decades.
With a touch of nostalgia and a look into the future, Porsche has created a special video that sums up its long relationship with the V8.
From the 928 GTS to a record-breaking SUV
It all started with the Porsche 928 and its 240 horsepower 4.5-litre V8, a model unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1977 and winner of the “European Car of the Year” award the following year.
It was the first and only sports car to receive this award, which helped make the car popular with over 61,000 sales worldwide.
Porsche 928 GTS
The V8 was also associated with the Cayenne, the brand’s first SUV produced from 2002. Initially available with powers of up to 550 horsepower, its presence has become a constant in the range, so much so that the Cayenne has become a real sportsman with its 640 horsepower Turbo GT version. It has also recently become the holder of the Nürburgring lap record in the SUV category, beating the previous record of the Audi RS Q8.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Let’s also not forget the Panamera (also available in a hybrid version) and Porsche’s first modern hypercar, the 918 Spyder, the latter also being equipped with an electric motor for a total output of 875 horsepower.
Porsche 918 Spyder
A future that takes shape in competition
The relationship between Porsche and the V8 has also extended to motorsport. In the early 2000s, the eight-cylinder powered the Cayenne S in the demanding TransSyberia Rally and the RS Spyder to class victories at Sebring and Le Mans.
The future of the V8 will still be shaped on the track, with a new chapter of history ready to be written. In 2023, Porsche’s hypercar will make its debut for the new LMDh category, combining a combustion engine with an electric unit to propel the brand towards possible new successes. But beware, the competition is likely to be fierce.