With Audi and Porsche under its umbrella, the Volkswagen Auto Group has some of the best engineering minds in the world at its disposal. And now, according to a report from Autocar, VAG is finally combining the knowledge of these two brands to develop modular V-6 and V-8 engines.
According to the report, these engines will all share the same 500 cc cylinder capacities and 90-degree setup. This would give the traditional V-6 a 3.0-liter designation and make the V-8 a 4.0-liter. Both engines will feature traditional turbochargers to boost output levels, but reports indicate that they are ready to take on electric turbocharging in the future.
Beyond these two traditional engines, there is also a report that Audi will use this modular architecture to create an entry-level Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter V-6 engine. This would help deliver the oomph expected of an Audi V-6 and great fuel economy.
Initially, these engines, which carry the codename KoVoMo, will replace Audi’s and Porsche’s existing V-6 and V-8 engines. After a successful rollout under these two brands, look for these engines to spread out to Bentley, VW, and maybe Lamborghini.
Once these engines are in full production and spread across all of the VAG, they should help keep the cost of VW Group cars in check. What’s more, this will also help decrease the cost of certain parts, as they will essentially be the same between more mainstream brands like VW and more exclusive brands like Porsche.
There is no rollout schedule yet, but look for an official announcement soon. Chances are that we’ll see these engines in Audi’s lineup first, as it will take some extra engineering to get these engines ready for Porsche consumption.
Stay tuned for more details.