Porsche Predicts Bigger Displacement Engines Coming Back

New regulations in Europe and around the world will mean that there once again won’t be a replacement for displacement, as far as Porsche is concerned.

“We will see a big change because it means for everybody, new engines and we will see bigger displacements coming back again,” Frank-Steffen Walliser, head of Porsche Motorsport told Wheels.com. “I expect 20 percent more displacement on average for these EU7 capable engines. A lot of manufacturers will jump from four to six, from six to eight [cylinders].”

EU7 regulations are slated to come in 2026, so the changes aren’t too far away. Whether that will give the VR6 a new lease on life remains to be seen. Walliser promises, though, that Porsche will do whatever it needs to to keep the flat-six alive. 

“We want to keep six cylinders, for sure, but we will have to overwork it, we will have to make a new engine,” he told Wheels. Still, there will be work to do if Porsche wants to keep up with everyone else.

“At the moment, we only see a turbo solution. Naturally aspirated, not really,” he says. “There will come a day, within the next 10 years, when we have to say ‘Now this is the last of its kind.”