Soon after ridding itself of the limp carcass when known as Rover more than 15 years ago, BMW — the former parent of Land Rover — looks like it may give V8 motivation to future Land Rover and Jaguar models.
According to Automobile, BMW desires an engine companion in order to amortize improvement of an upcoming 4.-liter twin-turbo V8, and Jaguar Land Rover could be that partner.
Jaguar Land Rover is doubling down on its new Ingenium family of inline, little-displacement engines. JLR will downsize the present crop of inline fours to create 1.five-liter three-cylinders and upsize them to spawn three.-liter inline sixes. However, creating an inline-eight would be significantly difficult due to the amount of area required for such an engine in an engine bay.
Enter BMW, which is currently developing a 500cc/cylinder 4.-liter twin-turbo V8. The Bavarian automaker is itself downsizing engines to hit regulatory benchmarks, but it still needs a V8 for its upper-crust automobiles. Jaguar Land Rover, as it focuses far more and more on creating its newly minted SVR sub-brand, could use BMW’s four.-liter V8 in place of its own AJ-V8-household supercharged five. liter. The AJ-V8 engine family has existed in numerous guises considering that 1996.
Expect the new four.-liter V8 to develop between 450 and 600 horsepower, the identical output as BMW’s existing four.4-liter V8, even though drinking less dino juice.
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