After ridding itself of the limp carcass once known as Rover over 15 years ago, BMW â€” the former parent of Land Rover â€” looks like it might provide V8 motivation toÂ future Land Rover and Jaguar models.
Jaguar Land Rover is doubling down on its new Ingenium family of inline, small-displacement engines. JLR will downsize the current crop of inline fours to createÂ 1.5-liter three-cylinders and upsize themÂ to spawn 3.0-liter inline sixes. Unfortunately, developing an inline-eight would be considerably difficult due to the amount of room needed for such an engine in an engine bay.
Enter BMW, which is currently developing a 500cc/cylinder 4.0-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 vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover, as it focuses more and more on developing its newly minted SVR sub-brand, could use BMW’s 4.0-liter V8 in place of its ownÂ AJ-V8-family supercharged 5.0 liter. The AJ-V8Â engine familyÂ hasÂ existed in various guises since 1996.
Expect the new 4.0-liter V8 to develop betweenÂ 450 and 600 horsepower, the same output as BMW’s current 4.4-liter V8, while drinking less dino juice.
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