LAND ROVER TO GO BACK TO BMW EN­GINES

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Those who have fol­lowed the Land Rover story over the past cou­ple of decades might re­mem­ber the days (1994-2000) when both Land Rover and Jaguar were owned by BMW. Back then, Land Rover was mak­ing use of their par­ent com­pany's ex­cel­lent en­gine-build­ing ex­per­tise with a cou­ple straight-six diesels work­ing their way into the Euro­pean mar­ket. Well, it seems as though Land Rover has come full cir­cle as Au­to­mo­bile is re­port­ing that Jaguar Land Rover is set to phase out their iconic 5.0L su­per­charged V-8’s in favour of more ef­fi­cient tur­bocharged V-8’s built by the Bavar­ian brand.

While the su­per­charged beau­ties make all the right noises, the fact is, JLR are in need of up­graded pow­er­trains. Go­ing back to the draw­ing board is an ex­pen­sive hin­drance, es­pe­cially if BMW is of­fer­ing a part­ner­ship. Au­to­mo­bile are re­port­ing that the said V-8’s are still in the de­sign phase and will have a dis­place­ment of 4.0L. That’s about all we know, but ex­pect these new V-8’s to be a lighter and more fuel ef­fi­cient pack­age than the out­go­ing 4.4L that cur­rently pro­duces any­where be­tween 440 to 600 hp in.

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