A once uncertain future has been confirmed.
Jaguar Land Rover has been through some challenging times of late, but a $705 million loan has at least secured the company's immediate future has. Jaguar might have to pivot to an all-electric brand to survive longterm, however, but before that happens, what's to become of its familiar powertrains, such as the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (codenamed AJ) found in the Jaguar F-Type, Range Rover, and, soon, the new Land Rover Defender?
According to Autocar, JLR has just made a deal that will see it assume production of that V8. Up until now, it had been manufactured at a Ford plant in the UK that will soon shut down.
JLR will move all of the required production equipment and, perhaps, some of the plant's workforce, from Wales to its engine manufacturing center in the West Midlands. In the build-up to the move, the soon to shutter engine plant is churning out supercharged V8s at a higher rate than normal in order to ensure an adequate supply during the changeover period. This supercharged V8 is safe for now, but not forever.
New fuel economy emissions regulations will kick in relatively soon, but the report further claims V8 production will continue for about another three to five years. Eventually, JLR is expected to switch to a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter turbocharged V8.
Interestingly, that V8 may not even be offered in JLR's Europe lineup due to expected decreased eight-cylinder demand, but not so for America and the Middle East. In fact, it's because of those markets the supercharged V8 isn't dead already. JLR concluded there's still a viable business case to justify the expensive process of transferring engine plant operations. Enthusiasts can now breathe a collective sigh of relief knowing their beloved supercharged V8 isn't going anywhere just yet.
Eventually, however, JLR will have no choice but to pull the plug entirely, but that's a problem for another day.