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Jaguar Land Rover May Drop V-8 Engines From its Lineup

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Jaguar_Land Rover's V-8-powered lineup may not be especially fuel-efficient, but at wide-open throttle behind the wheel of an F-Type SVR or Range Rover Sport SVR, we doubt many people will care. The invigorating exhaust note simply drowns out any negative feelings. But in a few years, a V-8 may not even be an option on the most expensive Jaguar Land Rover products.

Autocar reports that JLR plans to completely revamp its lineup between now and 2024. Beyond introducing redesigned models built on new platforms and increasing electrification, it will reportedly overhaul its engine offerings. Autocar says a new inline-six and inline-three are in the works, with electric turbochargers coming standard across the board. But there's one thing JLR reportedly isn't working on: a V-8. Without citing sources, the report says the British marque will eventually kill off the eight-cylinder option.

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Autocar doesn't give a timeline for the phase-out, but if it does happen we'd guess it won't be anytime soon. The good news is, even without a V-8 in its lineup, it doesn't sound like JLR plans to abandon sporty models altogether. Instead, Autocar reports that a high-performance version of its new inline-six will be used. If so, it won't be the same, but we trust JLR to at least make it sound good. Plus, with electric turbochargers, throttle response should be impressive.

When asked for a comment, a spokesperson for JLR said they "remain committed to offering a variety of powertrain options to satisfy the needs of our customers in the U.S. and around the world. That means a variety of ICE engines—4-, 6-, and 8-cylinders, both turbocharged and supercharged, gas and diesel—hybrids and even full EVs, like the I-Pace, are on offer in our lineup. "

The spokesperson reiterated JLR's intent to offer some form of electrification on every one of its models by 2020, but said, "The internal combustion engine still very much remains a planned part of our product portfolio for the foreseeable future." We hope that includes V-8s, because we'd really miss that sweet, sweet supercharged growl.

Source: Autocar 

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