Jaguar Land Rover and BMW can become partners soon. The first is rumored to purchase some eight-cylinder engines from the second in the future.
These BMW’s motors will replace Jaguar’s supercharged V8s. The next 2020 Jaguar F-Type will be the first to receive a BMW 4.4 liter twin-turbo-eight.
It sounds rather strange given that JLR is doing better than ever today, especially after finance backed from Indian Tata.
Jaguar is expending fast, its models like the XE, F-Pace and the first all-electric I-Pace are sold well. Moreover, Jaguar makes its own good engines and not clear, why the company wants to buy them from another automaker.
Probably, that’s because of emissions. The Jaguar’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 is aging, noisy and, alas, inefficient, with poor fuel economy and pollutants emitted.
Thought the British carmaker already has its Ingenium motor line, it still needs more performance engines. It is likely better to outsource them than to spend huge money for development of its own new line.
If the new Jaguar F-Type indeed gets a S63 BMW 4.4 liter V8, which produces from 625 hp and provides great acceleration, it will solve the problem with emissions and performance upgrade. Plus a BMW engine could help improve reliability.