Jaguar’s next generation F-Type will be a 2+2 aimed at the Porsche 911 and come with V8 power from BMW, claims Car Magazine.
Two years ago we reported that Jaguar Land Rover will replace their ageing Supercharged V8 engine with a new V8 from BMW, since when we’ve heard nothing more on the subject. Until now.
The AJ-V8 is a sweet engine, but it’s a relic of the Ford days and has probably reached the end of its development road, but with no alternative viable from JLR’s Ingenium engine range a new engine is needed if a V8 is to remain part of the JLR equation. Using a BMW V8 would be pragmatic for both BMW and JLR.
Now, Georg Kacher, writing for Car Magazine, is reporting that the next generation Jaguar F-Type – due in 2020 – will use BMW’s V8 and will not, despite recent rumours, be a mid-engined car but remain front engined and grow in to a 2+2.
That would put the F-Type up against the Porsche 911 – rather than sitting between the 718 and 911 as it currently does – and come with a lighter aluminium architecture than the current F-Type.
Kacher goes on to say that the new F-Type could also be offered with an electric powertrain in time, and that the BMW V8 will roll out across the rest of Jaguar and Land Rover’s high-end models.
Which all sounds appealing, pragmatic and sensible. If it happens.