With the presentation of Jaguar’s new AJ-V8 Gen III direct-injection engine on the revamped XF and XK range it is only a matter of time before Land Rover replaces the current 4.2-liter V8 with the new powerplant. A reader of Car Online captured a prototype version of the 2010 Range Rover in the UK and, as confirmed through a registration plate check, the luxury SUV was indeed equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 gasoline unit.
Jaguar’s version of the new 5.0-liter V8 is available in both naturally aspirated and supercharged forms delivering 385-hp and 510-hp respectively. According to the British firm, the AJ-V8 Gen III direct-injection engines not only deliver more power and performance than their 4.2-liter V8 predecessor, but they are also more fuel efficient and produce less CO2 emissions.
Aside from the new V8 powerplants, the 2010 model year Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will benefit from a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine available in 240-hp and 275-hp versions while it is also expected that both SUVs will receive minor styling tweaks.
Via: Car – Photos: Daniel Harrison