Jaguar and Land Rover’s AJ supercharged V8 gasoline engine is ubiquitous in the ranges of both brands. Usually found in high-end cars like the Jaguar F-Type SVR (and now in the F-Type R), the 5.0-liter also powers other JLR cars regardless of size and type, like the Land Rover. Defender Works. Needless to say, the AJ V8 is an important powerhouse for these two British brands.
But the future of the AJ V8 became uncertain when Ford announced the closure of the Bridgend plant last summer. It’s worth noting that this manufacturing facility produces the JLR engine, but that’s about to change next month.
In a report from Autocar, JLR allegedly confirmed that it would transfer production of the AJ V8 engine to the JLR engine manufacturing center in Wolverhampton, UK. The move will include equipment and possibly labor, which will occur as part of a “lift and shift” operation.
“Manufacturing of the JLR designed V8 gasoline engines previously manufactured at Bridgend will be moved to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Center, with more details to be confirmed at a later date,” JLR said, according to the report released by Coach.
For now, the Bridgend plant is reportedly producing the AJ V8 engine at a faster rate to act as a buffer while the move to Wolverhampton takes place next month. The Ford Sigma and Dragon engine assembly, on the other hand, has been reduced to make room for the boost.
Coach also reported that the AJ V8 engine will remain active for the next three to five years. JLR will then adopt BMW’s V8 as part of the new deal.
With that in mind, will the next Defender V8 be powered by a supercharged AJ or a BMW? Your guess is as good as ours.