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Old 04-29-2003, 06:26   #1 (permalink)
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Land Rover getting Jag engines

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Land Rover will indeed grab its powertrains for future product from parent company Ford, but donít look for the engines to wear a blue oval. While reports have placed a 4.0-liter Explorer engine in the next-generation Discovery and the next-gen F-150 V8 in future Land Rovers, Land Rover/Jaguar officials learned from the Mondeo/X-Type experience that the U.S. market doesnít stomach engine swaps between everyday Ford drivers and Premier Automotive Group vehicles. But powertrain love-ins arenít scratched altogether. Range Rover Sport, due in í04, gets a Jaguar supercharged V8 and possibly a Jaguar-tuned 250-hp 3.2-liter V6, while the 2005 Discovery could get a 300-hp Jaguar 4.2-liter V8.
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I think a good engine that will obviously get overlooked is the Australian 4.0L DOHC I-6 engine. It produces more horsepower and far greater torque than the Jaguar 3.2L V-6. To me this engine would be more suitable for a 4X4 than a small displacement low torque V-6.
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I must be a Ludite, I rather fancy the return to a wider model range and the re-introduction of the 300TDI.

In the UK the appeal is quite split, the Landie is either used purely on road or mostly off, with little in between.

So, for my tuppence worth, an engine capable of pulling at speed is as welcome as a unit with can pull at tick over. Pain is in finding compromise.

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the tdi was a good engine from what i can gather and from owners in the actlrc good fuel econemy tho i heard off idle torque was not that great with a large load like a car trailer or somthing but only seemed a problem in the manual model as the stall factor in the torque converter on the autos let the turbo boost up for easy take offs . the australian army only has defenders but thay use an isuzu diesel of about 3 liters or more that also seems to be a good engine
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Iíve had a number of LR engines over the years and find the 200 and 300 TDI engines to be by far the best they have produced.

Granted, when cold the 300 TDI engine will not pull the skin off a rice pudding but when warm will easily out chug any of the petrol variants.

Still, Mexico are remanufacturing the engines with an additional 35 BHP and 50 foot pounds, might make a tempting swap.

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