The growing trend of disappearing V8s seems to continue as Land Rover enthusiast site OvalNews.com has stumbled upon a 2014 model year Range Rover marketing bulletin. And in that bulletin says a line: “The Range Rover (when available), and HSE trim levels will be powered by a new 3.0L supercharged V6 engine in place of the naturally aspirated 5.0L V8.”
So it appears that you can no longer get a V8 in the full-size Range Rover. Now that’s a bit disappointing to hear as one of the defining characteristics of the Range Rover was its silky smooth, yet robust V8 power.
Check out all the details on the 2013 Range Rover here.
The now outgoing Jaguar-sourced 5.0L AJV8 was good for 375hp and 375 lb-ft of torque and the 3.0L V6 replacing will reportedly produce 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 drops from swift 6.5 seconds to a humdrum 7.1 but fuel economy apparently jumps two mpgs in both the city and highway departments, including a drop in CO2 emissions.
But so far, this bit of news surrounds the naturally aspirated V8. Let’s hope the supercharged V8 is still available for the Range Rover HSE Supercharged.
– By: Chris Chin