With tighter emissions and fuel economy regulations looming, Jaguar may have to do more than make a small, fuel-efficient hatchback to lower its model range's consumption figures – it also might give up its venerable V8 power, Drive reports. But not anytime soon, says Steven de Ploey, Jaguar's product and marketing director, who recognizes that the V8 can be replaced only by something that offers the same, or better, performance. But he has a word of caution: "We are not wedded to V8s."

In the meantime, de Ploey says there are other ways to reduce emissions. One of the first steps Jaguar could take is to shift away from the use of superchargers, which aren't as good as turbochargers at maintaining efficiency and making power. But he adds that supercharging still is "at the heart of Jaguar's performance proposition," and that the company has addressed the current downsizing trend by "replacing our naturally aspirated V8 with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6."

Consider one of de Ploey's comments on the cancelled C-X75 supercar (pictured) for some clue about Jaguar's future: "Some of the stuff we have already exploited to the extreme in the C-X75 is the kind of thinking for us and is an essential test bed to see how we could evolve from today to something that is sustainable in the future."

Confused by Jaguar's direction? We are too. It doesn't help that the C-X75 doesn't seem to have the answer to replace the V8 – just some discarded mini-turbines, a 10,000+rpm four-cylinder generator and four electric motors. But the conservative British marque has been thinking outside the box lately...


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      Matt Clarke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I pray GM never has this vision. Long Live LS and LT V8's
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait for 0.7L quad tubro V2 !!! /sarcasm
      JonnyO
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to be real careful with this. Few things kill a luxury model's prestige like a poorly matched engine. Ask anyone tasked with selling the four-cylinder Lotus Esprit, any Cadillac from 1982, or the RLX's currently collecting dust at Acura dealers.
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      rboote
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own an XJ8 with the 4.2 v8 and it's fantastic, but V8s aren't part of Jag's heritage, and a smaller displacement engine with forced induction that creates more power with greater efficiency is a good thing.
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is the nicest Jag I have ever seen. Awesome. The Insect headlights really drew my eyes, as well as the high fender arches.. (even in the rear). Ill take it! :-)
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      A really high-tech inline six would be an awesome powerplant for future Jags.
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          Malcolm
          • 1 Year Ago
          what a load of BS. no harder than a V12 since it's just as long.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          Why are they hard to package? I owned a BMW 328is for a while. Excellent car. Easy to get to everything on the motor.
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          I think they retired the AJ16 because of age, & Ford did not want to invest any more in an elderly engine. The saw the modular engines as the way forward for Jag and Aston.
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's okay. Nobody except Top Gear UK guys wants Jag anyway.
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they envision a future without flaming XJ's?
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VL00
        I have only heard of Van Dyke's Jaguar doing that. Maybe you should be asking Ferrari about their 458s?
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the period 1948 to 2006 total US sales of Jaguars were about 780K (58 years of sales). Toyota sells nearly 2 million cars in the US annually.
        FreeThinker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Congratulations. You've correctly identified Jaguar as a niche luxury automobile manufacturer. That's like saying that liquor distributors sell 150,000 bottles of light beer for every bottle of champagne. Trust me, no one at Jaguar has intention of become Toyota.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mind their loss of the V8's too much, I just wish they developed a new straight 6 rather than their V6's.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      I couldn't care less about Jaguars lacking V8s. It's the lack of those wonderful I6s that bothers me. I'm not a stubborn purist about much, but Jags are one of those things.
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