Now that American gas prices have caught up with the rest of the world's, the boys in Solihull have greenlighted a new diesel V8, beginning production in March 2006.
They plan on building two: an all-new 3.6 liter V8 diesel for the Range Rover and a re-tooled 3.0 liter version of the current 2.7 liter TDV6.
It's likely the new V8 diesel will see American shores first ' possibly as soon as 2006. The TDV6 will need to be re-engineered to meet stringent U.S. rules regarding emissions. Still, when they do arrive, American drivers will find the new engines to have more than ample power. The new 3.6 V8 will be based on the V6's Compact Graphite Iton (CGI) model and should deliver around 250 bhp and 'well over' 400 lbs. of torque, although exact numbers are still a ways off.
This new V8 clean-burning diesel engine will debut in the Range Rover, and eventually find its way into the LR3, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar's XJ, XK and S-Type models. Freelander enthusiasts can look forward to the 2.7 liter V6 diesel in 2008.
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