Currently reading: Jaguar Land Rover to continue AJ V8 production in-house
Future secured for supercharged engine, which had been uncertain after Ford announced Bridgend closure
Julian Rendell
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26 August 2020

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will take over production of the 'AJ' supercharged petrol V8 in Wolverhampton after Ford shuts its Bridgend plant next month, Autocar can confirm.

The future of the engine – which is used in everything from the Jaguar F-Type to the Range Rover (and set to be used in the new Land Rover Defender) – had been uncertain since last summer, when Ford announced the closure of the facility where it has been built since 1996.

It has now emerged that JLR will transfer the production equipment, and possibly some of the workforce, from Wales to the West Midlands in a ‘lift and shift’ operation.

A statement from the firm read: “Manufacture of the JLR-designed V8 petrol engines previously made at Bridgend will move to the JLR Engine Manufacturing Centre, with further detail to be confirmed at a later date.”

Ford says production at Bridgend is now focused on work for “third parties” (JLR), with assembly of the Ford Sigma and Dragon engines already having been wound down. Bridgend is understood to have been building the AJ at a higher rate than required in order to build up buffer supplies while the production line is moved.

Sources suggest the AJ, now in its third generation, will continue in production for three to five years. The timing is likely to coincide with the introduction of EU7, an inevitably more stringent next step of European Union emissions regulations.

At that point, JLR is expected to adopt BMW’s V8 as part of a wide-reaching powertrain deal, as demand for this engine type dwindles in Europe but stays buoyant in the US and the Middle East.

Strong demand for the current V8 in those markets is a key motivator for JLR taking over its production and continuing to build it.

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Pietro Cavolonero 26 August 2020

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Mikey C 26 August 2020

Good news, though surprising

Good news, though surprising they've done an agreement with BMW for their V8 yet now won't use it for several years

Bimfan 26 August 2020

Must be getting the

Must be getting the manufacturing and rights for zero cost, or this surely wouldn't be worth it.

Seems flawed thinking to me, either develop the Ingenium straight six (an inherently more Jaguar configuration) or buy the AMG V8 like Aston have done.

In future terms, the V8 will only last a few more years, if they continue to tighten emission regs.

It's a good engine, but not a great one and now too old, too heavy and too thirsty, and yes I have owned an XK with it fitted.

Marc 26 August 2020

As already said, the Ingenium

As already said, the Ingenium 6 doesn't fit in all models so they need to retain this unit until all models that will utilise the 6 are shifted across to the new platform