Our favourite Jaguar engines - the V6s and V8s - aren’t actually made by the firm. They’re built at a dedicated facility within Ford’s Bridgend, Wales plant, but all that is set to end in 2020.
Ford confirmed this week that its engine supply deal with Jaguar would end in September 2020, three months earlier than previously thought. The withdrawal potentially puts hundreds of jobs at the Welsh plant at risk.
“In line with its contractual agreement established in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has served the required three years’ notice to Ford Motor Company for the supply of 6 and 8 cylinder petrol,” Jaguar Land Rover said, adding, “Ford has been, and remains an important strategic supplier to Jaguar Land Rover.”
So, what’s next for high-power Jaguars? JLR itself declined to comment on future engine plans when asked, but the company is thought to be working on a new, modular inline-six, based on its existing ‘Ingenium’ architecture. With the right level of turbocharging one of these anticipated 3.0-litre units could fill the V8 void, or JLR may choose to source an engine from elsewhere.
Mercedes-AMG could be an option, as could BMW. Whatever happens, the replacement is highly unlikely to be supercharged. Lie down, try not to cry…