Increasing fuel economy and emission standards has forced Jaguar to consider a future without V8 engines.

Increasing fuel economy and emission standards has forced Jaguar to consider a future without V8 engines.

Speaking with Drive, Jaguar global product marketing director Steven de Ploey said the company is not "wedded to V8s" and can survive without them. Jaguar doesn't have any plans to phase out V8 engines but de Ploey said "When we have the technology that delivers intelligent performance at the same level" they will consider it. He went on to say "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."

Drastic changes are likely several years off but de Ploey said the company will embrace "intelligent performance" regardless if it is delivered through superchargers, turbochargers or some form of electrification.

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