If hearing the name “Land Rover” doesn’t get you goosebumps, then probably you are an alien or not into vehicles. Because of the practicality and popularity this company has acquired, many celebrities and even her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom use the cars made by this great brand. Whoa!
Land Rover is one of the most admired automakers of the planet. Moreover, this appreciation which Land Rover has got is due to the combination of immense luxury & quality that each of its cars consistently delivers. Is that over-ornamentation? For all one knows. However, let me make my case, and you’ll surrender.
If you spend a moment just talking about Land Rover’s performance on the road, it’s terrific. All the engines used in Land Rover are astounding, and that’s the very same reason Land Rover has been in the limelight for. We dove into their past and found the most popular engines made by Land Rover which you probably didn't know before. Let’s get into this:
#1 The 2-Litre Diesel Engine (1957-1962)
This monster, the Land Rover 2.0-litre wet-liner 4-cylinder diesel engine was the first diesel engine made by Land Rover. Most of the vehicles that time were petrol-powered, and there was a big need of diesel-engined Land Rover. Keeping a close eye on that, Land Rover came out successful thanks to this bad boy.
With fuel injection equipment from CAV, this monster used Ricardo’s Comet swirl chambers, but the best chapter of the story was Rover-developed dimples to make smoother and quieter running on the road. The ignition of engine saw a significant improvement due to the usage of heater plugs fitted to each combustion chamber. Still and all, the 2.0-litre diesel engine was a hit.
Also, if you talk about the power delivered by this engine, it was 51 hp (38 kW) @ 3,500 rpm, and torque was 87 lbf⋅ft (118 N⋅m) @ 2,000 rpm.
#2 The 2.25-Litre Petrol Engine (Engine Codes 10H, 11H, and 13H- 1958–1985)
This was the next very much favorite engine made by Land Rover in 1958. The 2.25-litre petrol engine was bulkier, more significant and more complex than the original. The petrol engines used at that time were quaint in design. Be that as it may, a new-fangled petrol engine was a big need of Land Rover. On that account, Land Rover launched this big boy in the market to cope up with the competitors.
The slow torque out-turn was improved using a full bore, and the result was a “dry-liner” type. This engine enjoyed massive applause in the mid-80s and gained a worldwide reputation for longevity and performance on the road.
As far as the significant changes are concerned, a 5-bearing crankshaft was fitted in the year 1980. As a result of this, base muscularity and refinement got improved. The reason behind the fitting of the 2.5-litre petrol into P4 saloon car by Land Rover was the quiet and smooth behavior of this engine. There were plenty of power outputs accessible depending upon the compression ratio and the number of emission equipment it was furnished with. Across the board, it was an excellent move by Land Rover and they it paid them back.
Power: 74 hp (55 kW) @ 4,200 rpm
Torque: 120 lbf⋅ft (160 N⋅m) @ 2,000 rpm
#3 The 2.25-litre diesel (Engine Code 10J- 1962-1984)
The showstopper II series 2.25-litre diesel engine by Land Rover won the show, unequivocally, but there was still some room for the improvements. For this case, the 1962 2.25-litre diesel engine was rolled out in the market. This was the biggest fine-tune to the previous engine, and resultantly, now the engine was much more improved regarding efficiency and power. Though the cylinder head used in the engine shared a very same basic external casting with the last engine, still, it was different internally. Similar to the 2.25-litre petrol engine, the new 2.25-litre diesel engine was a dry-liner engine and was built on the same production line.
This power machine was used in the Austin FX4 Black Cab between 1982 and 1985 for the first time, and it was again a hit. Mercury of USA got the services of this bad boy for the marine engines.
This engine also enjoyed healthy applause amongst the users throughout its service. The most astonishing advantage of this engine was its quietness and improved efficiency besides sturdiness and boost in torque. Surely, it was a more efficient unit than the older one from every aspect. Hence, it worked for Land Rover once again.
#4 The 200Tdi (engine code: 11L, 12L and 13L- 1989–1994)
Right after the launch of this engine, it touched the skies of popularity. In a brief period, the 200Tdi 4-cylinder in-line engine became Europe’s top-selling 4×4 just because of productive refinements in efficiency and power. This machine powered both the Land Rover Range Rover and Discovery. The 200Tdi engine used the equivalent block and crankshaft as the current 2.5-litre diesel engines, so there was not a big change in structure.
The critical feature of this engine was less weight and noise due to the introduction of an aluminum alloy cylinder head that caused improved running statistics and refined the ignitions process. Whoa.
What added fuel to the fire was intercooler that uplifted the efficiency and the direct-injection system that enabled the car to start quickly. The 1989 Land Rover Discovery first used this engine in the year 1989 followed by Range Rover in 1992. Again, this engine was renowned amongst the motorists all over Europe due to strong output and frugality.
Power: 111 hp (83 kW) @ 4,250 rpm for both the Discovery and Range Rover and 107 hp (80 kW) @ 3,900 rpm for the case of Land Rover Defender.
Torque: 195 lbf⋅ft (264 N⋅m) @ 1,800 rpm for Discovery and Range Rover and 188 lbf⋅ft (255 N⋅m) @ 1,800 rpm in case of Land Rover Defender.