Apparently it’s V8 week!

If you’ve been paying attention to the automotive news this week, you’ll see a trend. An 8-cylinder trend. Three of the biggest stories so far included:

Do the math on all that and it’s 1,460 horsepower and 1,326 lb-ft of torques combined across the three vehicles. It’s also the start of one hell of a daily driver pool.  As a quick reminder, here are some of the deets on each vehicle.

Lexus IS 500

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance will be here by fall and use the same naturally aspirated V8 that you’ll find in the RC F. With a maximum output of 472 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 395 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,800 rpm, it looks pretty legit.

Defender V8

Meanwhile the The 2022 Land Rover Defender V8 will be fitted with a 5.0-liter supercharged eight-cylinder mill cranking out 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque. That’s some serious off-road power. Jeff is still huddled in a corner weeping for joy.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is arriving in the spring as a fully loaded launch edition model. Powered by the familiar 6.4L, 392 cubic-inch V8 it boasts 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The big news this week is the price. Available only as a 4-door Unlimited model, it will start at $74,995 which includes a bulging hood scoop, body-colored fenders and hardtop, leather seats, and a bunch of other standard equipment. “Whoa”, you say? Have no fear, that’s just for the launch edition, which Ford did for the Bronco as well. We’re interested to see how much the cheaper V8’s go for.

I patronize the church of “V8 All The Things!” so this is exciting!!1!  Although I was pretty excited about the 12-second Yaris GR run and the cool electric Hyundai Ioniq 5 as well.

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One response to “Apparently it’s V8 week!”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    Did I sleep through V4 week again?
    If you let me sleep through supercharged 2-stroke diesel week I’ll cancel my subscription.
    No need to remind me about Napier Deltic week, I can hear it coming.