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early vs later V8 110

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by norseman, May 7, 2022.

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    norseman Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity has anyone had a back-to-back driving experience of a pre & post '86 V8 110 ?
    I'm wondering if the official extra 20 brake hp was noticeable & what, if any, this later spec. had on the torque curve.
    Many thanks guys.
     
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    Not a heck of a lot of difference I recon. Early 110's I think had the same engine spec as the Stage one Series 3 V8 said to be detuned from the standard Range Rover unit because the Stage one still had drum brakes. Power/torque did not change that much until the introduction of 3.9 models. Lots of Rover V8 info on Wikipedia.
    All rover V8's are nice to drive and listen to.
     
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    I think you could be right, although the early 110 was rated at 114bhp against the Stage One's 91. I recall reading somewhere that a 110 owner had removed the inlet manifold & found discs with holes drilled in them under the carbs, somewhat reminiscent of the restrictor plates fitted to the Stage One engine. Maybe those holes resulted in a lesser restriction due to the 110 having disc brakes?
    As to the 'nice drive' of the V8's ... I agree as I've owned four RRC's over the past 21 years ;)
    So why would I be interested in a 110? Because having also owned 5 series LR's (the last a 6cyl. station wagon) in my life they leave an itch that never quite goes away :rolleyes:
     
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    I recall owners of early 110 and 90 owners removing those discs.
     
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    I'm not surprised, standard modification for Stage One owners I believe.
    Interestingly the V8 powered versions of the 110, despite their thirst, are now worth so much more than diesels of the same era due to their rarity.
     
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