Jaguar celebrated 75 years of history with the unveiling of the C-X75 concept at the Paris Auto Show. Besides being a range-extended electric two-seated supercar, the C-X75 previews the company’s future design language, and we are really hoping that it is a preview version of the Jaguar’s long rumored supercar.
"The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by."
The new car tips the scales at around 2,970-pounds and is able to hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That seems awfully fast for a vehicle with only two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Stomp the pedal to the floor and you can hit 205 miles per hour.
The C-X75 can travel up to 68 miles on its battery pack alone, but once the turbines kick in the car can continue traveling for 560 miles. Chevrolet Volt, eat your heart out.
Updated 11/17/2010: The Jaguar C-X75 concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and what better way to mark this occasion than to have Jay Leno review it? Watch the video and see what he has to say about the concept.
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It seems that the feedback for the new Jaguar C-X75 was pretty favorable and Jaguar intends to offer a production version for the recently unveiled 780 HP supercar. On top of making the decision to produce the electric car, Jaguar also stated they would be offering up 2000 units a year, a pretty high number in terms of anniversary vehicles (this is one of the vehicles Jaguar released for their 75th anniversary).
A waiting period will have to go into effect, however, because Jaguar is still testing the gas turbine engines that were found on the concept version. In total, customers will have to wait between five-seven years for Jaguar to test and produce these engines: "We’re talking two-to-three years for implementation of the gas turbine technology, then another three-to-four years to integrate into a vehicle," says Jag’s head of advanced powertrain Tony Harper. "The cost of developing the gas turbines for production could be in the C-X75’s favour, being significantly less than an equivalent IC engine, running into the “tens of millions”.
The C-X75 concept car featured two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 778 HP and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Top speed is 205 mph.