Jaguar will make its stunning C-X75. The hybrid supercar concept was unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show, and combined 968bhp and 1180lb ft maximums and a 205mph top speed with 28g/km CO2 emissions, a figure that’s less than a third of the cleanest cars you can currently buy.
The production version won’t boast quite those headline figures, but Jaguar still promises Bugatti Veyron-like performance (200mph-plus, 0-60mph less than 3sec, 0-100mph less than 6sec) with Toyota Prius-like cleanliness (less than 99g/km, i.e. free annual road tax). It will comfortably be the fastest accelerating and most powerful Jaguar road car ever.
Firm details of its powertrain haven’t been released yet, but the concept car’s jet propulsion could appear in handful of C-X75s, the majority set to use a petrol-electric hybrid system that powers all four wheels. A groundbreaking tie-up with the Williams F1 team to produce the car could lead to the engine being closely related to the turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder that’s due for use in Formula 1 cars from 2013. ‘Direct technology transfer from top-level motorsport’ is promised.
Jaguar’s investment in Bladon Jets, the British company who produced the micro-turbine technology seen in the concept, should see the technology used in a future Jaguar models as well as, hopefully, a small section of the C-X75 production run.
It will be designed, engineered and built in Britain, with 250 being made. Fifty of them are set to be racing versions. Production cars will cost between £700,000 and £900,000, making it a smidge cheaper than a Bugatti Veyron or Aston Martin One-77. Sales are set to begin in 2013.
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