The last time Jaguar made a supercar
available for sale was back
in the early 90s with the XJ220. That vehicle was powered by a
twin-turbocharged V6 engine developing well over 500 hp, accelerated
to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, and had a top speed of 200+ mph.
Now, Jaguar has unveiled its C-X75
Concept which picks up where the XJ220 left off. The vehicle uses an
advanced powertrain that mixes lithium-ion batteries and electric
motors with two gasoline turbine generators (80,000 rpm) which
recharge the battery pack.
The C-X75 uses four 195 hp electric
motors (one for each wheel) -- together, the system produces 778 hp
and a whopping 1,180 lb-ft of torque. The twin gas turbine generators
combine to produce 188 hp and can recharge the battery pack or
provide supplementary power to the four electric motors in "Track
Jaguar says that the C-X75 can travel a
total of 68 miles on battery power alone, or up to 560 miles when the
electric portion of the powertrain works in conjunction with the twin
When it comes to performance, Jaguar
claims that the C-X75 can scoot to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and
reach a top speed of 205 mph. However, don't expect the all-electric
or "range extended" figures to hold up when trying to
achieves those performance figures.
"This evocative showcase of 75
years of performance heritage, the C-X75 also demonstrates Jaguar's
commitment to developing cutting-edge engineering solutions to the
challenges facing future automotive development," said Ian
Hoban, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director. "The supercar shows that
Jaguar will continue to build beautiful, fast cars that will generate
their performance in a sustainable manner."
As much as we would like to see a
production version of the C-X75 reach showroom complete with its
exotic gas turbine generators, it's more of a design study than a
forerunner for a production version. Styling cues from the C-X75 are
likely to show up in "lesser" Jaguar models including the
next generation XK.
So while we may not see a Jaguar
supercar with this exact configuration, there's nothing stopping
Jaguar from producing a plug-in hybrid supercar along the lines of
Porsche's 918 Spyder which
has been given the green light.