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Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

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On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

Jaguar absolutely stole the show at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, capturing our hearts with a cutting-edge supercar concept called the C-X75. Not only was the car a technological marvel, with its jet turbine/electric powertrain and incredible performance figures, it represented the first supercar that Jaguar has built since the venerable XJ220 from the early 1990s, a car that once held the production car world speed record.

What wasn't clear during Paris was whether Jaguar was serious about reentering the supercar market. The C-X75 was highly conceptual, and things hadn't exactly gone well for Jaguar on the business end of the XJ220, so the C-X75's future was (and is) very questionable. Some reports from Paris indicated Jaguar was using the concept to preview a possible production model, while others indicated the C-X75 was concept and nothing but concept.

A new report from Autocar this week indicates Jaguar is serious about building a new supercar. Top company players state a desire to see a supercar through to production.

Officially, Jaguar is still on the fence about whether or not to pursue C-X75 production. U.K.-based Autocar has been on the story since Paris, and while the show was still underway in early October, the magazine reported that Jaguar was doing a feasibility study on the model. This week's report indicates that that study is still ongoing.

Jaguar/Land Rover chief Carl-Peter Forster told the publication: “We would love to do it, but it will take up a lot of resources. We have not come to a conclusion yet."

However, Jag chief designer Ian Cullum expressed a firm desire to see the creation meet the hands of buyers. He stated: "I happen to think Jaguar needs a car like this. Everything about it is new yet it recalls one of our greatest designs of all time, the XJ13. It’s no secret that the reception we’ve had for C-X75 has been fantastic. The company won’t allow such a reaction to be lost without at least having a detailed discussion about how it can best be harnessed."

So. good but not great news for those who loved the C-X75 concept (and who didn't, really?). We'd prefer a full-fledged green light confirmation, but the fact that Jag is still considering the model is as good as it gets for the moment.

In case you missed it in Paris, the C-X75 is a green supercar that combines four in-wheel electric motors with two flex-fuel jet turbines for 780 hp and 1180 lb-ft of torque. The car is capable of 68 miles of all-electric driving, at which point the turbines kick in for up to 560 miles. Jaguar-sourced performance figures include a 0-to-62 time of 3.4 seconds, a 0-to-100 mph time of 5.5 seconds, a 0-to-186 mph time of 15.7 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.

While the internal case for the C-X75 may still need to be fleshed out, the external case is growing stronger each day. Many of Jaguar's European competitors are building green supercars including Porsche (918 Spyder Hybrid) and BMW (Vision EfficientDynamics). A recent report also indicates that Mercedes-Benz is working on a green supercar.


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AutoShopperJustin | 1:19PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

NIce car! I'll take one in Black!


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RoadKill | 5:05PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

Good news but Officially, Jaguar is still on the fence about whether or not to pursue C-X75 production...keep your fingers crossed.


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AutoShopperAmanda | 9:45PM (Wed, Dec 15, 2010)

I am not usually a Jaguar fan, but they out did themsleves on this one. I would be curious to see the price tag on this car.


 

RoadKill | 2:54PM (Thu, Dec 16, 2010)

I am sure it will be up there in price, but it is still a bad a$$ looking ride...one can only dream

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