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Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town

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On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Happy New Year, London: Jaguar C-X75 Comes to Town

New York may have Times Square and the big ball, but London has something even more glamorous for New Year's: the Jaguar C-X75. One of the sexiest concept cars of the year, the Jaguar C-X75 spent the final days of 2010 in a London shop window. If you happen to be in the city, welcome in the new year by taking a trip to see one of the most advanced car concepts of 2010.

Originally launched at the Paris Motor Show in September, the C-X75 has made it back home to the U.K. It will be on display at the Berkeley Hotel in London's Knightbridge area through New Year's Eve. Be sure to catch it if you're in the area.

Ranked as 2010's 3rd best concept by AutoBlog (we'd have put it a spot or two higher), the Jaguar C-X75 made a huge splash at the Paris Motor Show, a show at which concepts like the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and Lotus Esprit were expected to be the stars. Autoweek ranked it its "best in show" for Paris.

The intrigue behind the C-X75 is multi-fold. First, Jaguar launched it with little to no teasing or speculation ahead of time, making it a surprise to many showgoers. Second, Jaguar hasn't had a real supercar since the early 1990s, so the C-X75 foreshadows a possible return to that segment. And third, and most important, the car combines curvy, sexy looks with a unique hybrid powertrain that makes it the epitome of efficient all-out performance.

The concept derives 780 horses from a series of four electric motors (one at each wheel). Instead of going with a traditional gas engine to boost the 68-mile, all-electric range up to around 560 miles, Jaguar chose to give the concept two turbines that are still in the experimental stages. Those turbines operate not only on gasoline, but also on diesel, biofuel, and other fuels.

Performance is the final aspect of the C-X75's intrigue. Jaguar gave numbers of 3.4 seconds to 62 mph, 5.5 seconds to 100 mph, and 15.7 seconds to 186 mph. Top speed was listed at 205 mph.

Official word at Paris was that Jaguar was showing the car in honor of its 75th anniversary, and as a look to possible future technologies. However, laterreports indicate that Jag is doing a feasibility study on the car and may move toward limited production.

Since we can't all be in London, here's some video of the C-X75 getting set up for its display:

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