Jaguar has revealed the Jaguar C-X75 Concept, a gas turbine, electrically driven 780bhp supercar. And it’s glorious.
The Jaguar C-X75 has been revealed tonight ahead of its official reveal in the morning (which you can see Live on Cars UK) and it’s much more than we’d expected. Yes, we expected a pointer to Jaguar’s future, but the C-X75 is something else altogether; it’s a tour de force of all Jaguar believe they can be. True to its heritage, the C-X75 is ground-breaking and glorious. William Lyons must be sat on a cloud grinning from ear to ear.
Where to start? How does 780bhp from four electric motors – one at each corner – grab you? How do they get juice? Simple, they’re fed by a pair of micro-gas turbines which feed a bank of plug-in li-ion batteries. When charged, the C-X75 can run on its batteries for 68 miles (rather depending on how heavy your foot is) but the turbines can kick in enough juice to the batteries for a further 560 miles.
What does all that power mean? It means 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, a top speed over 200mph and a stunning mid-range time of 50-90mph in just 2.3 seconds.
If all this sounds familiar, it is. In truth the C-X75 is just a range extender; but a range extender on steroids. It’s exactly the sort of powerplant that Jaguar’s Kevin Stride talked about when he said that most hybrids were arse about face. It should be the electric motor doing the driving, and that’s exactly what the C-X75 does. In spades.
But it’s not just about power; it’s about beauty and luxury and sustainability. The aluminium body contains 50% recycled materiel. The leather-lined cabin has fixed seating, but the rest of the interior – pedals, instruments, steering wheel – come to meet the driver.
Even more important than all this – which is stunning in itself – is the sheer beauty of the C-X75. Jaguar say it’s a concept pure and simple, and that they’ll never make it. But they must. Or at least something close.
The C-X75 is an XJ220 for the 21st century. It’s the Porsche 918 Spyder with heart and soul. It’s 75 years of Jaguar history personified.
This is not just a hybrid hypercar. This is a Jaguar Hybrid Hypercar