The production version of Jaguar's stunning C-X75 concept
is on track for its scheduled debut late next year
, albeit without the concept’s original jet-turbine technology
. Instead, Jaguar will go with a conventional internal combustion engine paired with a plug-in hybrid system.
However, as journalists invited to Jaguar’s test facility in Gaydon, England recently found out, the engine featured in the production C-X75 will be like none other found in a production car on sale today.
The engine will be a four-cylinder unit displacing just 1.6 liters but developing more than 500 horsepower and revving past the 10,000-rpm mark. This will be made possible thanks to a myriad of technologies including direct fuel injection as well as supercharging and turbocharging.
The engine will either drive the rear wheels via a seven-speed single clutch transmission (picked for its lightness) or generate electricity to charge up the car’s lithium-ion battery pack. This battery will then power a pair of electric motors, one at each of the axles, and combined the system should be able to accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and see it reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
The setup will also enable multiple driving modes, including all-electric and hybrid modes, but curiously no gas-only setup. According to Autocar
, in electric-only mode the car will have a range of 37 miles and 0-60 time of less than 6.0 seconds.
In isolation these figures are quite impressive, but there are at least three other hybrid supercars claiming to offer similar performance, so the Jaguar will certainly have its work cut out for it. Some of the rival models include the highly anticipated Ferrari Enzo and McLaren F1 successors as well as the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Only 200 examples of the Jaguar are scheduled to be produced, with pricing for each likely to be in the vicinity of $1 million.