Jaguar’s C-X75 concept car
from 2011 has one of the most visually striking designs of modern times and, on paper at least, the performance to match those good looks. With so much going for it, why then did Jaguar choose to kill the project
just over a year out from its scheduled launch
At the time of the project’s cancelation, in late 2012, Jaguar said the poor financial climate coupled with higher priorities at the company were the main reasons behind the decision to pull the plug on its plug-in hybrid supercar (excuse the pun). However, the fact that Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche were all working on advanced supercars of their own must have weighed in on the decision.
Three working prototypes were built, but with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine developed with the Williams F1 team and Cosworth serving as the combustion power source instead of the originally planned jet turbine.
This latest video is sure to reopen old wounds Jaguar fans all across the globe have been harboring since hearing that the C-X75 project had been canceled. It details the journey to the point of the car’s demise and gives an exciting insight into its technology, which Jaguar plans to leverage for future models.
According to the company, that technology was capable of accelerating the C-X75 from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, see it reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and return a fuel economy comparable to that of a compact hybrid sedan.
Production was to be limited to just 250 units in order to retain exclusivity, and pricing was set at more than a $1 million.
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