Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar back in the spotlightTue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0700
Jaguar release new photos of the C-X75 Supercar
A few days ago we heard that the hybrid underpinnings of the canned Jaguar C-X75 were going to find their way in to the F-Type to produce a 700bhp monster.
We had our doubts about that, but it does seem clear that Jaguar are not going to let the C-X75 just disappear in to oblivion. For reasons probably known only to Jaguar, they’ve suddenly decided to release a new set of photos (above) of the very good looking C-X75 in a fetching shade of blue – a better look than the pale metallic paint job on all the photos we’ve seen so far – despite the project being shelved.
Not only that, but they invited Autocar (others, like Car, got to play too) to have a brief blat in the 890bhp C-X75 at Gaydon (video below), where its 1.6 litre twin charged Williams engine put out its 500bhp with a wail that sounded like an Isle of Man TT run on steroids.
So it seems clear that there is more to come from the C-X75, either as a powertrain for a road Jaguar or perhaps, dare we say, as a production car after all?
Perhaps Jaguar decided that the timing was just wrong to deliver an 890bhp hypercar, not because, as they cited at the time, that the world recession mitigated against its production, but because the new LaFerrari and McLaren P1 would be direct competition and make it tough to shift a few hundred Jaguar Supercars?
Perhaps the plan is to keep the C-X75 in the public eye for another year or so, wait for most of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 buyers to start hankering for a new toy and then declare the economy is robust enough to justify a production run of the C-X75 after all.
Or is that just wishful thinking?
By Cars UK