Jaguar Cancels Spectacular C-X75 Plug-In Hybrid Supercar
It’s official. The eye-catching, head-turning, jaw-dropping Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid supercar is dead in the water.
The official word from Jaguar is that the $1 million cutting-edge plug-in hybrid no longer makes sense given today’s global economy conditions.
Here’s the automaker’s statement:
“Jaguar Land Rover has suspended its plans for the production of the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar. After a thorough re-assessment of near-term market conditions, the company’s view is that the global economic landscape does not currently support the introduction of a supercar such as C-X75.
Cutting-edge hybrid technologies, carbon composite materials and advanced design solutions pioneered for the C-X75 in association with Williams Advanced Engineering will be utilized in other areas of R&D, innovative future products and next-generation engineering for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands.”
It’s truly a shame that the C-X75 won’t see the light of day. Why? Well, the technology found within the C-X75 is truly cutting edge.
The original prototype, which debuted in 2010, featured four electric motors with two diesel-fueled micro turbines. Horsepower was estimated at 770.
Then, in May of 2011, the C-X75 got the production green light. The micro turbines were swapped out in favor of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine and two electric motors were used instead of four. Horsepower soared to an astronomical 888 and torque checked in at 590 pound-feet. The C-X75 supposedly rocketed from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and 0-100 mph in 6 seconds. Top speed was listed at over 200 mph. Electric-only range was claimed to be up to 60 miles. And fuel economy was claimed to be comparable to a compact hybrid sedan.
Undoubtedly, this would have surely been one of the most spectacular plug-in vehicles ever and at least 100 potential customers knew this Jag would be unmatched and immediately lined up to reserve the estimated $1.15 million C-X75.
But the C-X75 is dead. However, Jaguar stated “Five C-X75 prototypes will be finalized and continue to undergo a program of research and development evaluation and testing.” And we’ve heard that two of the completed prototypes will be sold as non-road legal vehicles to collectors, with the remaining three to forever stay with Jaguar.