Several years ago, Jaguar showed off a concept supercar called the C-X75, which used electric motors and range-extending gas turbines to drive the wheels. Last year, Jaguar confirmed it for production and recently announced some models would still get turbine engines.
Jaguar making supercars again
Jaguar made one of the all-time great supercars, the XJ220 from the early 1990s. The XJ220 was a mid-engined, all-wheel-drive, 12-cylinder monster that was one of the fastest and most exclusive cars of its day. Jaguar hasn’t made a car like it since.
In 2010, according to Popular Science, Jaguar took a concept car to the Paris Auto Show, called the C-X75. The C-X75 was mean and green, with a 195 horsepower electric motor mounted in each wheel hub, also giving the car all-wheel-drive.
Two gas-powered micro-turbines were stationed in the rear, and they would kick in once the batteries were depleted after 60 miles, similar to the gas engine in a Chevy Volt. In 2011, the car was confirmed for production, according to Top Gear, but the turbines were dropped for a turbo-charged, hybrid four-cylinder.
Turbine the ship around
According to AutoBlog, Jaguar has recently confirmed a small number of the 250 planned units will get the turbines after all.
The rest of the cars will get a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that will also employ hybrid technology. The powertrain is going to be developed in conjunction with the Williams F1 racing team.
The C-X75 should still produce about 780 horsepower and go more than 50 miles before the battery pack is depleted. Emissions will be very low and gas mileage will be high. It should still get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in close to three seconds and should still top out north of 200 miles per hour.
Will also be very expensive
The Jaguar C-X75 will be green but will, according to Torque News, require a lot of green to buy. It is expected to be between $1.1 million and $1.5 million, according to Jaguar.
For the more budget-conscious, there is the Porsche 918 Spyder, according to AutoWeek, which uses two 109 horsepower electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, along with a 500 horsepower engine. It can get from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, tops out at 199 miles per hour in gas and electric mode and can get up to 78 miles per gallon. It starts at $845,000.
There’s also the upcoming BMW i8. According to Automobile magazine, it is projected to start at $171,000 when it comes out in late 2013. The car is said to be capable of more than 80 miles per gallon and can get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 4.6 seconds, about as fast as BMW’s M3. It’s also a plug-in hybrid, using a turbo-three-cylinder in conjunction with its battery pack.
Torque News: http://www.torquenews.com/1079/what-jaguar-concept-c-x75-means-company