A Vil­lain­ous Brit

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

MAp­par­ently, it’s good to be bad. So says Jaguar, and the mar­que’s tagline has never been more apt – with Spec­tre vil­lain/hench­man Mr Hinx be­hind the wheel of the bonkers C-X75. Where once Bond vil­lains were lumped with a van (hello, Jaws) – OK, Goldfnger did drive a 1937 Rolls-royce Phan­tom III Sedanca de Ville – things are clearly on the up, with Jag’s new Bond as­so­ci­a­tion. Of­ten de­scribed as a science pro­ject on wheels, fve C-X75S were built for the flm by the Wil­liams F1 rac­ing team, at no doubt great ex­pense. The ridicu­lously space­craft-like, mon­ey­can’t-buy su­per­car ac­tu­ally de­buted at the 2010 Paris Mo­tor Show – pow­ered by jet tur­bines in­stead of an en­gine. Then a year later, Jaguar and Wil­liams an­nounced plans to pro­duce 250 of the all­car­bon-fbre beasts, at about $1.5m each – be­fore re­al­is­ing they’d gone mad and re­assessed. The pro­ject – coined to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th an­niver­sary – is now one of con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment, with C-X75 a rolling test­bed for fu­ture tech (and 007 movies). The mi­cro-gas jet tur­bines (Jaguar still be­lieves they’re a re­al­is­tic fu­ture form of propul­sion) were even­tu­ally ditched for a hy­brid with a 1.6-litre en­gine and some pow­er­ful elec­tric mo­tors. Such an op­tion was con­sid­ered emas­cu­lat­ing for a Bond vil­lian, so, sup­pos­edly, flm­mak­ers wedged a 5.0-litre su­per­charged V8 un­der the sleek bon­net. Jaguars have, in fact, ap­peared in all Daniel Craig Bond flms (re­mem­ber Casino Royale’s leaky-eyed Le Chiffre in an XJ8). And be­fore that, a Jaguar XJR equipped with rocket launch­ers in the doors, ma­chine guns in the front grille and mor­tars in the boot did some spec­tac­u­lar ice danc­ing with Pierce Bros­nan in Die Another Day. Ru­mour has it Jaguar paid the Bond fran­chise a wad of ex­tra cash to en­sure no C-X75S crashed or ex­ploded in Spec­tre, but when we en­quired about such a thing, a Jag spokesman started talk­ing into his watch and then dis­ap­peared in a cloud of smoke.

Su­per­charged and tur­bocharged en­gine mated with two highly-pow­er­ful elec­tric mo­tors. 633kw+ at 10,000rpm, plus 1000Nm. 0-100km/h: 2.8s

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