Electric Jag makes waves
A ROUSING reception in Paris could force Jaguar to build its X-C75.
The gorgeous supercar was created only as a motor-show tease but the early reaction is so strong that the British company is considering a production future for the swoopy coupe.
‘‘People keep tell us they want one. We might have to build it,’’ Jaguar’s chief designer, Ian Callum, tells carsGuide.
Jaguar insiders admit it would take at least three years to convert the car for production, and it would lose its hi-tech hybrid system.
‘‘I’m throwing a stone into the pond. We want to see what sort of ripples it makes,’’ Callum says.
The X-C75 — for experimental coupe celebrating 75 years of Jaguar design — is the clear winner of car of the show honours at Paris, despite the best efforts of Ferrari, Lotus and even Audi with its latest e-Tron roaders.
The C-X75 is fast, edgy and pushes the British brand’s design direction to the limits.
It has a 330km/h top speed and 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds, thanks to an all-electric drivetrain with an electric motor in each wheel.
But power for the engines comes from a pair of compact gas-turbine engines, taking the ‘range extender’ hybrid approach of the Chevrolet Volt and pushing it to the limits of current technology.