Elec­tric Jag makes waves

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paris Motor Show - — Paul Gover

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.

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