World’s Most Expensive Hybrid: The 2013 Jaguar C-X75
Jaguar has been on a roll lately with their new car designs. The new XJ, XF, and XK are more aggressive but retain the elegance that Jaguar is known for. Their C-X75 is no exception. Originally, it was a concept that people thought would never see production. It turns out they were wrong, as it has just been green-lighted for a limited production run. Only 250 C-X75s will be produced from 2013 to 2015. The last Jaguar that came close to the price-point and specs of the C-X75 was the XJ220. The final production year for the XJ220 was 1994, and 281 had been produced. The car is still considered iconic, and it looks as if Jag decided it was time for a successor. If you’re familiar with the XJ220 (or clicked the link) you can see the similarities between the two vehicles. The main difference, aside from more than a decade of tech, is that the C-X75 will be a hybrid.
While it will be a hybrid, its price will put the Volt and Prius to shame. It will even manage to surpass the $900,000 hybrid Porsche 918 and nab the title for most expensive hybrid. How expensive? The C-X75 will be priced from £700,000 to £900,000 ($1.15 mil to $1.47 mil) depending on where the vehicle is purchased. The price alone puts it in hypercar territory, but so do its performance specs.
While the concept version was powered by two turbine engines, the production version will drop those for a seriously turbocharged four-cylinder engine coupled with “two powerful electric motors,” one for each axle. The four-wheel drive C-X75 will be able to reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds and 100 mph in less than 6. Top speed will be in excess of 200 mph: something expected of a hypercar.
The C-X75 also has a chassis made entirely of carbon fiber reducing its weight to just shy of 3,000lbs (lighter than a Ford Focus). The hybrid portion will enable the car to run at least 30 miles on pure-electric power and will allow the car to reach CO2 emissions below 99g/km.
The aerodynamics of the C-X75 are thanks to Williams F1. Owners will be able to say they have a car designed by a Formula 1 race team…not too shabby. Looking at the car, it’s very believable.
I’ve included a video below of Jay Leno giving the concept C-X75 a once-over.