What's hotter at an auto show than a Jaguar sports car? Jaguar says that its C-X75 concept, shown at the Paris auto show, is both a celebration of 75 years of Jaguar design -- XK120, C-type, D-type, XJ13 come to mind -- and a look into the future.
Designed as an electric two-seat super car, the aluminum C-X75 "explores the outer limits of both performance and sustainability," Jaguar says. The car can run on electricity for 68 miles on a six-hour charge and has a 205-mph top speed.
The two-seater has lithium-ion batteries and a 195-hp electric motor mounted at each wheel, for a combined output of 780 hp. Two mid-mounted gas-turbines produce 188 hp to charge the batteries and extend the range of the car to 560 miles. The four electric motors provide torque-vectored all-wheel drive. Jaguar says that the car will hit 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and will go from 50 to 90 mph in just 2.3 seconds.
Inside, it's all cream and gray leathers, polished aluminum and soft-feel textured neoprene. The driver and the passenger sit ahead of a sealed airbox housing the turbines. The seats -- the driver is placed as close to the center of the car as possible -- are fixed in place, while the steering wheel, controls, dash binnacle and pedal box all adjust toward the driver. The instruments are TFT screens like those on Jaguar's latest XJ sedan.
Theater lighting comes on as the driver approaches the car, as blue electroluminescent lights illuminate the cabin perimeter and the turbines. When the car is started, additional blue LED lighting gently floods the door and bulkhead speaker cavities, emphasizing the car's lightweight construction.
Jaguar says that its aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jags ever, and we hear whispers that the automaker would love to build it.
"The C-X75 is everything a Jaguar should be," designer Ian Callum said. "It possesses remarkable poise and grace yet at the same time has the excitement and potency of a true supercar. You could argue this is as close to a pure art form as a concept car can get, and we believe it is a worthy homage to 75 years of iconic Jaguar design."