Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Cancelled


From its sleek design to its cutting-edge drivetrain, the Jaguar C-X75 supercar showed so much promise and potential as a concept. Then Jaguar went ahead and announced that they were going to build the damn thing, and green car geeks the world over rejoiced. But it seems the top brass has changed their mind, as the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid has been cancelled.

The reasoning for killing this multi-million dollar driving machine as obvious and sound. With Europe’s economy still contracting, Jaguar’s Adrian Hallmark told AutoCar that “…it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar.” While America has seen car sales rebound after our own recession, Europe’s new car market is just plain awful.

So rather than introduce an incredibly expensive supercar with very limited appeal, Jaguar is doing the sensible thing and axing the project. So no, there won’t be any 800 horsepower hybrids with 60 miles of electric range in Jag’s portfolio anytime soon. Don’t expect the concept versions turbine-powered electric drive system to make a reappearance either.

However, some of the new technologies, including a very powerful 1.6 liter turbocharged engine, could be used in future Jaguar vehicles. Five working prototypes will be completed, and three of these will be sold to the public (Jag reports about 100 “expressions of interest” in the C-X75). The remaining two will be kept by Jaguar for historical and demonstration purposes.

Even though this is probably the right move, I can’t help but be a little sad that this innovative hybrid will never really see the road. The Jaguar C-X75 was one of the most genuinely interesting cars built in the last few years.

Source: AutoCar

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  • Jason Carpp

    That’s too bad. It’s a nice looking car. Couldn’t Jaguar have made an economy version, a less expensive version? Something that is as attractive, but less expensive for people to buy?

    • T Adkins

      The cheapest Jag offered in the US starts at $47,000. Even if the super car were made less super and lost enough stuff to drop it in price by say 90% it would still be an $80-$100,000 car. I dont know if Jag does an economy car, might have to off brand or re-brand it if they did.

      • Jason Carpp

        LOL! Jaguar never does anything cheap, do they? $47k would still be way out of my price range. I guess what I was suggesting is that Jaguar try a hand at a diesel engine rather than the usual high performance engine that usually goes into the car.

  • Damn! Now how am I gonna spend that $1,500,000 I had set aside for this car?

    Actually, the idea of having separate electric motors for all four wheels is one we will see in years to come. Think of it…….with computer controls, the world’s most perfect all wheel drive system. Just the right amount of power to each wheel under all conditions, no differentials, no drive shafts. The day is not far off when disc brakes will become electric motors. But what about unsprung weight, I hear you say? Nonsense, boys. Electronic suspension control will deal with that quite nicely.

    I think Jaguar should be applauded for pushing the limits of what is possible. This project will pay dividends down the road. The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

    • Jason Carpp

      Hey Steve. I agree. That’s what I like about car companies like Jaguar. They’re not afraid to try something new and different. If only all manufacturers were like that. To step out of one’s comfort zone and try something different.

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