Much has been said about the upcoming C-X75 from Jaguar, but now we have some real, tangible news. The hybrid supercar will be fitted with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four capable of, apparently, 500 horsepower.

According to Autocar, the diminutive engnine is able to acheive this output through twin-charging, or the employment of both a supercharger and turbocharger. They are able to boost power at varying RPMs, thus making for a wide powerband. Oh, and speaking of revs, the engine is said to redline at a towering 10,000 RPMs.

Jaguar engineers estimate that the eco-friendly performance machine will achieve a top speed of 200 miles per hour, and 0-60 time of below three seconds. That should put it in the same neighborhood of the forthcoming McLaren P11 and Porsche 918 hybrid-supercars. Jaguar is developing the C-X75 with Williams, and intend on producing only 200 examples. The first of which is said to roll out in 2014.

The supercar never runs on gas alone, as the mid-mounted four-pot constantly charges up the 600-volt battery pack. The battery sends power to a pair of electric motors that allow the vehicle to run in full EV mode at speeds of up to 40 mph.

The price for all of this high-tech low-emissions gadgetry? £700,000 to £900,000, or $1.1 million to $1.4 million based on current exchange rates.


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      E30Freak
      • 2 Years Ago
      soooo according to XJ220 logic it will be a 3.2 V6 with 250bhp? But still go like a bat out of hell for some unknown reason. Love it!!
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anybody know where the 1.6L engine comes from? I'm curious if there's any relation to one of Ford's engine.
        Moosetang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Wouldn't surprise me if the 1.6 EcoBoost and this Jag engine are close relatives, Jag/LR has been happy to keep using Ford-sourced engines since leaving teh blue oval.
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drop-dead sexy AND respectable emissions? Well done, Jag! Hey, Mitt, can you loan me some pocket change?
      artso06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go Get Em' jag...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      EXP Jawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I'd like to know, since isn't real clear, is the 500 hp the output of the engine alone, or is it the combination of the twin-charged IC and the electric powertrain? Either way, folks worried that it won't have a lot of torque should keep in mind that the electric portion of the powertrain will generate its peak torque from zero RPM. That goes a long way to mask a weak lower RPM band if tuned accordingly...
      Felspawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      1.6L turbo making 500+ hp, can i get one in a miata, or maybe an S2000?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felspawn
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        S2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felspawn
        No, but you can have a 2.0L or 2.2L turbo S2000 making 500hp - at the wheels - for $20k. Yes, that price includes the car and the turbo setup. Plenty of us have them; the S2000 motor is bulletproof with proper tuning. My last supercharger setup hit 421whp on a 2.0L. Read all about the options here: http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/forum/142-s2000-forced-induction-by-inline-pro/
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Felspawn
        You can get a Evo 2.0 Turbo making 500+ easily with under $3000 in mods. Go check out the Evolutionm.net forums in the dyno tuning section. Bolt-ons and a tune yields 340whp or higher. Evo IX guys running intercooler piping, injectors, fuel pump, and a tune on E85 can hit 400whp. Those are very minor mods for 100hp gain over stock. It's reliable too.
      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The rumor is that they will build a hundred or so with the 1.6L, yet still offer a handful (as in less than 10) with the Bladon MicroJets we saw in the concept car. In any case this is still a very interesting idea. Also, the concept had no physical connection between the combustion engines and the wheels. All combustion power was directed to the generator and batteries. So I suspect that the 500HP is at the 4 electric motors, but I could be totally wrong. This is what concept supercars are all about. I hope they build it.
      AnalogJesse
      • 2 Years Ago
      A turbocharger, a supercharger, and a hybrid system. On a Jaguar. Good luck ever getting this thing out of the shop.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AnalogJesse
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          Classic_Engr
          • 2 Years Ago
          If it was 1989, that might be true. But it isn't. It's 2012. Check the facts, as in real data. Jaguars have become quite reliable since about 2003.
          bhtooefr
          • 2 Years Ago
          And you put a Corvette engine in one.
      Weezle Eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just because you CAN do it, doesn't mean it's even a remotely good idea! This engine will be in the shop every other week for a number of given reasons! Great looking car, stupid ridiculously high price, horrible engine choice!
      onlycodered
      • 2 Years Ago
      500 HP and 3 ft-lbs of torque.
        John
        • 2 Years Ago
        @onlycodered
        3 is generous
        bonehead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @onlycodered
        and 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. Hp is what ultimately matters not torque if you want to go fast. Gear it right and you will be fine. But lets estimate the worst case torque numbers for this car. If if made its 500hp at 10,000 rpm (worst case) then we are looking at 262 lb-ft. Ill gladly take that with its 10000rpm screaming redline and 0-60 in under 3
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bonehead
          Sure, mathematically you'd get 262 lb-ft at the point you're making 500 HP, if that happens to occur at 10,000 RPM. But you've assumed that the peak torque also occurs at 10,000 RPM. Chances are high that peak torque will occur somewhere much farther down the RPM band, and torque has tapered off significantly by the time that you hit 500 HP at redline. So, I would wager that peak torque will be 350-400 lb-ft, at somewhere between 4-5000 RPM. Just a guess, it all depends on how its tuned. And with this combination, it could be anyone's guess...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        jase.s
        • 2 Years Ago
        Regarding heritage, Jaguar is more accustomed to inline six engines at relatively moderate displacement. I think the E-type was the first Jag with a V12, and that was in the 70's.
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