There's lucky, and then there's "I got to drive the Jaguar C-X75." The crew from Autocar is among the handful of souls who can honestly make the latter statement. Jaguar invited the publication down for a little time in both the passenger and driver seats around the automaker's proving grounds. While there's no end to the jealousy oozing from our pores, the good news is that there were a few cameras on hand to capture the experience. As you may recollect, the C-X75 Concept was a unique hybrid supercar concept built to duke it out with the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1. The British automaker put it on track for production, but unfortunately stopped the project about six months ago.

With a twincharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine capable of revving to 10,000 rpm, the C-X75 concept yields 502 horsepower and gets partnered with four electric motors – one at each wheels. A 19kWh lithium-ion battery pack serves up 300kW of power, and combined, the motors and battery are capable of yielding an additional 194 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Combined, the driveline is good for more than 850 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Said another way, the C-X75 will do the 0-60 miles per hour dance in under three seconds.

And Autocar got to drive it. You can watch the video for yourself by scrolling below.



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      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Almost the winner for most tragic "they didn't build it" story. I'd say the biggest shame in not building a car would be the Chrysler ME412. If only! (only now it should be the ME210 - a Viper engine with a pair of turbos)
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap that thing sounded amazing and the performance is bonkers! What the hell is up Jag?!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        Supermodel? huh. I've seen better. PASS! FYI, Jag built another version with primary electric drive and twin gas-turbines for range extenders so I think they beat you to it.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of these supercar hybrids are vaporware. There is no e-Tron, Porsche 918, BMW i8, or C-X75. It was just a lie to get people to think those companies could be green. Anyway, these AutoCar guys are ridiculous in their Jaguar fanboism. For the millions these things were going to cost, it had better be able to hit 200.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        What's a fan-bwah anyway? Something French?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
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          VL00
          • 1 Year Ago
          Bernard, you clueless loser, did you not see the 918 testing video posted last week?
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sometimes it\'s ok to have a fish face.
      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      I try and read most of the comments on the topics I care about. For the most part the majority are good or smart, there a few that just don't seem to get it and then there are those that are just down right stupid. If you read this site and make comments you are in rather rarefied air: we are the car enthusiasts! Most people, I say about %90 aren't. Most people just see cars as transport, tools for getting from A to B, or status symbols to impress the neighbors. For us, cars, motorcycles, boats or whatever turns your crank, are far more than tools. They are our passion and for some of us our careers. So when a super/hyper car like this awesome Jag doesn't make it to life, or is still born, we should all be sad. This was a spectacular car should have been produced. Fast, beautiful, filled with technology and representative of a brand that needs some sort of statement and 'halo' car that represents the best of the brand and the path to the future. Today and about a week or so back there have been 2 stories about Cadillac: Today's on the XTS Vsport, and just recently a story on the Cadillac 16 that also never was. For the XTS Vsport the comments are filled with trolls on both sides. Those who think for the money you must be in something European, and on the other side those who wave the flag in your face constantly and call you a trader if you don't wear a lapel pin of the Stars and Striped as they do. Both are old and tired and I make no time for them and their arguments. However, the one argument I do make time for and have taken up far too many times over the past few years is this one: "All of these supercar hybrids are vaporware. There is no e-Tron, Porsche 918, BMW i8, or C-X75. It was just a lie to get people to think those companies could be green." Bernard has graced us with this comment and to put it bluntly, your an idiot! Just for clarification, the e-Tron, 918, i8 and C-X75 all do exist and all work and 2 of them are for sale as you read this. The Ferrari LaFerrari and MacLaren P1 are about to join the fray and yes all are hybrid cars as well. Really the argument is over the hybrid tech and the hatred of it. Bernard do you know why the car companies are so interested in looking green? It's because they have to become green. Legislators the world over are writing laws to make big industry become far more efficient and far less polluting. The car companies themselves know better than anyone the damage and future damage the gasoline internal combustion engine produces. The car companies know better than anyone the impending scarcity of oil that is on the horizon. They also know better than anyone that the %90 I talked about earlier, don't generally care about super/hyper cars like you and I do, but it does make for good press and showcases for technology. The super/hyper car is exactly where this type of technology is supposed to start and that is exactly what is happening, and that's great! Learn to love or get left behind.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Groagun
        I don't hate green tech, I hate vapourware. Only Tesla, Toyota, Nissan, and GM have innovated in hybrid/EV tech. These supercars are just dreams that no one had and they'll never materialize. Also, none of the cars are for sale.
          VL00
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          "Also, none of the cars are for sale, yet" Fixed that for you. The 918 will absolutely be sold, as well the La Ferrari and P1. I suppose BMW could back out of the i8 without losing face, but I'd be surprised.
      John Ralphio
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't the Xj220 lose a lot of interest once perspective buyers learned it would have a twin-turbo V6 instead of a NA V12? Is there a market for a 4-cylinder hypercar?
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Ralphio
        I can't believe anyone who could afford it would ever think of it in such a simple way. It's a hyper-car. It's cost, looks, technology and construction would all be more important than the specific design of but one of the cars' powerplant. Also a v-12 is an engine that exists, where as the initial turbine powered CX75 was virtually impossible to put into production. So something else was expected. I think if the car ended up not producing outstanding numbers the size of the ICE would be an issue but it 'sounds' like it works fine, pun intended. 10,000 rpm is pretty damn exotic. Dual charging, super and turbo, wow.
        Hek!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Ralphio
        When that 1.6 4-cyl sounds better than the 2014 F1 engines? Yes, yes indeed.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am SO dissapointed this car never made it to even limited production. The concept is one of the most beautiful vehicles ever penned, and they managed to carry the vast majority of that into the production car. This would have been by far my favorite of the new generation of hypercars (LaFerrari, P1, Huaraya, etc.) aesthetically. And that engine is properly bonkers, and completely fitting of the supercar ethos. Being a huge fan of Jaguar in general and of the XJ13 specifically, this seemed like it was going to be the kick in the pants Jag needed to really re-establish itself as one of the preeminent high end automakers. Why can't Jag get one of their incredible hypercars out of the door without compromise? And I think it would have sold, even at a million a pop. The Aston One-77 did, and I think this is the superior car in every measure. After all that development work (it looks to be esentially finished), you'd think they'd go ahead and produce some to amortize the dev costs a little. But here's hoping this drivetrain technology, or at least that incredible engine make their way in future RS models in the line. Sounds like a great engine for an F-Type :)
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since I haven't won the lottery I guess I'm less disappointed that it isn't going to go into production. I still want the original version with the turbines making the electricity. THAT was what put this car over the top, over every other car that even vaguely competes(d) with it. They all are hybrids and remarkable cars but they are all far less groundbreaking than the CX-75. Obviously, that car was almost certain to not make it into production, even a very limited run. But the wildly revving screamer put in to replace the turbines still seemed like it was part of a remarkable package. It's too bad Jag can't justifiably produce this. Maybe they could afford it if they built that Bertone concept from 3 or 4 years back cause that thing would be killing it in the marketplace! I'll always hope to win enough money to offer Jag $4-5 million for the original, just to rent it until I die. :)
        eeenok
        • 1 Year Ago
        @purrpullberra
        that original version was like the car show "concept car" with a note under the hood reading "we putting dis awesom engine here". there never was a car with a turbine in it. a handful of journalists got to poodle along briefly in a car with nothing but an electric drive-train, and their need to write an impressive article seemed to override any need to mention that the turbine was a pipe dream
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should build it with one of the Jag v8 or v6 engines.
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