Jaguar has released just one supercar in their venerable history: the Jaguar XJ220. And that was some 20-odd years ago.
As you can imagine, when the Leaping Cat showcased a concept called the C-X75 two years ago, ours and other [Geo]-area enthusiasts' hearts skipped a beat - or maybe a few. Not only did the supercar concept feature a sublimely curvy body, but a unique powerplant comprised of two turbines.
The first question everyone wanted to know was whether or not Jaguar would green light it to production. They surprised the industry with a solid yes, in 2011. They answered enthusiasts' second question, too: The market-ready model would lose that infatuating, twin-turbine powerplant in favor of a hybrid turbo design.
But, as the saying goes: things change. And, more recently, Jaguar announced that a small handful of the 250 Jaguar C-X75 models to be made will feature the small micro-turbines as they appeared in the concept. Of course, it helps that Bladon Jets Engineering Centre, the organization responsible for producing the micro-turbines is also owned by Jaguar's parent company Tata.
Why use the turbines? Well, while they're really just a little bit smaller than those found in jet airplanes, they're advanced by light years. They do not require the same cooling lubrication as their traditional counterparts and are therefore lighter weight and far easier to pack. The Jaguar C-X75 supercar's design is such that the turbines also leave room for a hybrid powerplant to join in the fun.
Experts pose the hybrid, turbine duo has the capacity to jet and Jaguar C-X75 from zero to 60 miles per gallon in just three seconds - while at the same time offering premium efficiency.
Interested in learning more about developments at the Leaping Cat, including other new Jaguar model launches? Be sure to stay tuned. Jaguar/Land Rover Honolulu located at 744 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI is dedicated to keeping you informed.