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Monday, June 24, 2013

Jaguar C-X75 first drive review [VIDEO]

Compared with the Porsche 918 and the hybridized Ferrari F70/Enzo replacement, The Jaguar C-X75 takes a smaller-engined, subtly different approach to being a “supercar with an environmental edge.”

The still-born Hypercar has a lightweight 1.6 litre supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 500 hp and reving to 10,000 rpm. While the original concept was for the C-X75 to be a series hybrid with four 195 bhp (145kW) electric motors – one for each wheel - produce 778bhp and a total torque output of 1,180lb ft (1,600Nm), the car tested here has 390 hp (285 kW) of electric power giving a total output of 890 hp (654 kW) when combined with the ICE.

The Le-Mans week timing of this publicity is curious. With old rival Porsche going public with plans to return to Le-Mans with a Hybrid prototype in 2014, is Jaguar trying to steal some of their thunder?

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