Jaguar C-X75 to Inspire Brand’s Future Design Direction; Also Makes 780-HP [Paris 2010]

Jaguar C-X75 to Inspire Brand’s Future Design Direction; Also Makes 780-HP [Paris 2010]

For years under Ford, Jaguar had to play second fiddle to Aston Martin, both in terms of performance and style. With new ownership, Jag has expanded its performance capabilities in recent years with a new line of 5.0-liter V8 engines that make over 500-hp in certain applications. Now, Jag is looking to ramp-up the style of its models. Sure the XF and new XJ are a significant departure from Jaguar’s past, but they have nothing on the breathtaking style of the C-X75 Concept.

Looking to Jaguar’s future, the C-X75 is a concept car that’s set to inspire future Jaguar productions models – like the next XK. It also looks at Jaguar’s past, with a distinct look reminiscent of the XJ220.

Along with being achingly beautiful, the C-X75 is also a range-extended electric and has a propulsion system similar to that found in the Chevy Volt, using electric power to drive the wheels, while additional “micro gas turbines” can recharge the lithium-ion battery packs to add extended range. The C-x75 is touted to be capable of 68 miles of range before the two 96-hp gas turbines kick in to give a total range of 560 miles. It also makes an incredible 780-hp from the four 195-hp electric motors, while 1,187 ft-lbs of torque enables a 0-62 mph time of just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 205-mph.

The goal, says Jaguar, “was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by.” Goal, achieved.

With the C-X75 set to inspire future Jaguar models, we can’t wait to get a look at the upcoming next-gen XK.

GALLERY: Jaguar C-X75 Concept