Jaguar Developing C-X75 Prototype for Testing

Originally supposed to be powered by microturbines, a technology that hardly exists, the Jaguar C-X75 concept will go into prototype production.

Instead of being powered by unrealistic technology, Jaguar says it will use a direct-injected 1.6-liter four cylinder juiced up with a supercharger and a turbocharger. The little powerplant will work with front- and rear-mounted electric motors sending 500 hp to the rear wheels. Jaguar says its drivetrain will be able to rocket the car from 0-60 mph in under three seconds, though a single instance of the car has yet to hit the road.

The C-X75 will also be capable of driving in a pure electric mode for 37 miles, similar to extended-range hybrids on the market today. It will also be able to drive in hybrid mode, but it doesn’t sound like there are plans for a gas-only mode.

Before the automaker will even commission a limited run, it plans to build five validation prototypes which will determine how viable the car will be for actual production. If those cars make a convincing case, there will be 200 built and sold for a staggering $1.4 each.

[Source: MotorTrend]