A new report states Jaguar was close to rolling out a limited-run C-X75 supercar as a way to celebrate the company’s 80th birthday and also to coincide with the vehicle’s appearance in the upcoming James Bond movie called SPECTRE. The plan was to offer the model as a limited edition of which around 80 units were programmed for production and the car would have been called C-X80. That being said, Jaguar decided the concept was just too old to receive a production version and they also considered it would distract them from new products such as the XE sedan and the F-Pace SUV.
As a reminder, the Jaguar C-X75 concept was officially unveiled back in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and since then many rumors emerged about the possibility of seeing a production car. In conceptual form, the car came with a Cosworth-developed F1-inspired 1.6-liter turbocharged and supercharged gasoline engine pushing out no less than 502 bhp at 10,000 rpm. It was teamed up with two electric motors that together granted an extra 390 bhp, so the concept had a combined output of more than 850 bhp.
All that power was sent to the road with help from a 7-speed automated manual transmission capable of shifting gears in less than 200 milliseconds. Thanks to this hardware arrangement, the Jaguar C-X75 covered the 0-161 kmph sprint in less than 6 seconds before topping out at 354 kmph. It was also able to drive solely on electric power for as much as 60 km and in hybrid mode it had CO2 emissions of less than 89 g/km.
Although the project has been axed, there are some rumors pointing out the combustion engine will find its way into a production car that won’t necessarily have to be a Jaguar. Adapted for a road-going car, the engine is set to have a 300 bhp / liter ratio, but details about this model are not available at this point and it actually might not be launched.