The Jaguar contribution to the Los Angeles Auto Show on the green car front is the electric C-X75 concept, which we first learned about at the Paris Auto Show back in September. While Jaguar didn’t have much new to say about the car, it did manage to snag car collector and comedian Jay Leno for his thoughts on the vehicle.
The Jaguar C-X75, according to the auto company, is anything but your dad’s Jaguar. It is driven by four powerful 195bhp (145kW) electric motors — one for each wheel — that produce 778bhp and an astonishing total torque output of 1,180lb ft (1,600Nm). It is capable of reaching 205mph (330km/h), sprinting from 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 3.4 seconds and offering blistering acceleration from 50-90mph (80-145km/h) in just 2.3 seconds. When running solely on battery power it can go 68 miles, which can be extended via two micro gas-turbines, spinning at 80,000 rpm, that generate enough electricity to extend the range to 560 miles (900 km); and produce just 28 grams of CO2 per kilometer from the car’s plug-in charge capability.
On the inside, it is all about comfort. Jaguar said that with the seats fixed, the steering wheel, controls, main binnacle and pedal box all adjust towards the driver. A new interface for the driver has also been created for the C-X75 using high-resolution TFT screens, with a display in the center console supporting the driver “in extracting the full potential of the C-X75 by seamlessly managing information.”
As for Leno, he said of the vehicle after taking it for a very short spin: “there is no point talking handling and performance. It is just a thrill to even feel it move. It’s such an important car for Jaguar. The design, the propulsion, the statement it makes about the company’s take on the future. It is just aching to be built. I hope. I really hope they do make it. It’s beautiful. And Jaguar’s are beautiful.”
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