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Jaguar Will Build C-X75 Hybrid Supercar

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In a surprising move, Jaguar has confirmed its plans to bring the C-X75 Hybrid to market. The high-end supercar was first seen at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in concept form.

Overall, Jaguar says the exterior look of the concept (shown above) will come to the production model.

The hybrid system has changed a bit since the concept: the C-X75 will feature a small-capacity, highly boosted internal combustion engine coupled to two powerful electric motors. The car should be able to travel on electric only, like the Chevrolet Volt, for about 30 miles after it’s been plugged in. The chassis will be made out of carbon fiber.

The car should be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds, and zero to 100 mph takes less than six seconds. The car has a maximum speed of 200 mph.

The lightweight construction and powerful engine will be jointly developed by Williams F1, a Formula One race-car builder and team, and Jaguar. Only 250 C-X75s will be built, costing between $1 million and $1.5 million, so the car won’t come cheap. The closest competitor to it will be the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid.

The model is currently under development, but Jaguar didn’t specify when the model would launch, only saying it would take the same amount of time as a “conventional model program.” So, we’re probably talking a few years, if not more.

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