Expect the upcoming Jaguar C-X75 supercar to make use of a supercharged and turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, Autocar says. The two-door experimental concept, which debuted in 2010 in honor of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, will rev to 10,000 rpm and produce around 500 hp when it arrives in production trim.
With a turbocharger and a supercharger maximizing power at different rpm ranges, the 1.6-liter engine will work with two electric motors on the front and rear axles. The electric supercar niche is soon to be filled with competitors including the Porsche 918 Spyder plus production versions of concepts like the Infiniti Emerg-E and even a Croatian entry called the Rimac Concept_One.
In February, it was reported that a few units of the Jaguar C-X75 would use the jet turbine engines while the rest would be powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines designed by Williams F1. It’s not clear if that plan has changed or whether Jaguar still hopes to build a few units with the turbine technology. Now it appears the 1.6-liter engine in development for the Jaguar may be an all-new design, Autocar says.
The turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-liter I-4 for now replaces the dual jet turbines on the original Jaguar C-X75, the report claims. The supercar is said to have 11 radiators and an all-electric range of about 37 miles, and manage a respectable 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds still on all-electric power. While we’re not excited about the decision to use a rear-mounted seven-speed automated manual transmission, a dual-clutch transmission may have added as much as 200 pounds to the curb weight, which might get in the way of the claimed sub-3.0-second 0-60 mph time.
Though the turbines that caught our attention when the concept was introduced may be gone, we’ll still welcome Jaguar’s much greener return to the supercar scene since the XJ-220 of the early 1990s. The production run will be limited to about 200 units, and it’s been speculated that each Jaguar C-X75 will cost at least $1.1 million.