James Bond and the SPECTRE Jaguar C-X75
As fans of James Bond know, the cars he drives in his movies are nearly as cool as the man himself. In the case of the newest James Bond film SPECTRE, 007 himself is driving an Aston Martin DB10, while the villain gets the incredibly sleek, metallic orange Jaguar C-X75. In all fairness, both of the cars featured in this action-packed movie are very cool, it’s just that the new Jaguar C-X75 looks like something directly out of the future of automotive design.
The Jaguar C-X75, unlike the Aston Martin in the film, is actually a production vehicle – admittedly a very limited production though. The C-X75 was first shown as a concept car in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show, made to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th year making spectacular vehicles. When the decision was made to put the car into production, Jaguar engineers decided to try something unusual for a world-class supercar – they decided to make it a hybrid!
The Jaguar C-X75 Features and Performance
Here in South Florida we see plenty of hybrid vehicles, so what’s special about a Jaguar hybrid? Well, for one thing, the Jaguar C-X75 delivers a combined horsepower rating of 850-hp, and has a whopping 738 lb-ft. of torque. No Prius can come close to that. At the same time, the new C-X75 can top 200 miles per hour and can travel up to 37 miles on electric power alone. The astonishing engineering that goes into a feat like this is truly remarkable – and another reason this new Jaguar represents the future of automotive technology.
The way Jaguar was able to gain these incredible performance numbers is through a combination of innovative design features. First, the internal combustion portion of the powerplant is a 1.6-liter engine, both turbocharged and supercharged. Next, each axle has its own electric motor to provide power to all four wheels. Finally, the battery pack is capable of delivering more than 300 kW in total from each full charge – the highest rated automotive battery pack in the world. The result is a car that can reach 100 miles an hour in less than six seconds, with a top speed of 220 miles an hour.
The Design Details
From the beginning, the Jaguar design team wanted a car that looked as good as it performed. They were inspired by Formula-1 racing designs and the idea of a high-performance supercar that stretched the imagination of all involved. The result is a C-X75 that can only be described as epic Jaguar. With its carbon composite chassis, hidden aerodynamic wing, deep side air-intakes and sculpted lines, there’s no doubt the engineers hit their target.
Here at Jaguar of Fort Myersa, we’re as excited about the new Jaguar C-X75 as anyone, and while we may not actually see any of them come through our dealership, there’s no doubt many of the feature available in the C-X75 will find their way into other Jaguar models. Until then, we’ll watch the newest Bond movie and marvel at the Jaguar C-X75 on the big screen like everyone else.