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Jaguar Brings Back the 1957 XKSS

British maker plans only nine of the $1.4 million replicas.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The Jaguar XKSS reappears after 60 years.

When a fire struck the Jaguar plant in March 1957, it destroyed the last of a batch of D-Type race cars that were going to be converted to street vehicles, and nearly doomed the British maker in the process.

Nearly six decades later, Jaguar says it will build the nine XKSS models it was never able to produce, selling them for a “severe” 1 million British pounds, or about $1.4 million at the current exchange rate.

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“We will now build the nine XKSS cars that never saw the light of day,” said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the unit that primarily focuses on providing parts and restoring old vehicles for their owners.


Jaguar Scrubs Plans for C-X75 Supercar

“The wrong time” for a $1.5 million automobile.

by on Dec.12, 2012

Jaguar has killed the closely-watched C-X75 supercar project but hopes to reuse some of its technology.

Jaguar has decided to cancel production plans for the high-tech C-X75 supercar, contending that it is “the wrong time” to bring out a vehicle that could push upwards of $1.5 million considering the current global economic situation.

The C-X75 concept won wide praise for both its design and technology when it debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Several months later, Jaguar officials announced plans to produce the plug-in hybrid, albeit replacing the show car’s twin turbine generators with a more conventional internal combustion engine.

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Despite nearly two years of development, the program has now been nixed, Jaguar’s global brand chief Adrian Hallmark told Britain’s Autocar, though five running prototypes will be completed by May 2013.

“We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar,” Hallmark told the magazine. “This is backed up by other products from us that people are screaming out for.”


Jaguar Will Build 200 mph C-X75 Battery Supercar

"Green" supercar will get 30 miles on battery power.

by on May.06, 2011

Jaguar gives the C-X75 a go for production.

Bowing to strong public pressure, Jaguar has announced plans to put the well-received C-X75 supercar into production.

The striking 2-seater will use an extended-range electric drive system capable of running entirely on batteries – yet also able to launch from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds and reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.  But the maker has opted to go for a relatively conventional gasoline “extender” engine, rather than the futuristic twin turbine system that drove the original C-X75 concept vehicle.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators – that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director, who only last month told that the British maker was hesitant to make the investment in a new supercar while it was pushing to launch more mainstream products such as a new entry-level luxury car to replace its old X-Type.

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But it appears Jaguar simply was overwhelmed by public reaction to the concept, first shown at last autumn’s Paris Motor Show.

“The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car,” said Hallmark. “We’ve been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar’s renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”


Update: More Photos of Jaguar’s 205 mph C-X75 Battery Supercar

by on Sep.30, 2010

The Jaguar C-X75 battery supercar makes its debut.

We’ve had a chance to get up close and personal with the new Jaguar C-X75, the battery-powered supercar making its surprise debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.  Here are some more photos and details.

As we earlier reported, the British maker claims the C-X75 will hit 205 mph. That’s a significant number for any automobile, and all the more so when you consider it has a surprising amount in common with the new Chevrolet Volt extended-range hybrid.

(Click Here for our earlier X-C75 story.)

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First, a few basics, like the fact that the C-X75′s four separate wheel motors produce a combined 770 horsepower and a blistering 1,180 lb-ft of torque, Jaguar claims the striking 2-seater will not only be capable of topping 200 mph, but launching from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 3.4 seconds.


First Look: Jaguar C-X75

Maker unveils plug-in hybrid supercar in Paris.

by on Sep.30, 2010

Jaguar claims its C-X75 battery supercar can hit 205 mph.

Jaguar is charging into the Paris Motor Show – quite literally – with an electric supercar concept dubbed the C-X75.

Using four separate wheel motors to produce a combined 770 horsepower and a blistering 1,180 lb-ft of torque, Jaguar claims the striking 2-seater will be capable of hitting 205 mph, and launching from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 3.4 seconds.

The Jaguar C-X75 differs from some other recent battery supercar concepts in that it has an onboard power source to keep the vehicle going once its batteries run down.

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The sleekly aerodynamic C-X75 concept, meanwhile, is designed to showcase the British marque’s new design language, according to Mike O’Driscoll, Jaguar’s Managing Director.