Jaguar supercar stuns Paris

Producing 780bhp and with a top speed of 205mph, the Jaguar was the undoubted star of the show at Paris and one of the best-kept secrets before it was revealed.

The design of the supercar hints at several Jaguars from the past, in particular the 1950s C-Type and D-Type racers. However, designer Ian Callum has also revealed it will influence future Jaguar models as well.

He said: "The C-X75 is everything a Jaguar should be. It possesses remarkable poise and grace yet at the same time has the excitement and potency of a true supercar.

"You could argue this is as close to a pure art form as a concept car can get and we believe it is a worthy homage to 75 years of iconic Jaguar design."

The four-wheel drive car is built using aluminium and the interior is designed based on a jet-fighter style cockpit. The high-tech theme is continued with the touchscreen console technology to manage all the necessary information.

Under the bonnet, Jaguar has introduced electric power for the first time. Four 195bhp power each individual wheel, developing 1600Nm of torque and helping the car to a 0-62mph sprint time of just 2.3 seconds.

These are complemented by two micro gas-turbines capable of extending the 68 mile range to up to 560 miles by charging the lithium-ion batteries, and all the while emissions are as low as 28g/km.

With Jaguar back on track after the success of the XF, XJ and performance R models, the brand will feel it can create more ambitious concept cars such as the C-X75.

Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, said at the launch: "The C-X75 is a tribute to the people who shaped the iconic Jaguars that are revered to this day. By making it an innovative test-bed for the technologies of tomorrow, it also ensures that our reputation for engineering excellence will continue for another 75 years and beyond."

At the Jaguar stand the C-X75 was the centre of attention for the world’s media and was one of the cars of the show at Paris 2010.