Jaguar’s C-X75 hybrid supercar is due to star in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, according to reports.
First unveiled in 2011, the 850bhp monster was supposed to go on sale last year, however Jaguar ended up cancelling it last minute due to the continued effects of the global financial crisis.
At the time, Jaguar’s global brand director announced its cancellation, saying: “It seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar.”
However, engineers involved with the filming of Spectre have claimed that the car is currently being repurposed for the film, with ongoing engineering works currently taking place.
The rumours state that for the purpose of the film, the C-X75 will be powered by Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 instead of the high-powered hybrid powertrain it originally had.
According to the rumour mill, the C-X75 will be driven by the villain, tying in with Jaguar’s “Good to be Bad” ad campaign to launch the F-TYPE, which showcased British actors portraying villains.
This wouldn’t be the first instance that bad guys in the Bond flicks have driven Jaguars either, after the XJ8 and XJR models made appearances in the 2006 version of Casino Royale.
As well as that, a Jaguar XKR equipped with a gatling gun and rockets featured heavily in Die Another Day, where it faced off with Bond’s invisible Aston Martin.
Jaguar officials haven’t yet confirmed which cars would be involved in the film yet, but similarly haven’t denied the C-X75’s role, stating simply that more announcements would be made in 2015.
Williams F1 team
The C-X75 was developed in conjunction with the Williams Formula One team, and was constructed of a lightweight carbon fibre body shell, with aluminium struts used to reinforce the front and rear.
Its hybrid powertrain consisted of a 1.6-litre supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine which worked in conjunction with two powerful electric motors, linked to a seven-speed manual gearbox.
At the time, Jaguar said that it would be capable of the benchmark sprint in just three seconds, with an estimated top speed of at least 200mph and CO2 emissions of under 100g/km.
Alongside the high-performance models due to feature in the new film, Bond will also reportedly swap his traditional Astons for a little Fiat 500 as part of a chase scene during the events of Spectre.