The image: Venerable British carmaker Jaguar announced Friday that it will begin production on a limited run of a C-X75 "hybrid supercar." (See it for yourself below.) Unveiled to "dropped jaws" at the 2010 Paris auto show, the premium roadster will be built in partnership with Formula 1 racing team Williams F1, boast two electric motors (along with an internal-combustion gas engine), and zoom from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, with a top speed of 200 mph. Jaguar Land Rover, now owned by India's Tata Motors, plans to build only 250 of the cars, scheduled to ship in late 2013 with a price tag of $1.1 million to $1.5 million.
The reaction: It seems that "many millionaires are interested in hybrids these days," says Wayne Cunningham at CNET. But this is particularly exciting because "Jaguar's C-X75 concept was the most stunning car unveiled at the 2010 Paris motor show." And this model "offers proof" that "well-engineered, efficient cars with low CO2 emissions can also deliver high performance," says Jorn Madslien at BBC News. Building this "insanely futuristic model" is a "very bold move" by Jaguar, says Arman Barari at Motor Ward. And the car itself looks like it will be "worth the wait." Check it out:
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