Jaguar Land Rover’s display is bound to have won the brand a whole host of new fans. British brand seems to have pulled out all the stops to impress Auto Expo goers. The display includes the facelifted XF, the XJ and Jaguar’s most powerful production car yet, the wild 542bhp XKR-S. However, it is the pair of Jaguar concept cars that really drew eyeballs.
As for the Land Rover’s stance at the Auto Expo, the renowned SUV manufacturer has brought the Land Rover Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport. It will replace the iconic Land Rover Defender when they cease production of the old model in 2015 after it completes 71 years of being in production. The Concepts both have a more futuristic look to it retaining few of the original model’s rugged looks. This has upset the purists who have till 2015 to buy themselves a piece of automotive history.
The poster-worthy concept which is a Porsche 911-sized sports car. The concept’s extremely tight skinning, sloping roofline and rear haunches look really smashing in the flesh. Power is courtesy a supercharged, direct-injection, 376bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. However, a ‘push to pass’ button on the steering wheel frees up energy stored via an F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System, and kicks in an electric motor that boosts power by 94bhp for up to 10 seconds. The C-X16 can do a 0-100kph run in just 4.4sec with top speed limited to 300kph. Yummy!
Jaguar also displayed the C-X75 supercar at the show that will be built in partnership with Williams F1 team. Slated for future production, the low-slung supercar looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie. It’s a range-extender hybrid that uses a pair of mini turbines instead of a conventional combustion engine as a generator for the electric motors. It shouldn’t be dismissed as an anaemic eco car though – it produces 778bhp and can hit a top speed of 330kmh.