Jaguar’s Reportedly Working On A Mid-Engine Hybrid Supercar With 550+ HP

The Jaguar C-X75 promised to be the modern-day successor to the XJ220, but it fell victim to the Great Recession and never went into production.

Jaguar reportedly hasn’t given up on the idea of a high-performance sports car as Auto Express is reporting the company is working on a radical replacement for the F-Type. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt, but the publication claims the mid-engine model will be launched around 2022 and could wear the J-Type moniker.

At first glance, this seems like the company is working on a closer competitor to the Porsche 718. However, the publication says the car has much higher targets including models from McLaren. Auto Express even quotes “high-ranking technicians working on the project” as saying the car is being benchmarked against the Acura / Honda NSX.

That seems like an odd car to choose, but it’s a natural candidate as the J-Type will reportedly have a hybrid powertrain. Specifications haven’t been finalized, but the publication says the model will likely use a V6 engine as well as at least two electric motors. This setup would give the all-wheel drive car a rumored output of at least 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS).

That doesn’t sound like much in era where hyper cars are producing more than 1500 hp (1118 kW / 1520 PS), but it would make the model more powerful than the entry-level Audi R8.  It would also be on par with the McLaren 570S.

There are also rumors about an electric variant and Jaguar is reporting watching the reaction to the Porsche Taycan. Of course, that particular model is still about a year away from being launched.

Note: Jaguar C-X75 pictured

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  • Dude

    Interesting. A British NSX… I’m sure Honda is taking pride in being the benchmark for another supercar’s development.

    • botornot387

      As they should, since no one is looking at them for a benchmark for anything LOL

  • Gary Ackerman

    Sure hope it is better than an NSX, it is already dying in the marketplace

    • Eythan Aldrich

      dying? are you sure about that?

    • Dude

      No it’s not. It’s hardly sells less than the i8 and R8 for how much less of them there are comparatively. There’s less than 40 new NSXs left in the US.

  • BarryFastCars

    How is this a priority when sales of Jaguar models are terrible. They need to focus all efforts on the next XJ so that it actually completes with the S-Class again. I love a sexy British sports car as much as the next guy but I would rather the brand survive without all the money coming from Land Rover.

  • ErnieB

    Why not release this one.. it looks better than half of those in the same league!

  • Canning front rear sportscar and change it to mid engine is a big move, but again this model isn’t exactly a money maker, so I guess that’s a way to make the brand more exotic.

  • fabri99

    Wouldn’t it be better to make something more upmarket? The F-Type SVR is already in that price/performance range… or are they placing the future F-Type lower in the range? That way the XK could come back as a 911-rivalling big GT. And a supercar in the same price range would make sense… Interesting.

  • Carenthusiast

    No, they aren’t…..

  • botornot387

    Bet this comes out as a gorgeous concept and then Jaguar kills it like it has with every concept over the last 2 decades. TBH I wish they would enter this market. They could use a halo car, the company is brilliant at ride and handling, and they can tune some great exhaust notes.

  • Astonman

    Second time I’ve heard this rumor – first time in a magazine publication (maybe Automobile) from an exec saying there’s an opportunity for them to do so – just no sure yet.

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