Jaguar C-X75 and Lincoln Continental in Five Years?

October 8th, 2010

Jaguar really stole the show (that is, the Paris Motor Show) last week with its stunning and exotic electric concept, the C-X75 (above), a car to rival Porsche’s 918 Spyder. Our resident enthusiast tgriffith told you a little about it here.

The car is not only a strikingly original exercise in design, it represents a new way of thinking about high-powered electrics using gas turbine technology. Problem is, the technology isn’t there yet. But we are betting it will come, because it makes great sense.

The C-X75 runs on four electric motors, one at each wheel, producing a rousing 780 hp and peak torque of 1,180 lb-ft. Battery power alone will take you about 68 miles, then recharging and another 500 miles will come courtesy of two gas micro-turbines.

Turbines are much, much simpler, smaller, and lighter than internal combustion engines, and for years have been talked about and experimented with for use in cars. Now, Jaguar engineers say that small turbines like these will be viable in 5-7 years.

Another factor is cost, which you can bet will be in the stratosphere. The company is discussing whether to make cars in the 1,000- or 2,000-per-year range, and that decision involves labor, tooling, and production methods. Autocar reports:

“We’re talking two-to-three years for implementation of the gas turbine technology, then another three-to-four years to integrate into a vehicle,” says Jag’s head of advanced powertrain Tony Harper.

Finally, we don’t care what it costs, guys, since only a handful will be capable of buying it. Just make the thing.

We’ve been talking lately about Lincoln, and so is Ford, which may drop 200 Lincoln dealers. The company is also finally facing its brand identity crisis by trying to make its cars appeal to the younger crowd and positioning them a notch below the upper-range Mercedes and Lexus competition.

A company spokesperson denies that one of the “seven new or significantly freshened vehicles” contemplated in the next four years will be a revived Continental. Instead, Ford is on track to further disintegrate the brand with a possible compact pseudo-luxo-Lincoln (maybe like the C-Concept).

The Continental line, until it started to really go south in the ‘80s, represented Lincoln at the top of its game, and it is hard to understand why the company would put it forever out of business. In fact, some kind of Continental concept (above, and more photos here) has apparently been in the works, suicide doors and all, and I like it.

Lincoln needs to take a cue from Cadillac and create full-size luxury cars with a new identity. To not use the synergy of the historic Continental brand is just plain absurd.

Do you think either the C-X75 or the new Continental have a chance to see daylight?

—jgoods

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  1. October 10th, 2010 at 01:09 | #1

    Perhaps Ford should keep the Falcon the only decent RWD platform its got and turn it into a Lincoln. GMs Caddy comes from Aussie so why cant Ford US learn from that in turn it would keep the V8 and 6cly Falcon alive so we dont get the fwd taurus excretia out here.

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