When you think of hybrid and electric cars, you think of boring and awkward design matched with some not-so-exciting performance figures. The first cars that come to mind are the cheese-wedge shaped Toyota Prius and the eye-sore that is known as the Nissan Leaf. However, it seems like some supercar manufactures are jumping in on the electric and hybrid market with their own creations. Now while these cars may not be considered an 'everyday' option, they are still tapping into fuel-efficient technologies to prove that going green isn't always dull and boring. Many of the supercars listed here are being created for one of two reasons. First, they letting supercar manufacturers put their technologies on display and allow them to study what is possible when the world inevitably heads down the electrified and hybridized future. The other reason is reducing the overall fuel-economy of their full model lineup to help them save money on heavy government fines for producing "standard" gasoline-powered cars that don't meet CO2 emissions or fuel-economy standards. Each one of the supercars listed here is either in development and will be on sale in the near future, or on sale now. (But you probably can't afford them, sadly.)
Ladies and gentlemen,it's time to celebrate. Mazda has finally rid the Mazda3 of its happy face smiling grille and has opted for a more sportier and aggressive design that goes hand-in-hand with its KODO-Soul of Motion design theme (following the CX-5 and the Mazda 6). (more…)
Over the past couple years, some of the world's best luxury and supercar makers have teased us with concepts we wish would see the light of day. Now, we're pretty certain that none of us here at 0-60 will ever be able to afford such expensive pieces of machinery, however, the kid in us wishes these automakers would make our dreams come true and give us a chance of randomly running into one on the road—or driving one on a secret media event.
Check out our list of the top five recent concept cars we'd like to see produced, and then let us know in the comments if we missed any concept cars you'd like to see made real.
We were crushed when we heard that Jaguar had decided not to build their gorgeous, fascinatingly-powered C-X75 concept supercar. Those lines were so compelling, so sultry, so powerful—and while combining that body with a micro-turbine power plant was too awesome to be true, the ultimate decision to go with a 1.6 liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-four that spun to 10,000 rpm was nearly as bold.
But alas, the C-X75 isn't to be. Jaguar killed it in response to Europe's tanking economy—something which doesn't seem to have dissuaded Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren from cranking out million-dollar hybrid supercars of their own, for what it's worth.
But maybe the C-X75 isn't quite 100 percent dead. After all, Jaguar's still out their developing it, improving the prototypes to the point that they're letting guys from Autocar and Auto Express take them for a lap. They're doing photo shoots with them. They're repainting and finishing them. They even released a video tribute to the C-X75 on their Facebook page. Is some faction in Jaguar trying to build a cult following around the car in order to convince the bigwigs to give the car the go-order? It's possible. Unlikely, but possible.
While the C-X75 seems to be in a Schroedinger's Cat-like state of being neither dead nor alive, its twincharged, high-revving powerplant seems to have a better chance of reaching production—in a range-topping Jaguar F-Type. We have done an R-S version with over 700bhp that will do over 200mph – it’s going to be insane," a source told Auto Express. The F-Type R-S would, according to the reports, come only in coupe form, and pack a total output of around 700 horsepower, thanks to a combination of the high-revving engine and a pair of electric motors. Consider it the first example of trickle-down tech from the latest generation of supercars when it shows up in 2016 or so. [via Jaguar, Auto Express]