“The C-X75 is in the film because they wanted a supercar for the villain,” John Edwards, head of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, told me at the Frankfurt show.
“We thought, why not? There wasn’t much persuading. It was an opportunity to showcase it, but it doesn’t mean a change in strategy. The decision has been made [not to make it] and we can hold our heads up high on that.”
That last bit is key: Jaguar still will not be making the C-X75 for public consumption, no matter how nicely you ask. But tantalisingly, that doesn’t make it hasn’t been looked at again in the meantime.
Jaguar is understood to have considered rebooting the C-X75 again this year in a limited production run (80 units or so) to mark its 80th anniversary and its appearance in the new Bond film, possibly even with a new C-X80 name. But the idea never got off the ground, the car being considered too old and it again being a distraction to the core new model launches.
Edwards concedes that “some people thought it shouldn’t have been spiked in the first place”, but neither that nor the car’s appearance in Bond means that Jaguar will reconsider. Indeed, the C-X75 is now a five-year-old design.
The questions on the C-X75 making a more permanent comeback were inevitable the moment it was confirmed for Bond. On that subject Edwards said: “We know what we’re doing, and that we’ll get a reaction, and [questions on] the relevance. There’s not a nervousness.”
The whispers then increased over the summer that the C-X75 was not dead yet and would be built, and to an extent that is true because seven cars were made for the film (which is probably where the whispers of it being made came from); five stunt models that are now in various states of disrepair and two ‘hero’ cars that Jaguar will keep, each model being powered by a 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. But that’s your lot.
Jaguar has no plans to sell either [of the two 'hero' cars] of them off, unlike as fellow Gaydon resident Aston is doing with one example of the DB10 heading to auction.
The C-X75, then, was just never meant to be.
Read Autocar's Jaguar C-X75 review