Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept (2010) first pictures

Published: 16 August 2010

Jaguar showed off a bespoke XJ at this weekend's Pebble Beach concours d'elegance. The XJ75 Platinum Concept is the latest in a string of 75th anniversary show cars and is designed to demonstrate 'the design customisation potential' of the latest XJ - hinting at further derivatives to follow.

What, you mean a new Jaguar XJR?

Well, that's one interpretation. The XJ75 Platinum is based on the 464bhp 5.0-litre V8 XJL Supercharged (a US market trim with fewer horses than the full-fat UK 503bhp edition Supercharged) but adds lower front, rear and side trim panels and 22in wheels. It's finished in satin matte pearlescent white and all the exterior chrome has been dulled to darker chrome or gloss black.

Inside gets a thorough makeover with similar pearlescent white air vents, veneers and diamond stitch suede inserts on the seats and headlining.

Sounds a bit bling to me...

Some of it might be a bit tuner-spec, but there's a delicious horological detail in the new Bremont clock.

The designers speak

'From a pure design perspective, the XJ75 Platinum Concept is foremost about emphasising the striking proportion and presence of the new XJ, with a distilled black and white theme, which conjures up the sense of precious platinum,' said Jaguar XJ chief designer Giles Taylor. 'At the same time, the pure sporting character of XJ is brought to the fore by keeping the car's clean graphic approach and further lowering its stance.

'On the inside, we played up the XJ's combination of high-end materials and British flair to really have some fun. The XJ75 Platinum Concept is a design exercise that shows our vision of customisation as an inspiration for those enthusiasts who have a taste for strong individuality and visual confidence in their luxury automobiles.'

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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