Jaguar C-X16 Concept looks production-ready

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Jaguar's new C-X16 concept sports car is being touted as a bold statement of the British marque's future design and technological intent. Though it's strictly a concept vehicle, the C-X16 looks almost production ready and may be a prelude to a new compact sports car from Jaguar.

The company currently has no answer to competitor cars like the Audi TT, BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK or Porsche Cayman. Jaguar's V-8 powered XK is currently the only 2-door sports car in the company's vehicle lineup and it contends with more upmarket competitors like the Mercedes-Benz SL and Porsche 911. So a compact sports car would make a lot of sense for Jaguar, and the C-X16 is just such a vehicle.

"The C-X16 embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future." remarked Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for Jaguar Cars.

A supercharged 3.0-litre V-6 engine is the C-X16's primary power source. It generates 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The C-X16 also features a motor generator in its 8-speed transmission that draws power from a 1.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack located behind the rear seats. Apart from helping to establish 50/50 weight distribution, the batteries store energy recovered by the vehicle's regenerative braking system. Jaguar says the motor generator can provide an additional 95 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque to the C-X16. This Formula 1-inspired "hybrid boost system" is accessed by a "Push to Pass" button on the steering wheel. Very cool.

Jaguar says the C-X16 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a respectably quick 4.4 seconds, while top speed is rated at a blistering 300 km/h. Jaguar also says that the C-X16 can travel up to 80 km/h on electric power alone.

In addition to its innovative powertrain, the C-X16 also has dashing good looks. Its styling bears resemblance to Jaguar's recent concept car, the C-X75, and even the current Jaguar XK. The cab rearward design and sloping roofline are also very reminiscent of another good-looking British sports car: the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar Cars, had the following to say of the C-X16's styling: "Jaguars have always been dramatically different. With the C-X16 we have moved the current award-winning design language on to the next generation, creating a car that is the very essence of future Jaguar performance."

The Jaguar C-X16 made its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Topics: Sports Coupe, Hybrid, Jaguar, 2012, 2011, C-X16 Concept,

Organizations: Jaguar

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