Jaguar C-X16

A few weeks back, we mentioned that the Jaguar C-X16 would debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, Jaguar released images and specifications Tuesday, roughly a week before the car’s unveiling. “The C-X16 is our compelling vision for a 21st century Jaguar sports car,” says Adrian Hallmark, global brand director of Jaguar, in a press release. “It 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.”

A 3.0-liter, 375-horsepower V6 lives under the C-X16’s hood, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. “Then things get a bit fancy,” reports Inside Line. “Jaguar engineers have integrated an electric motor with the transmission, along with a KERS-type system (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that constantly replenishes the lithium-ion battery pack through brake regeneration and provides short bursts of additional power — up to 94 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque — at the touch of a button on the steering wheel.”

Jaguar says that the hybrid powertrain gives the C-X16 a zero-to-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, but this concept car is also designed to handle just as well as it accelerates. “The aluminum body is designed for maximum torsional rigidity, and it has a 50-50 weight distribution,” writes Autoweek. “It rolls on 22-inch alloy wheels, set beneath fenders that give the appearance of haunches. It's not the next E-type, but the Jag designer is OK if you think you see that in the curves.”

Design Director Ian Callum says that the C-X16, “is an evolution of the design ethos of past Jaguar cars and defines the agenda for a future of dramatic, innovative sports cars.” Inside, Jaguar continues its design theme as the two-seat C-X16 features a Vermillion Red interior finished in leather, suedecloth, aluminum, carbon fiber and dark chrome.

“Among the cutting-edge technologies in the cabin are multimodal rotary dials that incorporate miniature OLED screens, which reconfigure to reflect different functions,” says Inside Line. “The car also features full smartphone integration, with a central touchscreen that reconfigures to mimic the screen of a connected device.”

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