Jaguar last sports coupe concept car the C-X75 was meant as a celebration of the British companies’ 75th birthday and to show the world what it was looking to do in the future. It went down a storm with almost everyone who laid eyes on it loving the design and technology that went into it’s creation. Using this energy, Jaguar have announced a production concept based off the C-X75′s looks and using it as inspiration for this, the C-X16. It’s a production concept meaning this is what the Birmingham car company is hoping the real deal will look like.
Let’s start with the looks. It’s got all the makings of a classic British sports car what with it’s long hood and large rear wheel arches giving it a uniquely Jaguar look. Up front is the Jag corporate grill straddled by bi-xenon headlamps with LED running lights. Hood louvres would tell even a car novice that this thing is powerful as would the heat vents above the front wheels. Round the back we find more LED lighting for the brake lights which are unusually small. Despite it’s powerful presence, it’s the smallest car the company has built since 1954.
In terms of power the C-X16 delivers with a newly developed supercharged V6 which produces 380 PS with a hybrid boost system. This enables the driver to have the occasional extra blip of power when he/she needs it and is inspired by Formula One. The battery pack is behind the driver giving the car perfect 50:50 weight distribution for superior handling.
Performance is what this car is really all about though aside from the head-turning good looks. You’ll find 62 MPH on the futuristic looking dashboard in 4.4 seconds and Jaguar are boasting that 50-75 MPH is over in just 2.1 seconds. Using the hybrid system for driving around built up areas, the C-X16 can drive on electric power along up to 50 MPH saving fuel and lowering C02 emissions.
Adrian Hallmark who is the Director of Design at Jaguar said “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 C-X16 is available to view at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday September 13th from 09:15.