Frankfurt 2011: Jaguar's C-X16 concept car

Frankfurt 2011: Jaguar's C-X16 concept car image

Text: / Photos: Jaguar Press | posted September 07, 2011 17:05

C-X16 concept offers a glimpse of Jag's future

Jaguar Cars has just revealed these first shots of the upcoming C-X16 concept that is set to make its Frankfurt premiere next week.

The C-X16 marks a new chapter for Jaguar, as the two-seater concept has inspired new advances in design, engineering and vehicle technology to create what the company claims to be the most compact and responsive Jag in a generation.

Jaguar C-X16

"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," says Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars.

Under the clamshell bonnet is a next-generation supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380 PS and 450 Nm of torque. Already boasting a high specific power output of 126 PS-per-litre, the performance of the C-X16 is further supplemented by a Formula 1-inspired hybrid boost system with a steering-wheel mounted button for on-demand acceleration.

Integrated into the eight-speed gearbox is a motor generator which draws power from a battery pack mounted behind the seats for ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Charged through a brake energy regeneration system, the batteries allow the motor to provide an additional 95 PS and 235 Newton meters.

Featuring an aluminum chassis structure, the result is a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 299 km/h. The C-X16 is also able to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph under electric power alone and has CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars concludes: "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."