Jaguar C-X16 Concept Revealed Ahead Of 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Official Specs, Pictures and Video

by Ionut Dragomir

With Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, Jaguar decided to release their details of the C-X16 concept ahead of its world debut at the biggest European car event, next week. The two-seater concept marks a new future for Jaguar with respect to technique and design. A hybrid, the C-X16 combines searing performance with beautifully realised styling.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars: “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.”

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars: “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 two-seater is powered by a next-generation supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380 PS (280kW) and 332 lb ft (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.

In order to keep the ideal 50:50 weight distribution, a motor generator which draws power from a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted behind the seats is integrated into the eight-speed gearbox. The batteries, which allow the motor to provide an additional 95 PS (70 kW) and173 lb ft (235 Nm) are charged through a brake energy regeneration system.

What is the result? Well, it is 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.4 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and acceleration from 50-75 mph of 2.1 seconds. And that’s not all because 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.

This car measures 4,445 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width and 1,297 mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 2,622 mm. In terms of overall length, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar created since 1954 and the XK120.

For the interior, the British car maker decided to use the Vermillion Red with black trim, which continues the One plus One concept with dual regions for passenger and driver. The latter gets the best one, with controls and instrumentation suggesting both aeronautical ergonomics as well as classic Jaguar racing cars.

The C-X16 will be presented at the Jaguar Land Rover press conference in Hall Five at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday September 13 at 09:15 CET.

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