The Jaguar C-X16 has been described as a production concept that will serve as the prototype for future Jaguar sports cars. This car "aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology." It comes with a hybrid powertrain that features a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 380 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque. This gas engine is then joined by an electric motor generator that has been integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor receives its power from a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted just behind the seats, providing an additional 95 horsepower and 173 lb/ft of torque. The C-X16 also features a hybrid boost system that draws its set-up from Formula 1’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System. The KERS-like system on the sports car can be activated with a steering-wheel mounted button, providing increased acceleration courtesy of the car’s electric motor. All told, the Jaguar C-X16 Concept is capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 4.4 seconds, whereas the top speed can reach as high as 186 mph.
This new promo video featuring the aforementioned concept only strengthens our undying infatuation for it. "Smooth is Fast" is what the video says, and if we do say so ourselves, we’d give anything to be sitting in the driver’s seat of that bad boy.
The good news is that there’s a strong indication that we’ll see the C-X16 beyond its concept guise because a Jaguar insider has confirmed that the car is inching closer to production and that Jaguar is doing all it can to ensure that everything about the car passes all the stringent safety and crash tests before its green lighted for production.
We certainly hope that Jaguar really pushes through with the concept. Their recent revival has become turned them into a player in the industry and the C-X16 is the kind of car that can really push them over the top against its competitors.
There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.
Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.
Jaguar is known for a lot of things with the words "luxurious," "classy," "elegant," and "powerful" being thrown around most often. Their full lineup of vehicles exude power and class, and have done so since 1949 when the XK 120 was born. They have followed the bigger and better trend over the years, but their elegance and sport have always been a staple in their production.
Their new lineup continues this trend with the XJ , XK , XF models glistening in the light of Jaguar’s success, and offering even more sparkle for the future. This is the face of Jaguar and might we add, it’s something that a lot of us have always dreamed of.
More videos highlighting Jaguar’s Lineup can be found after the jump.
Earlier this month, we reported on a tidbit that Jaguar was going to the Frankfurt Motor Show with a new sports car concept in tow. Now, thanks to full specifications released by the company ahead of the show, we have a clear picture of what the British automaker is bringing to the biggest auto show in the calendar.
The concept is called the ’C-X16’ and has been described as a production concept that will serve as the prototype for future Jaguar sports cars. This car "aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology."
Some have speculated that this model will serve as the successor to the XK while others have reported that it’s a completely new model that has the Porsche 911 in its sights. These new specifications, while impressive, don’t exactly spell worthy competition for the new 911.
UPDATE 09/15/11: Jaguar has unveiled a new video for the C-X16 concept just after its official debut in Frankfurt. Also, for those of you who can not be in Germany these day for the show, you should check www.jaguarfuture.com to learn more about the C-X16.
UPDATE 11/18/11: The smokin’ hot Jaguar C-X16 Concept made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. To our surprise, as well as many others we presume, the car that Jaguar brought to Frankfurt was different from the concept we just saw at LA with the latter sporting a new Neuron White exterior paint finish to go along with all the fancy digs the C-X16 already has in its fold. This, dear friends, is the epitome of a drop-dead, gorgeous Big Cat. Check out all the shots of the Neuron White C-X16 in the photo gallery!
UPDATE 11/29/11: A Jaguar insider has confirmed to TeamSpeed that the C-X16 concept is inches closer to mass production. The same source has told that Jaguar is currently working on the seat frames "to ensure the car will pass stringent crash tests."
Before the C-X16 Concept ever made it to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with an aim "to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology," there were already rumors circulating that Jaguar was working on a new XE model. Recently, an XE prototype was caught testing with a design language similar to that of the C-X16, cementing the idea that the concept was just a starting off point to gauge interest in the new sports car.
The XE prototype was seen with a soft top, as opposed to the retractable hard top that was first thought to be featured. This, as well as the rest of the design language, falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models, but advances with the look of the C-X16. The XE will be available in Coupe and Roadster models. They will be built on the same platform as the XK , so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same package from the XKR-S in the upcoming model. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.
Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911 .