Last month we brought you a design sketch of Jaguar’s C-X16 concept car that will be unveiled later this month in Frankfurt. However, the British manufacturer has released details of the car ahead of its unveiling, which we can now reveal.
For example, the rear-wheel drive, two-seater will use lightweight aluminum architecture to achieve 50:50 weight distribution, and will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 380hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, it will have a hybrid power system incorporating an F1-style ‘Push to Pass’ button on the steering-wheel to boost output by 95hp and 175 lb-ft.
This will give the car a top speed of 186mph, 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and 50-75mph acceleration in 2.1 seconds, with CO2 emissions of just 165g/km
The problem with any modern Jaguar sports car is it lives in the shadow of the gorgeous E-Type, however, Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar claimed: “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 essence of future Jaguar performance.”
The hybrid powerplant is integrated into the eight-speed gearbox. It draws power from a 1.6kWh battery pack, which is charged through a brake energy regeneration system and is mounted in an aluminum structure behind the seats to create the 50:50 weight distribution.
At 175” long, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar since the 1954 XK120.