Jaguar C-X16 concept car unveiledSports concept set to rock Frankfurt Motor Show
07 September 2011
The Jaguar C-X16 concept sports car seems certain to be the star of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Described as a ‘production concept’, the C-X16 is a two-seater coupé with petrol-electric hybrid power and rear-wheel drive. It promises startling performance and low emissions, and makes a strong statement about the future of the Jaguar brand.
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2011 Jaguar C-X16 concept: Formula 1 tech
While Jaguar says it evokes the classic E-type, the C-X16 also boasts cutting-edge technology. It uses Formula 1 inspired technology to improve performance, and clever engineering to achieve a 50:50 weight balance.
Based around an all-aluminium structure, the concept’s dramatic curves are powered by a ‘next-generation’ supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 374bhp and 332lb ft of torque (pulling power). Achieving some 124bhp per litre is already impressive enough, but the C-X16’s performance is boosted further by its hybrid system.
A ‘Push to Pass’ button on the steering wheel controls the electric motor, which injects an extra 70kW – that’s 94bhp – and 173lb ft into the drivetrain.
The system utilises a generator mounted within the eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a battery pack located behind the front seats, charged via brake energy regeneration in a manner similar to current Formula 1 'KERS' technology.
0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, 165g/km CO2
The result is a compact, lightweight coupé that can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Top speed is 186mph – but what’s more notable is the quoted 50-75mph acceleration, said to take just 2.1 seconds. It’s this kind of mid-range performance that enables safe and decisive overtaking, and makes a car feel fast in every situation.
Furthermore, the C-X16 can apparently travel at up to 50mph on electric power alone, and has CO2 emissions of just 165g/km. Which, we don’t have to tell you, seems remarkable for something with this kind of performance.
At 4.4m long, a shade over 2m wide and just under 1.3m tall, the C-X16 is also the smallest Jaguar since the 1954 XK120.
The future of Jaguar
The C-X16 is officially only a concept – but we shouldn’t underestimate just how much it’s going to shape the future of Jaguar.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars says: ‘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.’
Expect a decision on a production version very soon.
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