Jaguar unveils stunning C-X16 sports car concept (+video)

Jaguar has revealed its latest concept car, the C-X16 before it makes an official debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is already touted as being a likely future production model that will sit below the XK in Jaguar’s current line up. The concept may eventually spawn Jag’s affordable two-seater sports car that will fight Porsche’s Cayman and 911.

Built to be a true driver’s sports car, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar in terms of length since the 1954 XK120. The concept rolls on a shortened platform of the next generation XK’s aluminium chassis structure and has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution between its axles.

Under its traditionally long bonnet the C-X16 packs a hybrid powertrain that includes a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 280kW of power and 450 Nm of torque. The conventional engine works in with an electric motor generator integrated into the eight-speed automatic gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheels.

The electric motor generates an additional 70kW of power and 235 Nm of torque from a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted behind the seats. The battery pack is charged through a brake energy regeneration system. This “Push to Pass” hybrid boost system is operated through a steering-wheel mounted button allowing for instant acceleration.

With the petrol and electric motors firing the C-X16 can sprint to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, from 80-120km/h in 2.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 299 km/h. Apparenlty, the concept can also travel up to speeds of 80km/h using electric power alone

The exterior design on the concept is the work of Jaguar’s Design Chief Ian Callum and mixes styling from the current XK up front, and the C-X75 hypercar concept at the rear.

“This car has been designed from first principles,” says Callum. “It is an evolution of the design ethos of past Jaguar cars and defines the agenda for a future of dramatic, innovative sports cars. Purity of line and intent is what Jaguar does best.”

In the cabin, there is an old school, aeronautical theme including a joystick-style gearlever and banks of toggle switches, which also pay homage to classic racing Jaguars.

Check out images and a video below.

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