Jaguar C-X16 Concept Makes Official Debut At Frankfurt

By Trevor Dorchies | September 12, 2011
There were no real surprises as Jaguar officially unveiled its C-X16 concept sports car at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. The British automaker has had trouble keeping its excitement towards the concept hush-hush, releasing a sketch of the C-X16 a month ago, and following up with some photos of the car a week before the official unveil. The real news came in the form of details about what's under the elegant hood. A supercharged 3.0 liter V-6 engine orchestrates the movement of 375 horsepower, and is mated to an eight-speed gearbox. A high performance hybrid system elevates output by another 94 ponies, and the C-X16 can run on electricity exclusively until it reaches 50 mph. All of this motivation can only mean one thing: The C-X16 is fast. Very fast. Jaguar's super sports car tops out at 186 mph, and gets from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Jaguar added a steering wheel-mounted "Push to Pass" button that controls the hybrid boost function. By pressing that button the driver kicks his spurs into the extra horses enabling the C-X16 to pass other vehicles in front of it with ease. The concept also features an engine start/stop function in order to improve fuel economy.
With Jaguar releasing early sketches and photos beforehand there wasn't much left to the imagination at the official unveil. The XE, as it's unofficially become known, took a lot of styling cues from its bigger brother, the XK coupe. The roofline and side-marker accents are similar to those found on the XK. The C-X16 appears to spear-head Jaguar's new outlook on its lineup with production slated to begin in 2013. "The C-X16 concept expresses a dynamism vitality and of course a youthful spirit. It's a sensuous design. It has a cat-like agility," said Ian Callum, designer of the C-X16 concept. "The C-X16 features driver focused performance while inspiring an emotional connection. I want people to feel this car has to be driven. Even before they get inside it." Would is your initial reaction to the C-X16? Do you feel the need to drive this car on looks alone? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Jaguar