Frankfurt Motor Show preview: Jaguar C-X16

September 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jaguar’s describing the C-X16 as a “production concept”, and a statement of its “future design and technological intent”. This compact coupe – Jaguar’s smallest since the XK120 – is an aluminium-chassied rear-wheel drive two-seater. It has a supercharged 380hp  3.0-litre V6 (EU 6-compliant, with stop-start) – plus a ‘push to pass’ system which gives extra electrically-assisted boost on-demand from a steering wheel-mounted button. This KERS-style hybrid system with motor generator is integrated into the eight-speed gearbox; batteries store energy recovered under braking and there’s an extra 95hp on tap. The C-X16 can travel at up to 50mph on electric power alone, and overall CO2 emissions are just 165g/km. Not bad for a car capable of 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, 50-75mph in 2.1 seconds and 186mph…

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