Jaguar guns for Porsche’s 911 with its latest concept
Jaguar sure knows how to wow an audience with its concept vehicles. Just under a year ago, the company showed off its C-X75 supercar concept that was powered by four 195hp electric motors generating a total of 778hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.
Inspired by the C-X75, the new Jaguar two-seater C-X16, which debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, showcases a different spin on hybrid technology, in this instance paired with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) adapted from Formula 1.
At the front of the car, we find a completely new engine: a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 units based on the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine range, with the unit delivering 375 hp and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). Fed by a lithium-ion battery pack, the electric assistance motor delivers up to 70kW and 235Nm, and is activated by a steering wheel-mounted ‘push-to-pass’ button.
Jaguar says that the C-X16 can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 mph. That compares favorably to the standard 350hp Porsche 911 (991) with PDK which hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 179 mph.
There are three so-called “heartlines” which form the silhouette. The aluminum body is designed for maximum torsional rigidity, and it has a 50-50 weight distribution. It rolls on 22-inch alloy wheels, set beneath fenders that give the appearance of haunches. It’s not the next E-type, but the Jag designer is OK if you think you see that in the curves.
The interior of the C-X16, done up in Vermillion Red with black trim, continues the One plus One concept with dual regions for passenger and driver. The latter gets the best one, with controls and instrumentation suggesting both aeronautical ergonomics as well as classic Jaguar racing cars.
The C-X16 measures 4,445mm in length, 2,048mm in width and 1,297mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 2,622mm. In terms of overall length, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar created since 1954 and the XK120.