Jaguar unveils 'E-type' C-X16 Concept

Jaguar has today released the first details and photos of the C-X16 concept – the car that is aimed at taking the Big Cat back into the market it used to dominate with the legendary E-type (or XKE as it was known Stateside) – ahead of its world debut next Tuesday at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Some may be disappointed by the lack of E-type styling cues. The strongest is probably the rear hatchback which, like the E-type, is side hinged.

Jaguar C-X16

But the clue comes in Jaguar’s announcement which kicks off by saying: “Looking firmly to the future, the C-X16 marks a new chapter for Jaguar”. At the moment Jaguar is focussed on appealing to a new, younger customer base and constantly looking over its shoulder to past glories simply doesn’t fit with this aim.

The C-X16, therefore, is designed to be a thoroughly modern two-seater coupé and Jaguar say they have sought to combine “searing” performance and beautiful styling.

“Jaguars have always been dramatically different,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. “With the C-X16 we have moved the current award-winning design language on to the next generation, creating a car that is the very essence of future Jaguar performance.”

Under the muscular clamshell bonnet is a next-generation supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380 PS and 332 lb ft (450 Nm) of torque. Already boasting a high specific power output of 126 PS-per-litre, the performance of the C-X16 is further supplemented by a Formula 1-inspired hybrid boost system with a steering-wheel mounted button for on-demand acceleration.

Jaguar C-X16

Integrated into the eight-speed gearbox is a motor generator which draws power from a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted behind the seats for ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Charged through a brake energy regeneration system, the batteries allow the motor to provide an additional 95 PS (70 kW) and173 lb ft (235 Nm).

Mounted in an aluminium chassis structure, the result is 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.4 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and overtaking-range acceleration from 50-75 mph of 2.1 seconds. The C-X16 is also able to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph under electric power alone and has CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.

The C-X16 measures 4,445 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width and 1,297 mm in height and has a wheelbase measuring 2,622 mm. In terms of overall length, the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar created since 1954 and the XK120.

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