Thursday, 8 September 2011

Jaguar C-xXx16

Under the hood, the C-X16 packs a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine producing 380bhp and 332lb ft of torque. But that's not all. Integrated into the eight-speed gearbox is a motor generator mounted behind the seats that draws power from a battery pack (itself charged through brake energy regeneration, like KERS on an F1 car) that provides 95bhp and 173lb ft of boost via a steering-wheel-mounted button. A boost button, if you will. Boost buttons are good. 

0-62mph takes 4.4 seconds, top speed is 186mph and the acceleration from 50-75mph takes just 2.1 seconds. Should you run out of juice, the C-X16 can travel up to 50mph on electric power alone while CO2 emissions sit at just 165g/km.

And the interior is less concept-car space fiction, more production-car reality too. The doors get grab handles - a statement of intent, no doubt - the instruments are regular dials and the aircon knobs have little screens on them displaying the temperature. The carbon-backed seats might be a tad uncompromising, and you can probably spec something less red, but otherwise it's all business in here.

Now, the good part: it's going into production. Soon. We'll likely see the C-X16 at the end of 2012 with a naturally-aspirated V6, supercharged V6 and a hybrid. Diesel and V8 variants will probably follow, if you ask nicely...

It'll make its public debut next week at the Frankfurt motor show, where – I’m pretty sure - lots of people will sell members of their family to purchase one. It can't come soon enough. Personally, I must admit that it is pretty gorgeous. Jaguar really are starting to construct cars that can be considere beautiful.


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