Jaguar has been setting a new image of itself, and that is to show its true performance side. No longer we can view Jaguar as just a half-baked sport, luxury brand. We have seen the new two-door XK sports car, but what really set Jaguar to be a bona fide sporty, luxury brand is its new Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept.
The new Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept is ambitious model that will set out to take on the likes of Porsche and Audi two-seater sports cars, and that is an ambitious plan indeed.
First, we have to look at the power output from the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept to see if it could match up with the Porsche and Audi cars. From the spec sheet, the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 376 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. In addition, an electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed gearbox to deliver an additional 92 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. Full power from both powerplants is on tap with just a press of a hybrid button.
The resulting performance numbers speak for the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept. With a 0-60 mph time in just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, we think the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept is a contender to be reckon with for the Porsche Cayman and the Audi RS8. What’s more impressively is that the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept does it with only 165 g/km C02 emissions.
Behind the hybrid system is a 1.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted behind the rear seats, which can power the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept up to 50 mph on electric alone. Or if you prefer just a pure gasoline drive, the C-X16 concept has a “Push to Pass” hybrid system to bypass the system with just a push of a button located on the steering wheel.
But best of all about the new Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept is its styling. It’s stunning looking, with agility and aerodynamic characteristics of a true sports car.
We will get to see more of the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept live at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. In the meantime, check out the Jaguar C-X16 hybrid concept in motion below.