At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show Jaguar will unveil the C-X16 Concept, a compact, rear-wheel drive two-seater.
Based on an all-aluminum construction, the C-X16 has a 50:50 weight distribution and is powered by a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine delivering 380 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The unit is coupled with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
At the press of a button on the steering wheel, a Formula 1-inspired hybrid boost system, fed by a 1.6kWh battery pack mounted behind the seats, provides additional 70 kW and 235 Nm .
The other main dimensions are a width of 2,048 mm, a height of 1,297 mm and a wheelbase of 2,622 mm.
The exterior is characterized by fluid lines typical of the brand.
At the rear, the horizontal tail lights that follow the spoiler lip hint at the recent Jaguar C-X75 Concept, while the front end evolves the forms of the current XK coupé, with the distinctive crease lines on the hood and prominent grille.
The front bumper integrates four air intakes and a lower carbon fiber spoiler, that add to the car’s sportivity but slightly weaken the cleanness of the overall design.
The interior showcases future technologies such as multimodal rotary controls that incorporate miniature OLED screens which reconfigure to reflect the different functions that can be performed via the controls.
The seats are trimmed in leather and Alcantara micro-suede, and the main surfaces are finished in anodized aluminum, rich piano blacks, dark chrome, and carbon fiber.
The manually-adjustable bucket seats are made of lightweight composite materials with a central carbon-fiber spine for rigidity and support.
The C-X16 has a top speed of 300 km/h and accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while maintaining low CO2 emissions of 165 g/km.
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Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum commented: “Jaguars have always been dramatically different. 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.”
The C-X16 evolves Jaguar’s language with a design based on simplicity and defined by three ‘heartlines’: the front fender crease, the rear haunches that wrap into the tail and the sweeping roofline.
Ian Calum adds: “The stance of this car is everything. It is fundamentally a driving machine and that has driven every aspect of the design. We have pulled the three signature heartlines back as far as we can to create a dynamic tension. The car possesses a sense of latent power; the potential to leap instantly into action.”
“This car has been designed from first principles. It is an evolution of the design ethos of past Jaguar cars and defines the agenda for a future of dramatic, innovative sports cars. Purity of line and intent is what Jaguar does best.”
The C-X16 also makes use of newly established Jaguar styling signatures such as the subtly rounded trapezoidal grille. Inspired by the C-X75 concept car and recognizably related to the current XF and XJ, this is the focal point for the front end of the car.
The muscular clamshell hood is defined at the outer edges by two sharp creases rising along the upper edges of the front fenders.
The importance of this front fender line is emphasized by the angular form of the headlights, which deliberately follow the rising fender to lead the eye up and along the contours of the car rather than cut across them.
The horizontal front fender vents, like those on the hood, are finished in carbon-fiber.
The defining role of the front fender line is taken up by a further finely chiseled crease that forms a double curve, swelling outwards and upwards from the waist of the car to encompass the muscular haunches that are a Jaguar hallmark.
The rear lights continue the theme set with the C-X75 by extending around the flanks of the car immediately below the tail crease to literally highlight the powerful width of the rear track and, like the grille, provide instant recognition that this is a Jaguar sports car.
In order to retain the unblemished muscularity and uninterrupted airflow along the flanks of the car, the door handles are entirely flush with the bodywork. Touch sensors built into the handles trigger silent electric motors, which present the machined aluminum handles to driver and passenger.
The same desire for stunning simplicity has driven the aerodynamic element of the C-X16 sports car’s design with no unnecessary wings or spoilers. Down force is provided by a discreet front splitter, Venturi-effect tail design and side sills to channel air smoothly along the car’s flanks, all of which are finished in carbon fiber.
The sharp crease created where the curve of the roof meets the tail also aids the aerodynamics by ensuring the air separates cleanly from the bodywork at high speed.
Even standing still, the sense of purpose and power inherent in the C-X16 is unmistakable thanks to a stance that optimizes the relationship between the bodywork and the 21-inch alloy wheels which have been pushed to the extremes edges of the car and finished with a carbon-fiber inlay.