Video: Jaguar Reveals C-X16 Production Concept

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Jaguar reveals their highly anticipated C-X16 Production Concept ahead of its live debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Jaguar has just unveiled official photos and details about their upcoming C-X16 Production Concept that's set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week. But this is more than just a concept/design study. No, there's a reason why it's called "Production Concept." What we're seeing here is a very clear preview of the British automaker's upcoming Porsche Cayman-fighter, the XE. The C-X16 is also meant to be a "bold statement of Jaguar's future design and technological intent."

Sounds good so far, but what's under the hood is also vital. Fortunately, Jaguar doesn't disappoint. This compact, rear-wheel drive two-seater is powered by an innovative supercharged 3.0-liter V6 producing 380hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. As part of a new and unique F1-inspired hybrid boost system, there's also a steering wheel-mounted 'Push to Pass' button that increases output by 92hp and 173 lb-ft when pressed. This boost comes via an electric motor powered by a 1.6kWh battery pack which is integrated into the eight-speed gearbox.

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The battery, which is charged through a brake energy regeneration system, is mounted behind the seats making for that magic 50:50 perfect weight distribution. Performance numbers are also solid, going from 0 to 60mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 186mph. As part of its technological leap, the C-X16 can also travel at speeds of up to 50mph under electric power alone and has a C02 emission of 165 g/km. Size-wise, think the Porsche Cayman, as the C-X16 is the smallest Jaguar created since 1954 and the XK-120. The styling is the latest to come from Jaguar design chief Ian Callum.

He has already given us delights such as, well, the entire current Jaguar lineup and the C-X75 concept from the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The C-X16 is undoubtedly a beautiful car and we'd guess it's roughly 95 percent production ready.

The upcoming XE coupe and roadster will look strikingly similar to this concept. But still, we were hoping for a bit more evolution of the Jaguar design language. The Jaguar C-X16 Production Concept will be having its official live debut at Frankfurt.

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