Jaguar has utilised the platform provided by the Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal a brand new concept car - a coupe with the code-name C-X16 that will slot in just below the XK in the Jaguar range.
The new model, like the XJ saloon and the XK, utilises a structure manufactured largely from aluminium. In the interest of better handling, the car also has a 50/50 weight distribution between the front and the rear.
According to provisional figures provided by Jaguar, the C-X16 will be able to accelerate from 0 - 62mph in about 4.4 seconds. The car's top speed will be in the region of 186 miles per hour. This is similar to what we have seen from the XK - the difference lies in the fact that the XK needs a 5-litre V8 engine to achieve this, while the C-X16 uses a hybrid system consisting of a 300bhp 3-litre V6 petrol engine and a 95bhp electric motor. This means the new model's emission figures will be much lower than that of the XKR-S: 165g/km compared to 292g/km.
The electric motor will be utilised on an "on demand" basis. The driver can activate the motor whenever he needs more power by pressing what Jaguar refers to as the "Push to Pass" button.
With a total length of only 4.445m, the new C-X16 will be the shortest Jaguar for more than 40 years. It will inevitably be compared to the legendary E-Type.
If you would like to own one of these beauties, prepare for a price tag between 60,000 and 80,000 Euros.
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