Jaguar C-X16 Concept in the Flesh
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Jaguar C-X16 Concept in the Flesh

2011 Los Angeles Auto Show


The Jaguar C-X16 concept is nothing new to us. It premiered at the Frankfurt show a few months ago. We were already pretty excited, but now that we've seen it in person, we can say it's easily one of the most attractive designs out there.

Jaguar decided to give the concept C-X16 a fresh coat of Neutron White paint for the L.A. crowd. Honestly, I prefer the silver from the Frankfurt show, but it's still a stunner. Aggressive vents in the front fascia, a long sculpted hood and aggressive rear haunches have me hoping this concept makes it to production untouched. I Photochopped a convertible, but I've got my eyes on the coupe and its side-opening rear hatch that is reminiscent of the old E-Type coupes.

Then there are the mechanicals. A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes 380 hp, paired with an electric motor that adds another 96 horses. OK, it may not be supercar territory, but the cool factor far outweighs the outright power. Taking a cue from Formula 1 KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology, the C-X16 uses a regenerative braking system to charge a supplemental battery. The charge from that battery is unleashed through the electric motor for a 10-plus-second boost. Yes, that's "push-to-pass" for the street.

Given that this is a hybrid system, fuel economy is claimed to be as high as 41 mpg on the highway. It's doubtful that you'll see that kind of mileage if you explore the C-X16's performance limits, which Jaguar estimates at 4.2 seconds to reach 60 mph on the way to an electronically limited 186 mph.

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