Unveiled as a concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X16 was heralded as a dynamic sports car that heralded the future of Jaguar design and performance. While it never made it into production in its original form, the design and technology demonstrated by the C-X16 heavily influenced Jaguar's later models, particularly the F-Type.
The Jaguar C-X16 was unique in that it paired a traditional internal combustion engine with an electric motor in a hybrid system. The concept car was powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 petrol engine that produced 375 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This engine was mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
What made the C-X16 particularly interesting was its "Push to Pass" system. An electric motor, powered by a 1.6kWh battery pack, was integrated into the gearbox and could add an additional 94 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque for short periods. The result was a car capable of 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph, according to Jaguar. Read more
Designed under the leadership of Jaguar's Design Director, Ian Callum, the C-X16 was a compact, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater with a design that emphasized its performance credentials. Its long bonnet, muscular haunches, and swooping roofline were classic Jaguar, while the aggressive front end and large wheels gave it a modern, assertive stance.
Inside, the C-X16 was every bit a Jaguar, with a driver-focused cockpit, high-quality materials, and advanced technology. The concept featured a multi-function, three-spoke steering wheel, sport seats, and a configurable display that replaced traditional dials.
As a concept car, the Jaguar C-X16 was not available for purchase and thus did not have sales figures. However, its design and technology heavily influenced the Jaguar F-Type, which has been a significant model for Jaguar since its introduction in 2013.