Jaguar C-X16 debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show
NEUTRON WHITE C-X16 IN DOWNTOWN LA
Jaguar's C-X16 production concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th. Ahead of its appearance at the show the all-aluminium C-X16, finished in Neutron White, added a future-looking aspect to the contemporary LA evening skyline on East 6th Street Bridge having first prowled downtown on Mesquit and Matteo Streets.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "Jaguar has always had a sporting heart, and the C-X16 is the perfect embodiment of our vision for a true 21st century Jaguar sports car. It's fast, it's beautiful, and it also highlights our commitment to the development of sustainable powertrain technologies.
"As it's an indication of how a Jaguar sports car may look in the future, we're eager to gauge the reaction to the C-X16 here in the important North American market, and the Los Angeles Auto Show provides us with the perfect platform to do so".
A stunning vision of Jaguar's future intent in the sports car segment, the C-X16 features perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a prototype hybrid powertrain comprising a 380PS (280kW), 332lb ft (450Nm) supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, allied to an electric motor producing an additional 70kW and 235Nm (equivalent to 95PS and 173lb ft). Driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission, this hybrid powertrain gives the lightweight C-X16 the potential to accelerate to 62mph in 4.4 seconds before going on to reach 186mph.
The C-X16's Neutron White aluminium bodywork is wrapped as tightly as possible around its advanced mechanicals, its lithe stance highlighting its dynamic ability. The use of simple but purposeful lines allied to a low sweeping roof and tail give the C-X16 a muscular but sculptured look that can only be a Jaguar.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars, said: "A Jaguar sports car should have clear visual movement in its design, and the C-X16 is the perfect demonstration of that goal. Each of its lines begins with a sense of purpose, and ends with a sense of clarity.
"It's that approach that has given the C-X16 its purposeful stance, and nowhere has that been more in evidence than when I saw it here on the streets of LA. Look at the C-X16 and you want to drive it – and that's just how a Jaguar sports car should make you feel."