Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jaguar C-X16 Getting Ready for Production

Jaguar C-X16 in White color from 2011 LA Auto Show

There’s nothing better than a fast cat that combines the tradition of the British mark with the modern technology they are starting to focus on nowadays. While more economical diesels or an AWD XJ are coming to bring market success to Jaguar, it’s the spiritual successor to the E-Type that people really want.

A Jaguar insider has today confirmed to Teamspeed that the UK car maker is currently preparing the mass production of the two-seater C-X16 Concept. The wonderful looking concept was released at the 2011 IAA Motor Show in September and got a refreshing new white paint job at the Los Angeles Motor Show two weeks ago.

No time frame has been set for the car’s launch, but Jaguar’s engineers are on the case, meaning anyone waiting for the British marque’s Porsche fighter can certainly start getting excited.

Some test mules based on the XK have previously been spotted, proving the worth of the new V6-powered drivetrain, Jaguar Engineers are now instead focusing on the safety aspects that will make the C-X16 road legal.

The car is likely to be called the Jaguar XE and will be a direct competitor for Porsche’s offering. The drivetrain consists of a supercharged V6 with a hybrid flywheel systems that provides extra go-power. No date of arrival has yet been announced, but the car could be revealed in production trim as early as next year.

The two-seater concept marks a new future for Jaguar with respect to technique and design and show a model positioned under the XK-lineup. A next-generation supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380hp and 450Nm of torque is combined with a Formula 1-inspired hybrid boost system with a steering-wheel mounted button for on-demand acceleration.

Source: GTSpirit & Auto Evolution

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