Jaguar C-X16 Concept Makes Us Forget The F-Type

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

It’s been a long road for Jaguar’s long-awaited sub-XK sportscar, as fans have been holding their breath for something small, tossable and decked out in Ian Callum sheet metal since the 2000 F-Type Concept. And though this C-X16 is technically a concept, it’s been approved for production and according to Autocar its supercharged V6 hybrid drivetrain is

expected to appear in other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles before the end of next year.

Unfortunately, between the hybrid drivetrain and a platform that will also be used on the next-gen XK, the C-X16 isn’t as light as the new 911 it benchmarks. I’m not a huge fan of the interior either, which Jaguar calls “1 + 1.” But with Carrera performance, high-tech toys like a KERS regenerative braking system, and about 3,500 lbs of kerb weight, the C-X16 has a lot of the things people look for in a premium sportscar. Besides, once Porsche’s “Baby Boxster” comes out, perhaps Jaguar will follow it closer to “true Roadster” territory…

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  • Mazder3 Mazder3 on Sep 07, 2011

    Wouldn't mind parking one of these next to my B99 when I win Powerball, all my stocks make big digit gains, and the executor for the estate of my late long-lost cousin from Nigeria finally sends the check. :)

  • Will_atlantic Will_atlantic on Sep 07, 2011

    I like the loud interior, except for the bar on the passenger side of the gear selector. I mean, it covers up the HVAC controls - and could a car this expensive really come without dual-zone? On the other hand, I suppose it's a control freak's dream come true!

  • Arthur Dailey Have to admit that I love that interior colour. And also like the upholstery on the seats and the inside of the door panels. And when was the last time you saw a door hanging coffee cup holder? Some here probably didn't know that such a device existed.
  • Buickman this is about cars. I miss Robert.
  • 28-Cars-Later Can we end debt slavery next? Its getting to the point where its no longer voluntary.
  • Carson D Honda and Toyota still make the best American cars.
  • Slavuta I just though, with this rate we could make Cinco De Mayo a national holiday as well. Since we have tens of millions of American Mexicans, and probably more than African Americans