Cars Coming Soon: Finally, a Jaguar to Fight the Porsche Boxster

Jaguar C-X16

A Jaguar sports car to sit under the XK is one of two things in this world certain to hit the market, yet set back by years of rumors and false starts.

The other was the Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy.

I’m proud to say I won a Dr. Pepper on the GNR bet, and now it’s been confirmed that the next Jaguar will indeed come to market. When, exactly, remains unknown, but the C-X16 will debut in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month.

The concept will come in coupe form, which technically makes it a Porsche Cayman fighter. I’d bet a Dr. Pepper that a production version, likely dubbed the XE, will include a cabriolet too, thus giving the Boxster something to have nightmares about. I mean, just look at the thing. It looks like… well… just like every other sports coupe ever penned by lead designer Ian Callum. To which I say: fantastic.

Jaguar C-X16, rearPower comes from an all-new supercharged 3.0-liter V6, derived from the 5.0-liter Jag V8, and produces 376 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. The C-X16 concept takes Jaguar’s history of supercharging into the 21st century with the addition of a “push to pass” hybrid system controlled through a steering-wheel-mounted button.

An electric motor is integrated behind the rear seats with an 8-speed gearbox, contributing to a perfect 50:50 weight ratio. The 1.6kWh battery pack delivers an on-demand 92 hp and 173 lb-ft of twist when the button is pressed. Coolest idea in a car ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Performance numbers include a zero-60 time of 4.3 seconds and a 186-mph top speed, numbers eclipsed only by its 165 g/km C02 emissions and the car’s ability to travel short distances on electric power alone. I’m typically not a fan of cars with hybrid motors, but, in this case, it appears a hybrid has made it to the top of the list of my latest obsessions.

More details will be available in just about a week…

Could an upstart new Jaguar take on an established car like Porsche’s Boxster? I know which one would look better in my garage!

-tgriffith

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2 Comments

  1. Not so sure a 50:50 weight ratio is that great when you get it by adding several hundred pounds of battery and electric motor. This car carries complexity to an absurd level. Why not bolt on some turbochargers and a electro drizzleflippens while they’re at it? Kind of sad for one who remembers driving and looking at the V12 under the hood of XK-E roadsters. Those were cars that had more class than a garage full of these high-tech nightmares, and you could actually work on them yourself.

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