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2013 Jaguar C-X16

Published July 19, 2012

As much as I have always appreciated Jaguar for their superior craftsmanship and quality I’ve never really ever seen myself owning a one. Its not meant as a slight to Jaguar. Its just that despite their elegant lines and upper class appeal a Jaguar was just never my cup of tea. Until now that is. Now I will drink all the tea Jaguar will pour down my throat as long as it is in the shape of their brand new C-X16. It is leaps and bounds from any model they’ve ever produced and looks every bit the serious sports car. It sheds all of the automaker’s previous snobbish air and is going straight to the jugular.

The C-X16 is loaded with a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 engine managing 380bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It doesn’t stop there. Implemented into the eight-speed gearbox is a electric motor located behind the seats that is powered by battery that receives its charge through brake energy regeneration. This electric engine gives an additional boost of 95bhp and 173lb ft. All this literally at the tip of the driver’s fingers by means of a boost button on the steering wheel. That’s right I said boost button. How very…James Bond.

Behind the wheel expect to make 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and top out at 186mph. And as an interesting and impressive note the Jaguar C-X16 is capable of jumping from 50-75mph in a mere 2.1 seconds. Running the car on nothing but the electric engine will get you 50mph with a CO2 emissions reading at just 165g/km. Its also rumored that there will be a diesel and some V8 variations available as well.

The interior is advanced and inspiring yet not overly tech heavy in appearance like so many concept cars we see. Even the instrument panel controls are old school dials and the air conditioning control knobs display the temperature. The backs of the seats are carbon form and don’t give much but something tells me no one is going to mind much.

But the truly amazing part, and something else that makes it different from so many automakers concepts, is that Jaguar is telling us this car is going into production. In all likelihood we’ll be seeing the C-X16 roll off the assembly line come the end of 2012. Merry Christmas everybody.

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Calvin Escobar
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The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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