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Jaguar C-X16 Hybrid Concept

The Jaguar C-X16 is a traditional two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe. The styling could be likened to a scaled-down Jaguar XK, and also shows hints of design from the XF and XJ. A long hood slopes into the car’s nose and gaping front grille. Big creases extend along the car’s sides and into its muscular rear shoulders — broad, rounded haunches are a Jaguar coupe signature. The roofline slopes fastback-style toward a tail that narrows slightly. Jaguar describes the car’s profile as exhibiting a “double coke-bottle” curve and says the tail mimics an airplane wing.

Beneath the elegant metal is a hybrid powertrain headlined by a 3.0-liter, all-aluminum V-6 engine that is supercharged and direct-injected. A derivative of Jaguar’s V-8 engines, the V-6 produces 374 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and has Intelligent Stop/Start to reduce fuel consumption.

The driver and his or her passenger sit in a cabin filled with Vermillion Red leather, carbon fiber, and machined aluminum trim. Much of the interior design was inspired by that of aircraft, so the shift lever looks like a fighter-jet joystick and many switches are machined toggles. There even is an Intelligent Venting System which rapidly cools or heats the car’s interior: a vent, styled after fighter-jet air intakes, rises out of the dashboard to provide a blast of hot or cold air, then recedes back into the dash. Carbon fiber is used for the seat braces, center console, and even some parts of the dashboard.  [via] The question is will it go into production…

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