Many reports had suggested the much-anticipated new sports car from the British manufacturer would be a replacement for the iconic E-Type, but the modern lines of the C-X16 suggest otherwise.
Instead it is a completely new model which will sit underneath the Jaguar XK coupe, complete with hybrid engine setup and F1-style overtaking boost.
As expected with the aluminium-structure concept car, which is set to be unveiled in the metal at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, the main focus is on performance.
Power comes from a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine developing 380PS and 450Nm of torque, but this is extended by a 95PS electric motor charged via a combination of battery pack and using energy when the car brakes.
The result is a car capable of 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds – tellingly 0.6 seconds faster than the Porsche Cayman R – and a top speed of 186mph.
This system is bolstered by a ‘hybrid boost’ system which provides extra acceleration when a button is pressed to aid overtaking. The system has been described by Jaguar as ‘F1-inspired’, a nod to the KERS technology used in the racing cars.
However, the hybrid system also offers CO2 emissions of 165g/km, bringing the V6 sports car down into the territory of the humble family car in terms of running costs.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars: “The C-X16 embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future.”
The new Jaguar C-X16 concept remains a concept car for now but production car is expected to arrive in the future to take on Porsche.
Prices for a future production model are expected to start from over £50,000 in the UK but no details have been finalised by Jaguar so far.