Best concept of the year? The Jaguar C-X16

The Jaguar C-X16 concept car, the precursor to the brand-new F-Type roadster, has this month won the accolade for Design Concept Car of the Year at the 2012 Scottish Car of the Year Awards.

Before the Jaguar F-Type was revealed in all its glory during last month’s 2012 Paris Motor Show, the design for the new sports car was teased last year through a concept model the C-X16.

The two-seater concept attracted a lot of attention when it was revealed to the public, helping to create more excitement for the final production model before the F-Type was finally revealed.

Now after the reveal of the F-Type, the C-X16 concept has been deemed worthy of further praise, following earlier concept awards it received last year.

The Design Concept award from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers was one of two accolades Jaguar received at the 2012 Scottish Car of the Year Awards. The classic Jaguar E-Type was also named at the ceremony as “the most iconic car of the last 50 years”.

In comparing the C-X16 to the F-Type, there are several noticeable parallels in each design.

Both cars feature a new interpretation of the distinct angular Jaguar grille, from which flows the muscular clamshell bonnet, as well as a muscular rear end complete with a low tail.

The production F-Type will boast an exciting engine line-up, which includes a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 with two outputs of 335bhp or 375bhp. The range-topping F-Type will use an impressive 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol unit with just over 490bhp.

The Jaguar F-Type will go on sale in the UK during mid 2013, specifically as a two-door convertible model. A hard top coupe version will follow at some time later next year.

Initially the F-Type will be available from £58,500; motorists will be able to get their hands on one through Perrys Jaguar Dealership located in Huddersfield.