Jaguar has officially sloughed off the traditional designs that stood for decades. The new design era is officially in full swing, and they’ve not only penned but created the next star in their lineup, the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, which will show up in Frankfurt next week. This one’s got some big shoes to fill, as it was created as a long-time coming successor to the classic Jaguar E-Type. Not only does it address the past, it claims to hunt down the present by putting Porsche’s latest street scalpel, the Cayman, right in its crosshairs.
The C-X16 will house a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 that snorts out 375 horses. But that’s not all, folks. Hybrid technology throws in another 95 hp via a supplementary electric motor, mean and green. It’ll do sub-5 second 0-60 runs and has the advantage of 10 second bursts of torque from the electric motor keyed in via a “push to pass” button on the dash and indicated by a special light that shows a full charge. The C-X16 will also hit a top speed of 186 mph. The overall design is elegant and aggressive, while carrying forward some nice E-Type styling cues, such as the rectangular grille. The interior is Jaguar posh but contemporary with red leather covered composite seats and Alcantara suede on the dash and headliner. We’ll see this beauty in showrooms in late 2012 and a delectable roadster will appear shortly after.