The E-Type successor is finally here: Jaguar unveiled the C-X16 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
This ends the years of speculation about a small Jaguar sports car, which will be the first since the historic E-Type, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Jaguar has gone for a petrol electric hybrid engine which produces 470bhp combined with most of the power coming from a 3.0-litre supercharged V6. To improve efficiency and help cut emissions Jaguar have fitted a direct-injection and twin-vortex supercharger which should improve throttle response.
The electric motor has a useful 95bhp and its party piece is when a button on the steering wheel is pushed it provides the driver with extra power for ten seconds. This system has been called "push to pass" which is inspired by F1 Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which has made a big impact in Formula One this year.
The Hybrid system improves fuel economy around town and you can even run on electric only at speeds of up to 30mph. The official Figures for the Jaguar C-X16 are 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed limited to 186mph with a combined fuel consumption of 41mpg, while CO2 emissions will come in at just 165g/km.
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