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Revealed: First Official Photos of Jaguar C-X16 Concept

At last, the wait is over: Jaguar has finally released full images and details of its C-X16 concept before its official reveal at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to Jaguar, this is a “production concept,” hinting the C-X16 is, in fact, a preview of the long-promised small sports car that’s due within the next few years.

We’ll have a more extensive look at the car up shortly, but here’s a quick summary: the C-X16 slots in beneath the XK, seats only two, but packs a serious punch. A new all-aluminum supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, lurks underhood. That engine’s paired with a hybrid system that offers a so-called “push to pass” function. Much like the KERS systems employed in Formula One racing, an electric motor — rated at 93 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque — can provide an extra boost.

Jaguar says that powertrain is just as mean as it is green: in fact, the automaker claims it can rocket the C-X16 from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and ultimately to a top speed of 186 mph. Better yet, it’ll look darn good doing so, thanks to a slender, curvaceous form that blends cues from both the XK and the forthcoming C-X75 supercar.

Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest on the C-X16 concept and other news surrounding the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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