The latest concept, due for a complete unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is the C-X16 Production Concept, shown here in the first official images, and it looks much more like something that will see high-volume production.
That, of course, is because it will. Dropping the ubiquitous eight-cylinder engines in the current range of sports/GT cars, the C-X16 instead employs a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 plus an "experimental" performance hybrid system like that found on the Limo-Green research car. That doesn't mean it's short on power though: it packs 375 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. According to Jaguar, that's good for 4.4 seconds to 62 mph and 186 mph top speed. Fifty to 75 mph takes just 2.1 seconds--meaning strong passing.
A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission shifts the gears, start-stop enhances fuel economy, OLED displays on the switchgear give the car a high-tech feel, and the interior is clearly aimed at balancing sport with luxury, with features like an "intelligent" automatic climate control system, composite seats with a carbon fiber spine, and red leather upholstery.
The coolest feature, however, may be the somewhat F1-like "push to pass" button the steering wheel that controls the "hybrid boost function," delivering more power when the driver wants it.
Check out page two for the full press release once you're done ogling the images in the gallery below and this latest video.