It shouldn't come as a surprise that this supercar's actually a hybrid. Integrated into its eight-speed gearbox is a motor generator that can pump out an extra 94 horses at the touch of a boost button a la Formula One. There is also a sensible side to this technology that allows the C-X16 to cruise at 80 km/h solely on battery power. And with the heft of its 1.6 kWh battery pack sitting behind the driver, it achieves an ideal 50/50 weight distribution.
Designed by Ian Callum, the man behind the XK and XF, the C-X16 paves the way for Jaguar's future design and technological advancement. And while it takes on the distinctive Jaguar silhouette, they've definitely found new source of inspiration sculpting the front and back ends. The result, however beautiful, is not as bad ass as we had hoped. To our eyes, it’s a mash up of a 599's fascia and 911's roof with a Fisker Karma tossed in the mix.
The C-X16 will be the smallest feline Jaguar has built since 1954. This could mean that the Brits are going back to basics with the compact two-seater rear-wheel drive formula. And if this is their idea of sustainable energy, then count us in.