Who says a hybrid can’t quicken your pulse. Okay, most folks only get excited about a Toyota Prius when they realize they’re saving money at the gas pump. But Jaguar is betting it can get a little adrenaline flowing with an exotic design that uses a hybrid powertrain to enhance its performance, as much or more than to deliver good fuel economy.
We’ve offered a tease of the Jaguar C-X16 already but now we’ve got the first official pics of the “Baby Jag” sports car that the maker plans to unveil at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Ian Callum styling will clearly be familiar to Jag fans, taking the sleek XK to a new level of aero-swept design.
The all-aluminum body and chassis measures just 175 inches nose-to-tail — or about 13 inches shorter than the current XK Coupe and four inches shorter than a Porsche 911 – and 51 inches tall. It would be the smallest Jaguar since the 1954 XK120, in fact. That is, if it goes into production.
“Jaguars have always been dramatically different,” says Callum. “With the C-X16 we have moved the current award-winning design language on to the next generation, creating a car that is the very essence of future Jaguar performance.”