Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars
"C-X16 draws inspiration from both our sporting qualities and our current leading-edge research into future powertrain technologies and consequently delivers an irresistible proposition on both emotional and rational levels."
The front-mounted supercharged V6 engine develops 375HP (280kW) and 332lb-ft of torque from a capacity of 3.0-liters. A modular development of Jaguar AJ-V8, the all-new power plant points the way to the next generation of highly efficient, powerful, gasoline fueled internal combustion engines.
The new V6 uses the same lightweight aluminum architecture as the eight-cylinder engine with a high-pressure, die-cast block with cross-bolted main bearing caps for increased strength and refinement. The dual-cam, four-valve cylinder heads are constructed with recycled aluminum to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.
Optimized for bore and stroke, the V6 also features a second-generation Direct Injection fueling system with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. An electronic bypass for the sixth-generation twin vortex Roots-type supercharger allows much more precise boost control to reduce fuel consumption.
PERFORMANCE AND REFINEMENT
These advances in efficiency allow the V6 to produce a specific power output of 125HP per liter. Allied to the performance-boosting electric motor the result is astonishing – 0-62 mph (0-100kmh) in 4.4 seconds, a governed top speed of 186 mph and roll-on acceleration of just 2.1 seconds between 50 and 75 mph.
To ensure the power plant delivers not only the power but also the refinement that Jaguar cars are famous for, the V6 features a patented system of independently rotating balancer weights at the front and rear of the engine. Anyone familiar with the smooth, powerful V8 will find that the V6 shares all its power delivery and refinement characteristics, with of course its own stirring soundtrack, while delivering improved economy and emissions meeting SULEV 30 and EU VI standards.
The Jaguar C-X75 supercar concept introduced a game-changing approach to performance cars with its range-extending hybrid powertrain. Now, the C-X16 represents a further avenue of research in Jaguar’s mission to develop sustainable powertrain technologies and bring them to production.
ADVANCED ALUMINUM ARCHITECTURE
The Jaguar performance ethos has its roots in the company’s Advanced Aluminum Architecture program, which focuses on agility, power-to-weight and sustainability benefits. The Limo Green project, conducted in association with the UK’s Technology Strategy Board, combined this lightweight construction with a highly experimental hybrid powertrain that was further developed in the C-X75 supercar concept.