The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is now open to the public, and the Inhabitat team was on the scene for press days this week to check out the show’s hottest green cars and concepts. One car that combines the sex appeal of a muscled sports car with the fuel economy of a hybrid is the drop-dead gorgeous Jaguar C-X16 Hybrid concept. Make no mistake: This two-seat coupe is a performance car first and a green machine second.
The C-X16 Hybrid made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, where it dazzled car lovers with its supercharged 375-horsepower, V-6 engine, and this is its first visit to North America. With it, Jaguar is trying to make the point that fuel-efficient cars shouldn’t be the sole domain of family cars and commuter vehicles. The car has electric motor that runs off a 1.6 killowatt-hour lithium ion battery, which is charged by harvesting kinetic energy from the engine during braking.
For the LA show, Jaguar changed the paint job on the C-X16 from silver to white, but the rest of the car, with its retro-chic look, remains the same. As for fuel economy, the car has been estimated at 41 mpg on highways, but that probably won’t apply if you test its top speed of 186 miles per hour. For now, the C-X16 is a concept and nothing more, but due to its popularity, many have been speculating that production could be just around the corner.