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Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 interior

Jaguar B99 GT2 by Bertone

Jaguar B99 GT2 by Bertone
Make Jaguar
Model B 99
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine Hybrid

The Jaguar B 99 concept was created by the Italian styling firm Bertone, who were working to a brief set by the Jaguar design chief Ian Callum.

Aside from being a proposal for a new entry-level Jag, the B 99 concept also commemorates Bertone's 99th anniversary - and that explains the name.

The Jaguar B99 is a sleek looking machine which incorporates several traditional Jaguar styling cues not found on the company's most recent models. There's the long, low hood and chunky, slab-like sides, as well as the familiar rounded rectangular grille and commanding cockpit view. The front and rear of the car mirror each other in terms of design, there are thin, slit-like headlights and taillights, and the shape of the front grille is replicated at the rear too.

Measuring in at 4.5 meters (14.7 ft) long, 1.95 meters (6.4 ft) wide and 1.35 meters (4.4 ft) high the Jaguar B 99 is smaller than its proportions suggest - it's similar in size to a BMW 3-Series.

The bodywork is devoid of any unnecessary clutter or decoration, and even the styling lines are kept to a minimum. The doorhandles have been minimized to help keep the sides as clean as possible, the location of the handles also reveals another trick to the B 99 - rear hinged rear doors. Although their size suggests there isn't an excess of space for the rear-seat occupants.

The Jaguar B99 concept is powered by a modular, Extended Range Hybrid system which utilizes twin 204 hp (150kW) electric engines connected to the inboard side of the rear axle for propulsion and a lightweight 1.4 litre engine producing 170 hp (125 kW) for range extension, giving a combined power output of 570 horsepower (425 kW). The engine recharges the Lithium-ion batteries, allowing for a theoretical range of 434 miles (700 kilometers) of highway driving between fill-ups with a carbon dioxide output of around 30 g Co2/km. The B99 can also travel in full electric mode offering zero emissions for 62 miles (100kms).

The interior of the Jaguar B99 concept features an expansive panel of polished wood across the facia. And in a nod to the classic exterior design, the driver is met with four analogue gauges. The more modern gadgets, like sat-nav and infotainment system, are hidden behind sliding panels to keep the interior looking sleek and luxurious.

In addition to the street car, Bertone also developed a GT2 lookalike. The idea being that if Jaguar can make the B99 a competitive racer, then the road car will be able to stand up to the likes of the BMW 3 Series in the corners.

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Source: Autobild and Autocar

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