Launched in 1992, the XJ220 was the fastest Jaguar ever produced. 20 years later, it still maintains the title, making it an iconic vehicle to be celebrated. And as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, Jaguar has released a number of images to show it off.
The Jaguar XJ220 started off as a concept in 1988 designed by Keith Helfet and was never intended for production. However, after an overwhelming response at the auto show, Jaguar went on to see its viability as a production model. What they ended up with was a limited run of 350 units. The first customer car was completed in June 1992 with a retail price of £470,000 (about $737,000 at the current exchange rates). The XJ220 remained in production until 1994.
The Jaguar XJ220 was powered by a 3.5-liter, twin turbo V6 engine that delivered a total of 550 HP and 475 lbs-ft of torque. The engine was mated to a five-speed gearbox and an AP Racing twin-plate clutch. This amount of power was enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Also, with an impressive top speed of 213mph, the XJ220 had the highest maximum speed of any production car at that time.
Startech has come out with a new program for the 2011 Jaguar XJ, complete with a new aerodynamic kit and a retooled interior that pushes the luxury refinements on the Big Cat saloon to a new level.
The German tuner is considered one of the best aftermarket companies in the market and it tripped out on the Jag with an aero kit that includes Startech front attachments mounted to the production bumper. The attachments also come with air inlets that add a touch of sportiness and aggressiveness to the XJ. Integrated into the side air inlets are LED daytime running lights that add an element of class and sophistication to the car. The front fenders on the car were also treated with integrated air outlets and side sills that have been attached to the wheel arches. As for the rear, Startech applied a new fascia that has its own integrated diffuser whereas two integrated ’design’ panels provide the trademark Startech looks and a subtle rear spoiler lip on the trunk lid creates aerodynamic balance on the XJ. The luxury car also sits on a new set of 21" Startech Monostar J Diamond Edition wheels that were designed using state-of-the-art forging technology.
The interior of the Jaguar XJ also got some fancy digs courtesy of Startech. It’s not a surprise that the German tuner dressed up the XJ with a multitude of different leather and Alcantara colors. The elaborate black, high-gloss polished piano wood is another highlight of the interior, as is the state-of-the-art multimedia system centered on an Apple iPad, and the electrically deployed tables with leather-trimmed consoles, a Bluetooth keyboard from Apple, and a 20 MBit/s GSM modem that has been integrated into the vehicle to provide a high-speed internet connection through EDGE, HSDPA or HSPA+ protocols.
Twenty years ago, Jaguar hit it big with the XJ220 supercar which set a production-car lap record at the Nurburgring race track. Time has past, but Jaguar is still churning out some pretty fantastic models, including the Jaguar XKR-S launched this year at the Geneva Motor Show.
So what happens when you put the two supercars next to each other? That’s what Chris Harris from British magazine, EVO, did when he had the opportunity to test the two vehicles. The XKR-S may have been left way behind the XJ220, but who cares? We still love the XKR-S with its AJ-V8 all-aluminum powerplant with twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger delivering 550 HP and its impressive top speed of 186 mph! By comparison, the XJ220 is powered by a 3,498cc 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine with 542bhp and can hit a top speed of 220 mph.
Jaguar is known for a lot of things with the words "luxurious," "classy," "elegant," and "powerful" being thrown around most often. Their full lineup of vehicles exude power and class, and have done so since 1949 when the XK 120 was born. They have followed the bigger and better trend over the years, but their elegance and sport have always been a staple in their production.
Their new lineup continues this trend with the XJ, XK, XF models glistening in the light of Jaguar’s success, and offering even more sparkle for the future. This is the face of Jaguar and might we add, it’s something that a lot of us have always dreamed of.
More videos highlighting Jaguar’s Lineup can be found after the jump.
Jaguar is known for a lot of things with the words "luxurious," "classy," "elegant," and powerful being thrown around most often.
Not it appears they’ve added "playful" to their vocabulary.
The British automaker has released a new ad featuring all three of its newest models - the XJ, the XF, and XK - participating in a nice little romp around their natural habitat: the concrete road.
Whether it’s on an isolated and forested area or in an urban warehouse setting, the three models are all at ease with their surroundings, something the company is emphasizing for in their new line.
Cleverly crafted with a fitting tagline - "Welcome to the Jungle" - the new Jaguar ad speaks to the consumer in ways it has never spoken to before. Sure, the cars still fit the words that we have long described them, but now, they’re opening themselves up to a new kind of fun. This is the kind that speaks to the character of these cars as more than just the conservative brand we previously thought they were.
This is the new face of Jaguar. And might we add, it’s something that a lot of us have long waited to see.
For a place that is known for their onslaught of money and exotic cars, Dubai seemed like a for good spot for Jaguar to release two new packages for the XJ luxury sedan. The new Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed packages were revealed at the Dubai International Motor Show and include exterior and interior updates, as well as aerodynamic updates for better performance.
"The XJ is much more than a limousine. Its power and potential mean it can out-perform many so-called sports cars. The new Sport and Speed Packs allow customers to enhance that sporting dynamism even further and create an XJ that looks as good as it drives," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars.
The first new performance driven option pack is called the Speed Pack and was put together for the 510 HP XJ Supersport. The second option pack is the Sport and Speed Pack and was customized for the 470 HP XJ Supercharged. Both packs are available in standard and long wheelbase variants.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Jaguar XJ Sport and Speed Packs.
Right off the bat, we have to admit that this week’s episode of Top Gear USA was a lot funnier than any other episode this season. The majority of the episode was spent trying to figure out which of the three hosts chose a better luxury car. However, instead of being the long and drawn out segment as found in previous episodes, this challenge made us laugh out loud a few times. The guys were driving around the Hamptons in a 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1982 Jaguar XJS, and a 1988 Pontiac Fiero turned Ferrari 308. Oh yeah, the Hamptonites just loved that.
In between the search for the best luxury car for $5,000, Tanner Foust got to take a spin in "the Beast," the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Torchwood star, Arlene Tur took a speedy trip around the Top Gear test track in the Suzuki SX4.
Hit the jump for full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 5.
Japanese tuner, Wald International, is making a habit of slapping on their Black Bison packages to a number of vehicles, including the Lexus LX570, BMW 5-Series F10, and Bentley Continental Flying Spur, among others. Their next vehicle of choice is the previous generation Jaguar XJ (X350) and includes updates made to both the exterior and the interior. Despite the "Black Bison" designation, the car is painted in a very cool blue.
The exterior modifications are mostly the same old story associated with the Black Bison package. The Jaguar sees a number of new spoilers, including a new front bumper spoiler, roof spoiler, rear bumper spoiler, and boot lid spoiler. Side skirts, fender panels, and mirror covers with LED indicators are also added to the mix. The final touch can be found in the new set of 21" Renovatio R12 wheels, wrapped in 255/30R21 tires at the front and 295/25R21 tires at the rear.
As with Wald International’s previously tuned models, the Jaguar XJ X350 gets a new DTM TW240 sports muffler to fine tune its sporty sound. The interior receives the usual leather seats, aluminum insertions, and the obligatory Wald International logo.
The Black Bison package by Wald International is a rather cool tuning package, but we think they may be overdoing it just a bit. Let’s hope that next time they mix things up with a Red Bison or a Green Bison or something.
Here at Topspeed, we love to keep our readers as involved in our pieces as possible and we figured there was no better way to do that than by engaging in a good ’ol hypothetical game of "Car-In-Your-Garage." Okay, so the game is completely made up, but it’s still something that gets us in the mood to think of five cars we’d love to have in our garages. As with any other game of this magnitude, though, there are some rules that we need to follow:
First, the price total of all five cars combined should not exceed $500,000.
Second, at most you can only pick up to two supercars. Third, you need to have FIVE cars on your list in the interest of variety and back-and-forth discussion. Fourth, you don’t have to hit the $500,000 limit exactly. If you’re happy with $300,000 worth, then that’s your call. You’ll be wasting $200 grand in fake money, but who’s really counting, right?
Once you’ve figured out your list, indulge all of us and put it down in the comments section below. If you feel the need to explain why you picked the car, feel free to elaborate.
No one can be a fan of Formula One without knowing the name Flavio Briatore. This multi-millionaire has managed two different Formula One racing teams, most recently Renault F1, and has made a fortune in the fashion industry with the Billionaire fashion and sportswear brand. With a net worth of about $200 million, a man like this certainly has a few elaborate vehicles parked somewhere along his mansion, and a Jaguar XJ220 is one of them.
For whatever reason, Briatore has decided to place his Jaguar up for sale on finestautomotive.com making this the perfect opportunity for a fan to pick up one of the 350 units produced of the vehicle. Up until 1994, the Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production vehicle, hitting a top speed of 217mph. It is powered by a 3,498cc 24-valve twin turbo V6 engine with 542 HP and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.8 seconds.
No specific price has been given for this exquisite ride, but back in 1990, it was priced at $600,000 so expect a tag somewhere in that area.