Keeping The Jaguar XJ220 Alive And Fast: Video
When talking about Jaguar, sports cars and motorsports success are the first two things that come to mind. The Brits became highly competitive on the track in the 1940s and went on to win seven 24 Hours of Le Mans races between 1951 and 1990. From the XK-120C, C-Type, and D-Type of the 1950s to the XJR racers of the late 1980s, Jaguar showed the world it has what it takes to build fast, innovative, and reliable race cars. But despite having things to brag about on the race track, Jaguar never had a proper supercar until 1993. That’s when the JX220 was born.
Developed in cooperation with the brand’s long-time partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the XJ220 was Jaguar’s only attempt at building a production supercar. Produced between 1992 and 1994 in only 275 units, the XJ220 was praised for its throttle response and precise handling, but criticized for its subpar interior and subdued presence among other supercars. The £470,000 sticker and the fact that the car received a turbo V-6 engine instead of the V-12 Jaguar initially promised didn’t help either. However, the fact that the 542-horsepower engine was able to provide 0-to-60 mph sprints of only 3.8 seconds and top speeds of 213 mph was enough to earn it a place in the "Supercars Hall of Fame."
Check out Drive’s latest video for the history the XJ220, and the story of a father and son who are responsible for Jaguar’s only supercar to date.