The Jaguar XJ220 is a mid-engined supercar that was produced by the famous British company in the last century. It was developed as a new small-scale sports car to outshine the legendary Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40.
The Jaguar XJ220 was designed with the direct involvement of Tom Walkinshaw Racing, an experienced engineering firm working closely with the British automaker. The first prototype of the model appeared in 1988.
Features of the prototype
The concept of the future Jaguar XJ220 received a 6.2-liter V12 engine, an all-wheel drive system and lifting doors, which were equipped with Lamborghini cars.
The numbers in the model name indicate the maximum speed of the car, which the company’s engineers tried to achieve (220 mph – 354 km / h).
Differences between the production version and the concept
The production version of the Jaguar XJ 220 turned out to be different from the concept. Firstly, the supercar was deprived of all-wheel drive, and, secondly, a V6 biturbo engine took the place of the 12-cylinder engine.
The 3.5-liter power unit produces 542 horsepower and a maximum torque of 642 Nm. It is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, providing the supercar with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds.
The maximum speed of the Jaguar XJ220, according to the passport, is equal to the intended 354 km / h, however, on the famous German Nürnburgring track, the company’s testers were able to accelerate the car “only” to 340 km / h.
In addition, the production car lost its guillotine doors and became 250 mm shorter – the overall length is 4,930 mm (wheelbase is 2,640), the width is 2,220, and the height is 1,150.
These changes have deprived the supercar of some of its original exclusivity, but made it possible to reduce the weight by 200 kg (up to 1,740), compared to the prototype.
Exterior and interior
The exterior of the Jaguar XJ220 turned out to be bright and memorable. Not as refined as an Alfa Romeo, not as sporty as a Ferrari, and not as muscular and bloated as a Ford muscle car. He was special, one of a kind, a little ridiculous and crazy.
“Blind” head optics, a giant cigar-shaped body with swift lines and grilles on the taillights give the car charm, inconsistency and desire to be different from everyone else.
The interior of the Jaguar XJ220 came out austere and stingy. There are no expensive wood inserts and high-quality leather here. Everything is done to lighten the weight, which means it is very simple.
The only thing that can impress Jaguar inside is a large number of different sensors and instruments, the location of which is a little surprising. For example, a power reserve indicator is built into the door.
Rare and very expensive
For the production of the XJ 220, a plant in Bloxam was launched. Small-scale assembly of the model started in 1991 and ended in 1994.
A total of 275 supercar units were built. It took 12 days to assemble one model, and the price of the Jaguar XJ220 was $ 750,000 – phenomenal money in those days (and even today).
Alas, the Jaguar XJ 220 was not very popular in the market, but was the real king of the roads in the small-batch supercar class. However, very soon he had to make room when the formidable McLaren F1 was born.