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A Milestone From Jaguar

Reviewing: Jaguar 1992 Xj220  |  Rating:
Chuck Ekere By Chuck Ekere on
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Among Ferraris, Lambos, Porsches, and other supercars of the early '90s the Jaguar XJ220 was the British brand's third, luxury supercar, after the XJ13 and XJR15. The XJ220 was built by TWR and Jaguar Sport in collaboration, since the XJR15 was not a proper road car, and did not exactly match the popular, big name supercars. The idea first originated from Jim Randle, leader of Jaguar's Saturday Night Club, whose goal was to create for Jaguar not only an update to the mid-engined XJR15, but a supercar that would better compete with the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 and restore Jaguar to its glorious racing days after their financial trouble of the '80s. Initially, Jaguar had no knowledge of the secret project, but eventually found out and rolled out the 1988 Jaguar XJ220 Concept in the Birmingham Motor Show. The car's name suggested the targeted top speed of 220 mph. Its immense weight and size was caused by Jaguar's legendary, race derived 500HP V12 powerplant from the XJR9, the scissor door system, and the Ferguson All wheel drive. The vehicle, priced at $530, 000 USD, was sought by some of the world's biggest car collectors, many of which paid an additional deposit of $80, 000 USD, based on the promise of this XJ220, but then in 1992, TWR made the production model with a race developed 3.5 L turbo-charged DOHC V6, the heavy Ferguson 4WD system was exchanged for a lighter 2WD System, and the scissor-door system was swapped for conventional doors. It was found that the V6 produced a 10% increase in power and the lighter weight of the 2WD allowed the car to accelerate quicker, however, customers felt they had been scammed and refused delivery. In 1992, Andy Wallace took the car to a top speed of 213 mph, which made it the worlds fastest car until the 1994 McLaren F1 was launched, and better yet, Martin Brundle took another XJ220, disconnected the catalyc converters and hit 217 mph. A year later, Jaguar entered 3 XJ220s in the Fast Masters Race. Despite its discrepancies, the XJ220 collector car remains a must in any auto collection, and can be found for anywhere from $170, 000 to $270, 000 online. I bought mine for $179, 000 and I drove the vehicle a few times a week, and I was stunned. I just pushed the pedal and reached 213 in no more than 12 seconds. The car is not only fun to drive, but is very aesthetic on the outside and the cockpit is very comfortable, just like any other Jaguar. Despite the unusually wide body, the car is easy to use on the track, Highway, and Country Roads and one can easily adapt to the vehicle.