Remember the good old days when producing a supercar that could break 200 mph took effort and determination? It was a time when the Ferrari F40 could barely muster the momentum for a 201 mph top speed, while the Lamborghini Diablo crested the magic mark with a top speed of just 202 mph. Then came the Jaguar XJ220, so named for its target top speed of 220 mph. Unfortunately the moniker was a bit optimistic, as the XJ220's fastest recorded top end is reportedly 217 mph, although I only remember one particular buff book that pushed it to 211 mph.
The XJ220 was somewhat of an anomaly with its twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produced a prodigious amount of power: about 530 hp at 7,000 rpm. That's a big number in today's terms; it was unimaginable in a streetcar back in 1992.
So hear it is, the object of my adolescent automotive affections up on eBay. The starting bid was for $20. I hung onto hope until it passed $50,000... sigh. It's at $102,800.00 with about two days left. Anybody want to go halvsies with me?
Thanks for the tip, omar!