• Mar 13, 2007


Winding Road
was recently at a California exotic car dealer and spotted this rare Jaguar XJ220 S supercar. One of only nine made, this semi-race version of the big cat was redone by TWR to coax 680 hp and 527 ft-lbs. of torque from its turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. It also went on an extreme diet, replacing the all-aluminum body with one made of carbon fiber, making the cat good for 0-60 in 3.3 seconds on its march to a top end of 228 mph. Shouldn't it be renamed the XJ228 then?

Three of these cars were raced and six were sold as street cars with several finding their way to L.A., passing through one of the Keuylian dealerships. This particular XJ (and a nearly identical black one) have received custom Kinesis wheels and new Infiniti Q45 projector headlights. These slight changes instantly take 10 years off the age of these 1993 supercars.

It might be hard for many people to remember, but the XJ220 was a project that saw Jaguar at the top of the supercar hill for a brief shining moment, despite lengthy delays and detail changes to the car over its development period. Following the F40 and 959, and immediately preceding the McLaren F1, the XJ220 didn't quite match its eponymous speed, but came close at 217. Of course, Gordon Murray made that a moot point anyhow, and the crumbling supercar market almost killed Jaguar altogether. We're glad to see one of these still rolling and looking just as beautiful as ever with its new eyes. Click the read link for a few more pics.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      At least the head lamps will work :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I remember correctly the original XJ220 did 0-100mph in something like 7.9 seconds. What on earth would this one do? Amazing, and beautiful !!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought it was more the fact that they had promised a larger engine and then put in the V6 at the end which really killed the buzz around the car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The XJ 220 was not 220inches long. It was supposed to have a nice V12 and four wheel drive (like the Bugatti EB110) and go 220nph.
      34:45 is the start of the XJ220

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8373681072916073474
      • 7 Years Ago
      The "Q-ship" reference was indeed a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Q45 headlamps. Apologies if you didn't catch that allusion.

      The 9 units built figure is based on the 9 chassis that Jag allocated for the XJ220S/C project to TWR. 6 were destined to be made into street cars while 3 were raced as XJ220 Cs. One of the 6 street models was not officially converted by TWR and was possibly raced before being converted back into a stock XJ220.
      http://wspr-racing.com/chassis/xj220.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most beautiful supercar of the last 30 years IMO. They should have left it with the factory rear spoiler though, looks much better than that batmobile abbhoration they've fitted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.trappspeed.com

      Unreal! Wow the XJ220 has always been one of those dream cars.

      I'm jealous already.
      PasserBy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is for sale in Los angeles. Same S type that was at SIMA in 2010. It's at a shop on sunset blvd acros the street from the hustler store, with a bat themed smart car. the smart car as designed by george barris. And there is a killer corvett with all kinds of carbon fiber over it. it's black on black on black!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually ordered one of these from Jaguar.
      When it was a rumored project I called them up and they told me they hadn't even opened an order book. But they said that they would hold my details on file. Then it became apparent that they would NOT put the 6.0L V12 engine (detuned) from the LeMans and IMSA racer.
      Jaguar called me back and told me I could have the numbr one order p[osition for the 220. I respectfully declined because I (and the market thereafter agreed) that a turbo V6 car had much less linkage to their racing pedigree and would not be likely to retain and build value. Thankgoodness I made that choice as the bottom fell out of the market and these very nice Jags suffered, expecially through having the "wrong" engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #13 - thanks for the link. The red one is at the Marconi Museum, which we'll be profiling soon. The black one is the "sister" car to the silver one featured in the post. It has the same wheels and headlights and was the other car at the dealer when I first saw it a couple of years ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this XJ220 is not a Q-Ship by any stretch of the imagination. a Q-Ship is a very unassuming car that hides its sports car performance: a sleeper. this XJ220 is modded, but for god's sake its still an XJ220 so it can and will never be a sleeper... you guys are AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISTS, you should know this stuff!
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the way, the ultimate Q-ship might be the Ford Transit van with a transplanted XK220 engine that once did 179mph around Millbrook's high-speed bowl.
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