You may conjure up visions of luxury sedans and boulevard cruisers when you think of Jaguar, but the Leaping Cat marque has also made some wickedly fast sports cars over the years.

Foremost among them is surely the XJ220, the all-out, world-conquering supercar Coventry produced in the early '90s. A Jaguar XJ220 set the Nürburgring lap record in 1992 when John Nielsen recorded a 7:46 lap – a record that held until it was finally unseated at the turn of the millennium.

The question is, could Jaguar's latest production model match the aging Super Cat for pace around the Norschleife? To find out, Evo's Chris Harris took the new XKR-S down to Eifel and brought along the XJ220... piloted by the same John Nielsen, no less. Follow the jump to see how it went down.



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      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 220 still looks good after all these years
      chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome video, and I LOVE the XJ220. I'd be hesitant about taking it around the 'Ring all-out though. Should something happen to the XKR-S, there are parts readily available, or just whole cars altogether. But there aren't too many XJ220's running around out there...
        HW
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chris
        doubt it was ALL out, if an ex-racing driver went all out the xkr-s would have been gone long ago
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      They dont make em like they used to . . . . .
      svntsvn
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a timeless JAG
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely badass video! Loved it! The XJ220 is such an amazing machine, and watching it just pull away so effortlessly from a 500+ hp car is incredible! The commentary was great as well, and I really liked the "FLAMES!" haha so great wish there was more!
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The XJ220, easily one of the coolest cars ever. I was lucky enough to see 12 of them in person at the RM auctions place in Ontario, Canada probably 5 years ago.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      XJ is pure sex. I can't say the same thing about the XKR-S no matter how much power and no matter how fast it might be. That car needs a clean-sheet redesign badly.
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know how they are doing any comparison, since they didn't mention any times or anything. But who cares? Seeing an XJ220 tearing it up at the 'ring is awesome! Too bad the soundtrack we were hearing was the XKR-S, though (not that it sounds bad).
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember when my brother got a XJ 220 1/20th (ish) size model from Costco back in the day...I thought it was so cool
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        I still have mine! It's 1/18th BTW.
        Gator
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bobmarley
        Have that same model from back in the day when I was a kid. The thing was bad ass!!
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a Jagasm.
      jelli
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! I remember as a teen drooling over this car - it was so much more sleek, aerodynamic, and exotic looking than anything Ferrari or Lamborghini had! So cool to see it is still as awesome as I remember! Great Video, "Flames!!"
      luckydaniel1
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was amazing
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