The Jaguar XJ220 was first launched
as a concept car at the Birmingham International Motor Show
in October 1988. Following the reception received by the concept,
a feasibility study was conducted and it was announced in December
1989 that the car would go into limited production. The model
was developed by the JaguarSport joint venture. The first production
model was unveiled in October 1991 with the first customer delivery
in June 1992.
Like the Jaguar XK120, the XJ220
name referred to the projects target top speed of 220mph (350km/h).
Rather than the concept cars Jaguar V12 engine, the production
car used a redesigned Rover V6 engine which powered the XJ220
to be the world's fastest production car when it was released.
The actual top speed it
reached was 217.1mph (349.4km/h) with a little tweaking. A total
of 275 XJ220s were produced. The last XJ220 was produced in
3.5L twin turbo V6, coupe, 404kW@7200rpm, 642Nm@4500rpm, £470,000
3498cc twin-turbo V6 aluminium alloy heads and block. Twin
overhead camshafts per bank, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Torque: 475lb ft/642Nm@4500rpm
Acceleration: 0-96km/h- 3.6 sec
Max. Speed: Standard: 212.3mph
Fuel Consumption: 32mpg (at constant 56mph)
Chassis: Aluminium panels
Wheels: Speedline Corse one piece aluminium alloy wheels.
Front: 17-inch, 255/55 ZR17 tyres. Rear: 18-inch 345/35 ZR18
Brakes: AP Racing ventilated and cross drilled outboard