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180,000 CR
Model year: 1993
Performance Index: S 618
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Mid
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 542 HP (404 kW)
Torque: 475 lb ft (644 N·m)
Weight: 2976 lbs (1349 Kg)
Front: 42%
Displ: 3.5 L
Power/weight: 401 HP per ton

299 kW per ton

Jaguar’s bespoke supercar looked like nothing else on the road—incorporating Jaguar’s trademark litheness over a layout quite unlike anything produced before. Except, perhaps, the one-off Jaguar XJ13, which served as one of the main inspirations for the XJ220. However, unlike its predecessor, the XJ220 was designed from the get-go to be the fastest road car in the world. This, it gloriously achieved, reaching 217 mph and echoing Jaguar’s top speed record-setting triumphs in the 1950s—at least until the McLaren F1 came along a few years later. Even with this setback, and with a scaling-back of the original plans for the XJ220 (including all-wheel drive and a V12), the bi-turbo V6’s 542 horsepower gives blistering acceleration, and the aerodynamically impressive body provides both low drag and reduced lift at the high speeds the XJ220 is capable of. This helped a later racing version, the XJ220C, take a class win at the 1993 Le Mans, although it was later disqualified on a technicality. Despite some bad luck and disappointments, the XJ220 is a staggeringly impressive cat that has few peers.

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