Jaguar XJ220: A 20-Year Retrospective
The Jaguar XJ220 hasn't been in production since 1994. However, the record-breaking, heart-palpitation-inducing model's legacy prevails today. And, as the XJ200 turns 20 this year, Manhattan Jaguar NYC thought it seemed fitting to offer enthusiasts in New York City a brief retrospective.
The Jaguar XJ220 concept was first showcased for the entire world to see in 1988. A year later, Jaguar designer, Keith Helfet, green lighted it to production. A few changes were made to the concept in this process. For example, the production Jaguar XK220 featured a V6 engine rather than a heavier V12, two-wheel driver rather than four-wheel drive, regular car doors versus something more exotic, and a slightly altered physique.
After achieving a top speed of 213 miles per hour (mph) in 1991, the Jaguar XJ220 earned boasting rights as the fastest production car in the world. It held the title for a full year. And by 1992 the first XJ220 was sold. With production of the Jaguar XJ220 ending two years later, just 275 models were built.
The XJ moniker, however, lives on.
From a more abstract perspective, it survives in enthusiasts memory of the revolutionary XJ200. From a more tangible perspective it prevails without the "220" numeric suffix.
Enter the new Jaguar XJ, available at Manhattan Jaguar NYC in six compelling options: the XJ, XJL PORTFOLIO, XJ SUPERCHARGED, XJL SUPERCHARGED, XJ SUPERSPORT and XJL SUPERSPORT. Packing a lot in the way of sleek style and pounce, these prowling cats offer 385-510 hp, depending on model. The rest, you could say, is history.
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