It was top Jaguar engineer Jim Randle who came up with the idea for a 542 bhp (403 kW) supercar. A Concept was built for the British Motor Show in 1988, but it wasn't until Ford took over Jaguar the following year that the go ahead for production was given. Jaguar with a VI2 and four-wheel drive, the car eventually debuted at the track with a twin-turbo V6 and two-wheel drive, plus it was 9.8 inches (250mm) shorter than the concept. The Sport got the job of building it and while the concept was shown, debut car crushed the track record at the famous 14-mile (22-km) Nurburgring circuit, Germany, and reached test speeds of 213 mph (340 km/h). This resulted in a final model in 1992 which went into production, taking 12 days to make each one of the 275 built. Each one cost $400,000 and, at the time, it was the fastest production car ever.
Jaguar XJ220 Specifications
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