27 December 2012
Feature

The much-maligned Jaguar XJ220 is 20 years old, and has lost none of its appeal. Andrew Frankel, who road tested the car when it was first launched, takes a look back at one of Jaguar's finest moments.

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27 December 2012

Like Jaguars current supercar project which was cancelled,the 220 promised so much,but in the end was only 50% delivered,a case of then,lots of potential,but,not enough cash to finish the job,sign of the times?......yes, i think so.

Peter Cavellini.

27 December 2012

Has the test car had a bump? Bonnet doesnt seem to fit too well and in one picture only one pop-up headlight is working.

7 January 2013

I wouldn't be suprised if the old Jaguar electrical gremlins aren't still around. I agree about the fit of the front lid. It looked better on the green one on the lift.

27 December 2012

If I remember rightly, didn't the rear lights for the XJ220 come from the humble Rover 400 (R8) version?

Used models are still exclusively priced! Would love one.

28 December 2012

If you freeze frame the dash shot,you'll recognize lots of Ford parts too!!

Peter Cavellini.

gpt

28 December 2012

I seem to remember that Jaguar were considering a turbo charged 6 litre V12 four wheel drive version of the 220.

Car & bike.

28 December 2012

At nearly 5 metres long, 2 metres wide and with such poor visibility (as per many supercars), it must be a daunting drive on Britain's roads.

29 December 2012

Has anybody ever tried to put a V12 into the back of one of these ? There must be room as it was original designed to use one.

Still a good looking supercar in my view.

 

1 January 2013

This basically failed due to being too expensive.  I seem to remember Tom Hartley bought one at an auction for about £200000 -£250000 shortly after launch which pretty much set the benchmark price.  £403000 was way too much for a relatively crude super car.  Also the 220 name promised 220 mph and it didn't deliver that.  

R32

1 January 2013

It's good to see Autocar wheeling out 20 year old supercars for a blast - but makes me feel old too!

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