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BREAKING 200MPH IN A 30 YEAR OLD JAGUAR SUPERCAR

Jaguar’s XJ220 supercar from the 90s was created to compete with high performance vehicles like the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40. During pre-production testing, Jaguar recorded a top speed of 212mph, which was a world record for performance cars at the time. In 2020, the team at Top Gear, with Freddie Flintoff behind the wheel, attempted to break 200mph in this 30 year old supercar.



When the XJ220 debuted as a concept car in 1988 it featured a V12 engine and all-wheel-drive system, which received a favourable reaction from the press and customers at the time. However, when the concept became a production model, a number of these key features had changed.

With the powertrain considered too heavy, the V12 engine was swapped out for a twin-turbo V6 engine, which allowed engineers to shorten the wheelbase and create a lighter car with a smaller footprint. The all-wheel-drive system was also ditched, and these changes saw demand for the production XJ220 drop.

Nevertheless, the car had enough horsepower to propel it to a claimed 217mph when new. And three decades on, after a few attempts, Freddie Flintoff impressively managed to push the XJ220 past 200mph, cementing the performance pedigree of this memorable supercar.