It might be hard to imagine today but at one point Jaguar had a supercar in its lineup that was not only the fastest car in production but also the record holder at the Nürburgring. The reason why it’s hard to imagine today is that the car was offered almost three decades ago and there hasn’t been anything even close to it from Jaguar ever since.
We are, of course, talking about the Jaguar XJ220, which is featured in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage and to this day remains one of the most misunderstood supercars ever built. Part of the reason is Jaguar’s mistake of promising the car with a V-12 and then launching it with a V-6.
No performance was lost, with the V-6 thanks to a turbocharging system spitting out an impressive 542 horsepower, but a lot of buyers that had placed deposits were turned off and canceled their orders. In the end, Jaguar only built a few hundred examples, though allegedly the company had around 1,500 deposits. Today, there is just a handful left in the country, making the XJ220 one of the rarest cars money can buy.