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Ultra-rare Jaguar XJ220S up for auction

Is there a better looking supercar?

An incredibly rare Jaguar XJ220S is set to go to auction in Arizona next week.

The regular Jaguar XJ220 was limited to a production run of just 350 units, but this model is the super-rare XJ220S which had a production run of just 6 units. The XJ220S was built with the help of Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) who stripped most of the original XJ220's aluminium body and replaced it with superlight carbon fibre. The ‘S’ also got a new front bumper with fared-in driving lights and large splitter, along with a much larger adjustable rear wing with the struts elegantly smoothed into the rear wings.

What this new bodywork and other lightening measures achieved was incredible – the XJ220S weighed a staggering 400 kg less than the standard car at 1080 kg. The XJ220S came with the standard XJ220’s twin turbo 3.5 litre V6 power unit but was tweaked by TWR to produce 680 bhp and 526 lb/ft of torque.

However this particular car has a new $20,000 titanium exhaust system by TWR and additional engine updates which has raised it to approximately 700 bhp. That’s a power to weight ratio of 605 bhp/tonne, very impressive numbers.

Visually the owner decided that this car; chassis #784, needed a little more mystique and aggression (really? Had he actually seen the car beforehand?!), so had it repainted in an exact match for the satin matte grey finish of the Lamborghini Reventon. There are new projector headlights and the magnesium wheels were refurbished and fitted with modern tyres, while the interior has had a full re-trim. What he created was possibly one of the best looking supercars of all time – such smooth lines and aggression combined in one package.

This exceptional XJ220S is expected to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000 when it goes under the hammer next week, which seems a little low to us. A standard XJ220 sells for around £160,000 in the current market so we’d expect this amazing and rare ‘S’ to sell for well over £200,000.

Images courtesy of RM Auctions

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more