V12 power and lots of carbonfibre in this 1990s-vintage supercar.
As impressive as the Jaguar XJ220 was, the production version ultimately eschewed the concept’s mighty V12 engine in favour of a much smaller 3.5-litre V6 equipped with a pair of turbochargers. However, the XJ220 wasn’t the only supercar from Jaguar to see the light of day in the early 1990s as the British company also had the alluring XJR-15.
Developed in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), the mid-engined machine with rear-wheel-drive layout was even rarer than the XJ220 that came after it, with only 53 examples built. This one is even more exclusive as it has the optional five-speed synchro gearbox, leather upholstery and air conditioning – with roughly 25 cars that were built in this specification.
Originally exported to Germany back in 1991, this particular XJR-15 has done only 600 miles and could very well be the finest surviving example out there. Finished in Mauritius Blue, the car is up for grabs with the suitable 'XJR 1S' number plate and comes bundled with the original owner’s manual, German registration papers and even magazines featuring the very same car.
Reimported to the UK in 2008, the car went through an extensive six-year refresh overseen by Don Law Racing. It brought an updated engine management system, tweaked suspension and clutch, along with some styling revisions. For all of these changes, the owner forked out a hefty £98,000.
Derived from the Le Mans-winning XJR-9, Jaguar’s supercar is equipped with a naturally aspirated 6-litre V12 engine developing 450bhp and 420lb ft of torque. That might not sound very impressive by today’s standards, but it’s important to mention the XJR-15 is very light. Thanks to a carbonfibre body surrounding the highly advanced monocoque chassis made from a combination of carbonfibre and Kevlar, the vehicle weighs as little as 1,062kg. In fact, it’s actually slightly lighter than the featherweight Alpine A110 and benefits from an exposed carbonfibre interior cabin.
With a V12 having to carry around a lightweight body, it’s no wonder the car is properly quick even when compared to today’s high-end performance cars. The 0-60mph run takes 3.9 seconds en route to a top speed of 191mph. Interested in getting your hands on this handsome classic? The right-hand drive XJR-15 is available via the DD Classics dealership in London.