Will we ever see a successor to the Jaguar XJ220?
The XE SV Project 8 may be the fastest road-going car Jaguar has ever built, but it isn't a supercar. Jaguar hasn’t made a supercar, let alone a hypercar, since the legendary XJ220 in 1992, but in 2010 the automaker announced its intention to build a hypercar for the 21st century with the reveal of the 900-hp C-X75. Designed to rival the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, Jaguar was originally planning to produce the C-X75 in limited numbers. It even starred in the James Bond film Spectre alongside the Aston Martin DB10 Concept.
Sadly, the project was scrapped, meaning the chances of seeing a new Jaguar supercar any time soon is looking increasingly unlikely. That hasn’t stopped one talented rendering artist from dreaming up a design to show how a modern-day Jaguar hypercar could potentially look. Dubbed the Jaguar X Concept, Slovakian artist Ivan Venkov has designed a curvaceous concept car inspired by the iconic XJ220 that wouldn’t look out of place alongside the hypercar holy trinity. Its streamlined design gives it a contemporary look, while an aggressive rear diffuser and triple exhausts hint at the Concept’s extreme performance. Unique headlights, air intakes and a BMW-esque grille dominate the front-end.
In its first year of production, the XJ220 was the fastest production car in the world, capable of a 212.3 mph top speed, only to be beaten by the McLaren F1 the following year. It’s about time Jaguar returned to the hypercar scene to redeem its defeat, but the automaker hasn’t shown any desire to build a McLaren P1 rival since the C-X75 was cancelled. For now, the X Concept is the closest we’re going to get to fulfilling our fantasies of a thoroughbred Jaguar hypercar.