The Jaguar XJR-15 Is So Loud It Has Its Own Headphone Intercom System


You have to listen to this beast.

Just 53 examples were built and you’re about to learn the story of number 50 and its proud owner. Jasbir Dhillon is a lifelong car guy and he’s now the owner of a 1991 Jaguar XJR-15. This latest episode of Petrolicious features Dhillon and his very rare and special Jaguar. Judging by what else is in Dhillon’s garage, he’s got great taste. But what is the XJR-15? Well, it’s a two-seat high-performance sports car built by Jaguar Sport, a subsidiary of Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing.

Production lasted only from 1990 and 1992 and, not as expected, each car came with a hefty price tag, 500,000 GBP. But what was truly special about the XJR-15 is the fact it was the world’s first road-car made from entirely of carbon fiber. Yes, both the body and chassis are made of that lightweight material, which was quite extraordinary nearly 30 years ago.

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Power came from a 6.0-liter V12 paired to a manual gearbox, meaning this is pure carbon fiber goodness. And if you think the XJR-15’s design looks kind of familiar, then you’d be right. Reason being is that it was designed by Peter Stevens whose other projects include the iconic McLaren F1 and the heavily restyled Lotus Esprit. But perhaps one of the coolest things we found the XJR-15 offers is that it comes with its own headphone intercom system for its two occupants. Why? They wouldn’t be able to hear and speak to each other otherwise.

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