Extensive use of carbon fiber and a monocoque chassis make the Jaguar XJR-15 lighter than most modern supercars.
As much as we love the flagship F-Type, Jaguar still hasn’t made a proper supercar since the legendary XJ220 back in the 1990s. We nearly got a production version of the 900-hp C-X75 concept that appeared in the 2015 James Bond flick Spectre to rival the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, but the project was scrapped, sadly. While the XJ220 is one of Jaguar’s most fondly remembered supercars even though it ditched the concept’s V12 engine in favor of a 3.5-liter V6, it’s easy to forget that the mid-engined XJR-15 came before it.
It’s rarer than the XJ220, too, as only 53 road-going examples were built based on Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning XJR-9 – and one of them is looking for a new owner. Currently listed for sale at London-based dealer DD Classics, this 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 also happens to be one of around 25 'street version' models fitted with an optional five-speed synchro gearbox, leather upholstery, and air conditioning. Powering the Jaguar XJR-15 supercar is a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine developing 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Granted, that doesn’t sound very impressive by today’s standards, but the XJR-15’s light weight more than makes up for it.
Thanks to its carbon-fiber body and monocoque chassis made of carbon fiber and Kevlar, the XJR-15 only weighs 1,062 kg making it much lighter than most modern supercars. As a result, the supercar only needs 3.9 seconds to reach 62 mph from a standstill before topping out at 191 mph. If that hasn’t already tempted you, this particular XJR-15 has only been driven 600 miles since it rolled off the production line in 1991, and is in remarkable condition considering its age. Finished in Mauritius Blue with an exposed carbon fiber interior, it was originally exported to Germany before being reimported to the UK in 2008.
With the help of Don Law Racing, the car underwent an extensive six-year recommission. The extensive list of changes included an updated engine management, adjustments to the suspension and clutch, and some cosmetic tweaks. In total, the numerous upgrades cost the owner a grand total of £98,000, which is around $130,000. The car even includes the original over ear headphones, situated behind the driver and passengers head rest. No price has been listed by DD Classics, but another XJR-15 that was listed for sale around a year ago had a hefty $500,000 price tag. We wouldn't be surprised if its value has further appreciated since then.