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The abandoned pedigree cat

By SYF77 on 18 Apr 2010

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This is not your normal fury kitty and it is worth much more than that. Taken in the Qatari desert, this photo of a Jaguar XJ220 left to languish at the mercy of the elements is wrenching to any lover of the model. The XJ220 was a mid-engined sports car developed by Jaguar in partnership with Tom Walkinshaw Racing. It premiered in 1988 as a concept car and was produced between the years 1992 and 1994. Only 281 were ever made.

The 220 moniker stems from the car's top-speed goal of 220 mph which it came close to reaching. The production version was rear-wheel driven that came with 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 generating 542 bhp (404 kW) and 645 Nm (476 lb-ft) of torque. It is quite different from the concept version which was fitted with a 6.2 liter engine with 500 bhp (370 kW) and an all-wheel drive system. For a brief time, it held the record as the fastest production car with a top speed of 350 km/h, until the arrival of the McLaren F1 in 1994.

The car remains a classic and existing models usually sell for around 100,000. This one, with its faded LeMans Blue paint, has likely lost a lot of its value even though it has only 900 km on the odometer. Qatar is an oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves and the highest GDP per capita in the world. Perhaps, the owner is so rich that 100,000 is mere peanut to him. Anyway, if you are wondering how a well kept Jaguar XJ220 should look like, here's one below.

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Jaguar, XJ220, Qatari Desert

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Spoony Apr 18 2010 08:16 PM
sad.gif what a shame to leave such niche car to rott
Xspace Apr 18 2010 10:19 PM
DAmn nice car man...
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