1988 Jaguar XJR-S


1988 Jaguar XJR-S

After winning the 1984 European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of an XJ-S, Tom Walkinshaw of TWR was commissioned to give the road-going XJR a performance makeover. In 1988 the factory made an official model incorporating Walkinshaw’s enhancements. His company JaguarSport (or TWR), was already producing body and suspension kits for the XJ-S which were available for separate order.

Each car left the TWR factory as individually built cars. Options such as the body kit, quick-shift gearbox, ventilated discs and four-pot brake calipers along with stiffer suspension, lowered ride height, re-calibrated power steering and a momo steering wheel were available.

Both a 5.3 liter and 6.0 liter engine were available in the car. Since the engines look almost identical, its hard to differentiate between the two. In either case a genuine TWR car is hard to come by, as in three years of production a little over 600 cars were manufactured. 50 of these were convertibles that were all exported to the USA.

Specification listed is for the most common 6.0 liter 318 bhp version. This figure went up 20bhp to 338bhp in 1992.

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In Detail

price $$80 000 USD
engineAluminum Alloy, 60 Degree V12
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainSOHC
fuel feedZytek Sequential Fuel Injection
displacement5993 cc / 365.7 in³
bore90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke78.5 mm / 3.09 in
compression11.2:1
power237.1 kw / 318 bhp @ 5250 rpm
specific output53.06 bhp per litre
bhp/weight176.57 bhp per tonne
torque490.81 nm / 362 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel w/TWR Body Kit
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
wheel typeSports Alloy
front tires225/55ZR-16
rear tires245/55ZR-16
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16 x 8 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16 x 8 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionWishbones w/Coil Springs, Telscopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionLower Wishbones w/Radius Arms, Twin Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers
curb weight1800 kg / 3968 lbs
wheelbase2591 mm / 102 in
front track1514 mm / 59.6 in
rear track1491 mm / 58.7 in
length4765 mm / 186.7 in
width1882 mm / 74.1 in
height1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmissionGM400 3-Speed Auto
gear ratios:1
top speed~254.3 kph / 158 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.5 seconds

Auction Sales History

1988 Jaguar XJR-S

1993 Jaguar XJR-S – sold for $19,800 This 1993 Jaguar is #19 of 25 black XJR-S sedans built. Powered by a 6.0 Liter V12 with an automatic. Other features include special alloy wheels, leather interior and disc brakes that are unique to the XJR-S. From the Jimmy Richardson Collection. Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction