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Posted: 26 Feb 2014
1992 Jaguar XJ220 - 213mph
The XJ220 handled like a lorry. Its brakes were made of cake, and it was only 2.2cm narrower than a Routemaster bus. But it couldn't half get a shift on. Even though it packed a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 derived from the Metro 6R4 Group B car when customers were promised a V12.
But however you cut it, however poorly it sold (though, in its defence, it was brought to market as a recession hit), and however it fell short on its promises, the XJ220 could hit 60mph in 3.6 seconds and go on to a staggering 213mph.