Having done Jaguar's international sporting image no end of good by winning the 1984 European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of an XJ-S, Tom Walkinshaw was called upon to give the Coventry manufacturer's road cars a performance makeover. Walkinshaw's JaguarSport was already producing body and suspension kits for the XJ-S, and in 1989 took the logical step of creating one modified along similar lines to the XJR Sport version of the XJ6/XJ40 saloon. The XJ-S's 5.3-litre V12 engine was stretched to a full 6.0 litres, gaining close to a hundred horsepower in the process, while the suspension was reworked to incorporate stiffer springs/anti-roll bars and Bilstein gas-filled struts. A colour-matched body kit, prominent boot spoiler, 16" Speedline alloy wheels and a full leather interior further differentiated the XJR-S Sport from its humbler brethren. A top speed of more than 160mph was claimed for the Sport, which at £45,500 in 1989 was by a considerable margin the most expensive Jaguar on offer. Commemorating Jaguar's 1990 victory in the eponymous 24-hour endurance classic, an even more exclusive 'Le Mans Celebration' variant followed in 1991 adding extra leather trim, 'Le Mans' motifs to the headrests and foot plates, quad headlights, 16" 'lattice' alloy wheels and a 'Le Mans' boot badge to the package. Each of the 280 cars produced was individually numbered.
Supplied new via Hadley Green, this example of an exclusive modern Jaguar that can only become increasingly collectible has had only one private owner from new and comes with full Hadley Green service history. Noteworthy features include air conditioning, electric windows, power mirrors, air bags, cruise control, power steering and an alarm system. Presented in stunning condition, the car is finished in red with red-piped cream leather interior and offered with aforementioned service history, sundry bills, current MoT and Swansea V5 document. A total of 42,100 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.