Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


 


TWR reveals 600hp+ Supercat. Image by TWR.

TWR reveals 600hp+ Supercat
Reworked Jaguar XJS is the basis of the carbon-bodied, £225,000 TWR Supercat GT.
<< earlier article     later article >>

 


News homepage

What's all this about?

This is the TWR Supercat and we're going to pin our colours to the mast: it looks magnificent. As you've probably no doubt worked out already from looking at these images, it's a significantly rebuilt Jaguar XJS, but there's a lot more to it than a mere revisioning of a British classic.

Hold on, TWR? You mean Tom Walkinshaw Racing?

Correct. This is the first 21st-century product from the new iteration of the company, revived by racing driver and original founder (in 1976) Tom's son Fergus. It is an outfit with a long and illustrious history associated with the Big Cat, as Tom won the European Touring Car Championship in 1984 with a 5.3-litre V12 competition XJ-S (it still had its hyphen in its name until the 1990s, by the way), and TWR would go on to be involved in projects such as the XJR-15, XJ220 and the Le Mans-winning XJR-9 which romped to victory in 1988.

Therefore, it's fitting that the Supercat is based on the XJS. Only 88 examples will be built, that particular number chosen to tie in with the XJR-9's glory at La Sarthe, and each one will cost at least £225,000, excluding local taxes. There's good reason for that enormous price tag, though: every panel on the Supercat's body is made from carbon-fibre, to keep it light, while the engine is listed as a supercharged V12 with in excess of 600hp at its disposal. TWR is also going to fit it with a six-speed manual gearbox for a "connected and analogue driving experience", apparently.

That's a lot of power. What about the handling? And the interior?

We'll find out more about both when the TWR Supercat makes its dynamic debut later in the summer - what price that happening at the Goodwood Festival of Speed? - but for now Fergus Walkinshaw is happy to say that he has collected some of the finest technical and operational talent from other top-end automotive marques and companies, such as McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche, Williams, Mercedes F1 and Renault F1. Also involved in the process are Walkinshaw's business partner John Kane, chief designer Khyzyl Saleem, and former fashion magnate and famed car collector Magnus Walker.

Sounds cool. Anything else to add at this stage?

Just a few words from Walkinshaw himself, who said: "After more than two years of extensive design, engineering and development work, we are proud to unveil the design of TWR's debut product. The outcome is a true drivers' super-GT built from the foundations of the iconic Jaguar XJS and appropriately named the Supercat.

"This bold expression of the breed fulfils our mission to build cars worthy of TWR's winning legacy, starting with this remarkable car as it enters its 50th year. As order books open, we cannot wait for clients to experience the most powerful, dynamic and visceral evocation of a British icon that has been revolutionised from the ground-up to be ready for those that demand to be connected to the cars they drive, whether on the track or the road. This is the TWR way, and will define this and every future project we undertake."



Matt Robinson - 30 Apr 2024


2024 TWR Supercat. Image by TWR.2024 TWR Supercat. Image by TWR.2024 TWR Supercat. Image by TWR.  








    - TWR news
- Supercat images






Porsche beefs up Macan range with two new models. Image by Porsche.
Two new models added to Porsche Macan line
The single-motor, entry-level Macan and the 516hp 4S join Porsche’s electric SUV line-up, from £67,200.
 
Audi turns the A4 into all-new A5. Image by Audi.
Audi switches A4 into the A5
Rebadging protocol means the Audi A5 saloon and Avant are the new challengers for the BMW 3 Series.
RB17: a 1,200hp, 1,700kg-downforce, 217mph hypercar. Image by Red Bull.
Red Bull reveals phenomenal RB17 hypercar
Red Bull reveals its first-ever vehicle for public consumption, the outrageous RB17 track special.

 
 215 Racing
 9ff
 A. Kahn Design
 Abarth
 Abt
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Acura
 Aehra
 AIM
 Alfa Romeo
 Alpina
 Alpine
 Amari
 APS Sportec
 Arash
 Arden
 Ares
 Ariel
 Arrinera
 Artega
 Ascari
 Aston Martin
 Atalanta
 Atomik
 Audi
 Austin
 Auto Union
 Autodelta
 Autofarm
 Autosport
 AVA
 Avatar
 Axon
 Aznom
 BAC
 BAIC
 Bentley
 Bertone
 Bizzarrini
 Bloodhound
 Bluebird
 BMW
 Bosch
 Bowler
 Brabham
 Brabus
 Breckland
 Bridgestone
 Brilliance
 Bristol
 Bugatti
 Buick
 Burton
 BYD
 Cadillac
 Callaway
 Callum
 Caparo
 Capstone
 Carlsson
 Caterham
 CCG
 Chang'an
 Changfeng
 Chevrolet
 Chevron
 Chongfeng
 Chrysler
 Citroen
 Climax
 Connaught
 Cooper Tires
 Corvette
 Cummins
 Cupra
 Dacia
 Daewoo
 Daihatsu
 Daimler
 Dartz
 Datsun
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 DDR
 De Tomaso
 Delta
 Detroit Electric
 Devon
 Dodge
 Donkervoort
 Drayson
 DS
 Eagle
 Eagle E-type
 EDAG
 edo competition
 Eterniti
 Everrati
 Evisol
 Exagon
 FAB Design

 
 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 Fenix
 Fenomenon
 Ferrari
 Fiat
 Fisker
 Ford
 G-Power
 Geely
 Gemballa
 General Motors
 Genesis
 Ginetta
 Giugiaro
 Glickenhaus
 GMC
 Goodwood
 Google
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Automotive
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 GTA
 GTM
 Gumpert
 Hamann
 Hartge
 HBH
 Heffner Performance
 Hennessey
 HERE
 HiPhi
 Holden
 Honda
 Hulme
 Hummer
 Hyundai
 I.D.E.A
 Icona
 IFR
 Infiniti
 Ionity
 Isis
 JAC
 Jaguar
 Jeep
 Jensen
 Jetstream
 JJAD
 Joss Developments
 Kahn
 Kamala
 Keating
 Kia
 Koenigsegg
 KTM
 Kumho
 Lada
 Lagonda
 Lamborghini
 Lancia
 Land Rover
 Lexus
 Liberty
 Lightning
 Lincoln
 Lister
 Loma Performance
 Lorinser
 Lotus
 LupiniPower
 Luxgen
 Mahindra
 Mansory
 Maserati
 Mastretta
 Maybach
 Mazda
 McLaren
 Mercedes
 Mercedes-AMG
 Mercedes-Benz
 Mercedes-Maybach
 Mercury
 Metrocab
 MG
 Michelin
 MINI
 Mitsubishi
 MMI
 Monte Carlo
 Mopar
 Morgan
 Mosler
 MTM
 Munro
 NAC MG
 Nichols Cars
 Nissan
 NLV

 
 Noble
 Novitec
 Opel
 Overfinch
 Pagani
 Perodua
 Peugeot
 Piaggio
 Pininfarina
 Polestar
 Pontiac
 Porsche
 Praga
 Preview
 Prodrive
 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Proton
 Protoscar
 Qoros
 Radical
 Range Rover
 Red Bull
 Renault
 Reva
 Rimac
 Rinspeed
 RoadRazer
 Rolls-Royce
 Ronn Motor Company
 Rover
 RUF
 Saab
 SAIC
 Saleen
 Saturn
 Scagliarini
 SCG
 Scion
 SDR Sportscars
 SEAT
 Sin
 Singer
 Skoda
 Smart
 Soleil
 Spada
 speedArt
 Sportec
 Spyker
 SRT
 Ssangyong
 SSC
 Startech
 STaSIS
 Subaru
 Suzuki
 Suzusho
 TAD
 Tamiya
 Tata
 Techart
 Tesla
 The Little Car Company
 THINK
 Thunder Power
 Tojeiro
 Tommy Kaira
 TomTom
 Toray
 Toyota
 Trabant
 TranStar
 Trident
 Tushek
 TVR
 TWR
 UKCOTY
 Vanda Electrics
 Vauxhall
 Velozzi
 Vencer
 Venturi
 Veritas
 Vizualtech
 VL Automotive
 Volkswagen
 Volvo
 VUHL
 WCA
 WCotY
 Webasto
 Westfield
 Wiesmann
 Xenatec
 Yamaha
 Zagato
 Zarooq
 Zeekr
 Zenos
 Zenvo



 
 






External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Old motor show reports | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2024 ©