Scalded Cat: Jaguar XJS

TWR Performance Unveils a High-Powered Restomod of the Classic Jaguar XJS

Pete Weishaupt
2 min readMay 4, 2024

TWR Performance, a revival of the legendary Tom Walkinshaw Racing, has unveiled its latest masterpiece, the Supercat — a restomodded Jaguar XJS that seamlessly blends classic British elegance with modern performance. Limited to just 88 units, this reinterpretation of the iconic Jaguar XJS pays homage to TWR’s rich racing heritage while showcasing cutting-edge automotive innovation.

At the heart of the Supercat lies a supercharged V12 engine, which early indications suggest a formidable output of over 600 horsepower, paired with a six-speed manual transmission — a rarity in modern performance cars.

But the Supercat isn’t just about power; its design is a fundamental aspect of its allure. Overseen by designer Khyzyl Saleem, and with contributions from famed Porsche collector Magnus Walker, the vehicle features a carbon-fiber wide-body kit designed to enhance aerodynamics on both the road and track. The overall design retains the XJS’s distinctive silhouette while introducing modern elements that emphasize its enhanced performance capabilities. The cabin remains under wraps until its full debut.

The engineering behind the Supercat is as impressive as its aesthetics. Fergus Walkinshaw, son of Tom Walkinshaw and leader of the revived TWR Performance, has assembled a dream team of engineers from renowned entities such as McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche. This team’s mission was clear: to infuse the Supercat with the soul of a racer and the sophistication of a grand tourer.

The Supercat comes with a hefty price tag starting at around $281,757. Interested buyers are encouraged to make a deposit to secure one of the limited slots. Deliveries expected to begin in late 2024.

The TWR Performance Supercat is more than just a car; it’s a statement — a bold declaration of style, speed, and craftsmanship. It stands as a tribute to TWR’s storied past, especially the 1988 Le Mans victory with the Jaguar XJR-9, while pushing forward the boundaries of what a restomod can achieve.