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High-res pics as Porsche takes on Jaguar in this week's Autocar twin test

This week's Autocar magazine pits the Porsche Panamera S against the Jaguar XFR - and these are the best pictures from the showdown.

On list price the two cars appear unlikely bedfellows - the Porsche costs £72,266, the Jaguar £59,900.

See the Panamera v XFR picture gallery

However, both have similar hardware: V8 engines, near five-metre length and the aim of seating four people in comfort.

The battleground is the roads to and around mid-Wales, ensuring the cars are tested on everything from motorway to fast, flowing A-roads and the most twisting country lanes.

The location also provides the perfect backdrop for some stunning photography, which you can see by following the links above.

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Peter Cavellini 23 September 2009

Re: Picture special - Panamera versus XFR

Next generation M5 is going to have to be really special to top these two....!

ordinary bloke 23 September 2009

Re: Picture special - Panamera versus XFR

I'd take the Jaguar every time - can't see the sense in paying £21,000 for extras that mostly come with the Jaguar or aren't really necessary. I thought I'd hate the looks of the Porsche but it looks better in this dark colour than I'd expected and the interior looks quite good too, apart from that dreadful dash / central console with all those buttons, you must spend more time trying to find the right one than actually looking at the road: the Jaguar's simplicity must win out every time and be the real way forward in car design. Congratulations on the great photographs, the scenery looks stunning and do the cars real credit. Thanks to all involved.

tannedbaldhead 23 September 2009

Re: Picture special - Panamera versus XFR

Would take the Jag in a minute.