An entry-level Jaguar F-Type V6 will set you back more than £56,000 – over £4k more than a Porsche 718 Boxster S with a PDK gearbox. The R starts at over £95,000. For the test car we sampled, swaddled in extras, the price tag buoyed to more than £101,000 – only pocket change shy of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.
The eight-cylinder car, with its balletic flamboyance and aural provocation, arguably sidesteps some of the usual financial comparisons because it is so dramatically singular that sufficiently deep-pocketed buyers (not inhibited by its 259g/km CO2 emissions, nor its 25.5mpg official average) will simply reckon it essential. Early interest in the model suggests that much may well be true.
For those making a once-in-a-decade purchase, the waters are muddier. The V6 S represents the range sweet spot at £69,250, handily undercutting the 911 cabriolet’s price and outgunning the Boxster in a straight line. It also retains the V8’s adaptive suspension and adds a mechanical limited-slip diff, 19-inch wheels, cruise control and the option of the all-important active exhaust.
The promise of an emissions cut to 213g/km and improved economy (31mpg on the combined cycle) will attract those digging deep into their savings, particularly as it virtually matches the figures produced by a Porsche 718 Boxster S.
The more parsimonious would-be buyer will be attracted by the entry-level F-Type V6. But truth be told, after the £9000 saving on the screen price, running costs are virtually identical, with CO2 emissions and fuel economy improved only to the tune of 4g/km and 0.4mpg.