24 April 2013
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The Jaguar F-type faces battle with the car that it was designed to beat - the Porsche 911. Steve Sutcliffe takes an F-type V6 S and a 911 Cabriolet to Wales to referee the biggest sports car battle of 2013.

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24 April 2013

Jag might try to price like a 911, but the natural competitor is the Boxster.

 

25 April 2013

Soldi, does a Boxster have 495bhp?

24 April 2013

Natural competitor the Boxster? Why? Because you say so? You take the Boxster by all means whilst I fight with almost everyone else for the keys to the F Type.

The result was as I expected; the Porsche is the more focused driver's car and the F Type more of a brute with character. 

I haven't driven either of course but if you like both, I suspect it'll be the only way of deciding between the two. Of course there will be several comments made by those who don't like one or the other and treat cars like Top Trumphs... The closest most have probably come to driving such cars I suppose! 

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

25 April 2013

Most people believe the V8 is closer to the 911, whereas the V6s are closer to the Boxster..... and this test pitches a V6 F-Type against a 911.

Clear?

 

26 April 2013

Good to see an objective and balanced review by an Autocar journo. Good job Steve Sutcliffe.

24 April 2013

It is a balanced review, but one begs the question, would it not have been fairer to compare the V8S which still undercuts the 911 by at least £2k?? The V8S has 488bhp and goes from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. In addition, both EVO and CAR Magazines preferred the dynamics of the V8S.

I won't say what the verdict by CAR was on their comparison (its worth a read) but I thought CAR's approach to the test was more substantive, and given the price match, a fairer approach to these two brands. 

I for one, if considering to spend £80k on a car, would look at the V8S and the 911, and not the V6S.

25 April 2013

lift the boot lid. Not enough room for a dozen bags of scratchings in there. I actully was considering the F-type as my next car, moving on from XKR, but the boot alone makes it a total "no chance."

It's all very well saying "it's a sports car" but a sports car that you can't even go shopping or take your bats to the golf course in is totally useless to most people with one car. Back to the Porsches for me I'm afraid. What a shame.

26 April 2013

gaco 1 wrote:

It is a balanced review, but one begs the question, would it not have been fairer to compare the V8S which still undercuts the 911 by at least £2k?? The V8S has 488bhp and goes from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. In addition, both EVO and CAR Magazines preferred the dynamics of the V8S.

I won't say what the verdict by CAR was on their comparison (its worth a read) but I thought CAR's approach to the test was more substantive, and given the price match, a fairer approach to these two brands. 

I for one, if considering to spend £80k on a car, would look at the V8S and the 911, and not the V6S.

I take your point about the F-type v8 s being closer to the 911 in terms of price. However, the v6 s is closer in terms of power output and, more importantly, according to what Sutcliffe said in the review, Jaguar themselves believe that the v6 s has the sweetest handling and steering of the three F-types currently on sale, inc the V8 s.

24 April 2013

A Carrera S would have been a better comparison due to similar power output.

25 April 2013

A very good objective review of both cars which makes you want to watch the whole video.  The 911 has been honed to the great car that it is today, and for the F-Type to be so close is just as impressive in my eyes

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