Comparison: new Jaguar F-type R coupe vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S

Comparison: new Jaguar F-type R coupe vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S

Jaguar’s new F-type R coupé is hugely impressive, but can it really compete with the mighty Porsche 911 Turbo S?

The first thing to understand is that the new Jaguar F-type R coupé truly belongs in this kind of company. When the convertible arrived last year, we fretted about its pricing proximity to the Porsche 911 – and its distance from the Porsche Boxster.

Our fondness for Jaguar’s V8-engined roadster is a matter of record, but having it go toe to toe with a Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet would be folly. For all the ability plumbed into its clever aluminium bedrock, the open-top F-type is as much hedonistic hot rod as it is honest-to-goodness sports car.

The coupé, though, particularly in range-topping R format, is a different prospect. Closing the roof has sewn up the monocoque’s soft spot with the thoroughness of a Roman stonemason sliding the keystone into an arch.

The resulting structure has been made positively triumphal by the addition of yet more power. Its 542bhp is as much as has ever been extracted from Jaguar’s all-aluminium V8 – 54bhp more than the V8 S rag-top

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