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Jaguar F-Type vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The Jaguar F-Type launched in 2013 with a choice of rip-snorting V8 or grave V6 supercharged engines. In a 5 years since, Jaguar has introduced four-wheel expostulate and a hardcore high-performance SVR flagship model, yet there has also been a new serve during a reduce finish of a choice to serve a F-Type’s appeal.

This 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged chronicle drops a car’s cost to an even some-more (relatively) affordable £50,795 for a entry-level rear-wheel-drive 2.0 i4 automatic.

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But putting a lower-capacity turbocharged petrol engine in a finely styled nose of a F-Type Coupe means it faces foe from arguably a best sporty two-door in a business: a Porsche 718 Cayman, that adopted four-cylinder appetite behind in 2016. In a head-to-head fight, that emerges victorious? 

Head-to-head

Jaguar F-Type 2.0

For: Looks and image, honeyed steering response, mixes cruising excellence with energetic ability.
Against: Not as flexible or good offset as 718, cabin peculiarity and infotainment, engine needs operative hard.

With a attainment of a 2.0-litre Ingenium turbo engine in Jaguars like a XE and XF saloons, it was usually a matter of time before a tuned chronicle found a approach into a F-Type.

We’re used to saying a sports automobile with a V6 or a V8 bolstered by a supercharger, and no matter what a configuration, those engines are a pivotal source of a two-door’s character.

But even in P300 2.0 i4 spec, a automobile still has copiousness of personality, usually a impression is now subtly different. It’s not wild – distant from it, in fact – and to some people on initial impressions it might feel a small undernourished in a engine bay.

It starts with a prosaic tinge and doesn’t feel unequivocally special when cruising around. It’s unobtrusive, due to a framework modifications that have been done as well. Yet name Dynamic and impel a engine with revs, and it starts to come alive. It’s not a many well-bred sound, yet subsequent to a 718 it’s pleasant. With a switchable empty on it has participation and pops and bangs when we lift off.

The engine pulls clean interjection to a decent widespread of torque, with a twin-scroll turbo ensuring a extent 400Nm is accessible from only 1,500rpm. But during 1,525kg it’s distant heavier than a 1,385kg Cayman, that we notice instantly.

At a lane a Jag lonesome 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, trailing a 718 by dual seconds. While a required eight-speed automobile has one some-more ratio, a Jag couldn’t compare a lighter, some-more absolute Porsche in gear, either. From 50-70mph in sixth, a F-Type was 9 tenths slower.

But a automobile is about some-more than only straight-line performance. The four-cylinder engine means a nose is many lighter than in a V6 and V8-engined cousins, that also ensures a Jag turns in with penetrating response.

You can place a good understanding of faith in a turn of hold offering by a front tyres as a outcome – and many drivers will find there’s plenty.

Still, not many fact is relayed by a steering and we get a stretch feeling of insurgency as in other F-Types. But this automobile can lift a smile, even if it doesn’t mangle divided or expostulate with a course of a Porsche.

Engineers have recalibrated a chassis, with softer springs front and rear, while a dampers incorporate expertise from a hardcore SVR. These tweaks are conspicuous on severe roads as a automobile rides with a good turn of beauty – and it’s this that helps broach a acquire certain in a F-Type. It offers a good grade of comfort where a Cayman feels firmer some-more of a time.

Testers’ notes

  • • Touchscreen: The 10-inch Touch Pro complement propitious as customary in a Jag could respond some-more discerning to your inputs, yet it’s elementary to use and provides a clever turn of functionality.
  • • Transmission: Smooth operation is prominence of a Jag’s eight-speed automobile gearbox. It’s discerning enough, too.
  • • Visibility: In F-Type’s driver’s seat, you’ll suffer a some-more gentle ride, yet prominence could be better.

Porsche 718 Cayman S

For: Steering, framework change and grip, overwhelming gait churned with startling turn of practicality.
Against: Droning engine note, lacks a impression of a predecessor, pricey options.

A pierce to a flat-four turbo positively private some of a impression of a aged naturally aspirated flat-six Cayman, yet a 718 is here to stay and, objectively, it’s a pure step on.

Take a 0-60mph time we available during a exam track. Our PDK indication was also versed with Porsche’s £1,574 Sport Chrono pack, so with launch control it sprinted from 0-60mph in only 3.9 seconds – an implausible turn of pace.

It also had a corner over a F-Type when it came to in-gear performance, notwithstanding carrying one fewer ratio to cover a wider speed range.

With some-more appetite and torque than a Jag, during 345bhp and 420Nm respectively, and reduction mass to move, it’s no warn that a 718 delivers a stronger strike of acceleration. In Sport Plus mode a torque ramps adult quickly low down, with a rise attack during 1,900rpm. From here a automobile revs harder and with some-more coercion than a Jaguar, while a PDK box serves adult pointy and near-seamless shifts – that is partly where a Cayman asserts a management over a F-Type.

The steering has a identical weight yet a some-more pure feel, so it gives we certainty in a Cayman’s front finish to pull into bends. Do so and you’ll expose a car’s pleasing healthy balance.

It’s penetrating to change direction, with a mid-engined blueprint assisting to boost agility. There’s gigantic grip, nonetheless we can revelry in a adjustability yet carrying to pull adult to – or past – a limit.

However, this energetic bravery does have a downsides. While physique control is brilliant, reining in a appetite during high speed well, even with a £1,010 adaptive dampers in a Normal setting, a Porsche rides with a organisation corner where a Jaguar feels a small softer and looser. It’s not too uncomfortable, yet you’ll have to put adult with a small some-more straight transformation in a chair if we wish a thrills on a rambling road.

Tyre bark is intrusive, yet during slightest it drowns out some of a engine’s less-than-musical note. It thrums during low revs and drones on a move; not an upsetting sound, only not as frail as a Jag’s.

Still, a cabin is built from higher-quality materials. Despite a slight cost advantage, a Porsche has some-more of a reward feel, partly due to a some-more modernized infotainment set-up. You also get sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, connected services, DAB, Bluetooth, part-leather electric sports seats and 19-inch alloys. Xenon headlights are customary (LEDs to compare a Jag cost £1,397), while keyless entrance and go is £497, back parking sensors £362 and a sports empty £1,380.

Testers’ notes

  • Gearbox: Twin-clutch PDK box unequivocally adds to a Cayman pushing experience, delivering sharp, roughly seamless shifts to give obligatory performance.
  • • Finish: Even yet it’s a cheaper automobile here, a Porsche is done from higher-quality materials.
  • • Steering: Feedback by a circle is immense, so we get a genuine clarity of what a automobile is doing.

Verdict

First place: Porsche 718 Cayman S

Even yet a engine lacks some character, there’s no denying a Porsche’s monster performance. It comprehensively beats a Jag for speed, doing and balance, and it’s a small some-more usable. While it costs some-more to run, it’s cheaper to buy on PCP. 

Second place: Jaguar F-Type 2.0

The P300 broadens a Jag’s interest and brings it within strech of a new organisation of buyers. It looks great, handles sweetly and is discerning enough, yet still isn’t as enchanting or, surprisingly, unsentimental as a Porsche. It’s good executed, yet this F-Type isn’t as charismatic as we’ve come to expect.

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