Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Porsche Cayman S

3 Jun, 2014 12:04pm

Does new Jaguar F-Type Coupe have the edge over Porsche Cayman S?

There was a lot of hype surrounding the launch of the Jaguar F-Type last year, but as our experiences with the two-seater roadster have shown, the brilliant Brit was worth the wait.

The F-Type delivers feelgood performance and all-round ability that complements its catwalk looks. Twelve months on, there’s still a buzz around the big cat, thanks to the arrival of the Coupe.

Jaguar claims the fixed-roof model is the most performance-focused car it has ever built, and all three versions have the potential to cause a stir in the sports car market. For this first test, we’ve lined up the entry-level F-Type Coupe against one of the best sports cars we’ve driven in the past year – the Porsche Cayman S.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe review

Porsche Cayman review

These two are closely matched on price, performance and running costs, and the F-Type will need to be on top form if it’s going to have the measure of the Cayman. Whichever wins, it’ll be able to lay claim to the title of best sports car money can buy.

Click on the links above to read each review before reading on for our verdict.

Head-to-head

Performance

At the track, these two cars are hugely entertaining. Turn off the Jaguar’s traction control, and you can revel in its tail-happy rear-wheel-drive handling, although you need quick reactions to catch the slide if the rear end steps out.

On the other hand, the Porsche has masses of grip and encourages you to take corners as fast as you possibly can. And when it does lose grip, it does so in a safe
and predictable manner.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Porsche Cayman S rears

Running costs

Not much separates these models on costs. There’s just £5 difference in list price, but the Jaguar comes with sat-nav, a DAB radio and rear parking sensors as standard.

The Porsche is marginally more economical and cheaper to service, although our experts predict the F-Type will hold its value better.

Verdict

1st place: Porsche Cayman S

Porsche Cayman S static

The Cayman S takes the narrowest of victories. Both these cars have a feelgood factor that puts them at the top of the class, but the Porsche edges ahead thanks to a more involving driving experience which makes the most of its abilities.

2nd place: Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar F-Type Coupe static

Jaguar has created a car as stunning to drive as it is to look at in the F-Type Coupe, with a V6 engine that delivers awesome performance. This is the weakest model, but it’s still a five-star car, and means the V6S and V8R will be special.

Figures

Porsche Cayman S PDK Jaguar F-Type Coupe
On the road price/total as tested £51,245/£64,751 £51,250/£65,678
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) £24,034/46.9% £28,341/55.3%
Depreciation £27,211 £22,909
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £3,042/£6,085 £3,438/£6,876
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £2,860/£4,766 £3,137/£5,229
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 41/£687/J/£265 50/£611/K/£285
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £480/£610/£480 £995 (3yrs)
Length/wheelbase 4,380/2,475mm 4,470/2,622mm
Height/width 1,295/1,801mm 1,309/1,923mm
Engine Flat 6cyl/3,436cc V6 s’charged/2,995cc
Peak power/revs 321/7,400 bhp/rpm 335/6,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 370/4,500 Nm/rpm 450/3,500 Nm/rpm
Transmission 7-spd auto/rwd 8-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 64 litres/repair kit 72 litres/repair kit
Boot capacity (litres) 150 front/275 rear 407 (315 to shelf)
Kerbweight/payload 1,370/325kg 1,577/N/A
Turning circle/drag coefficient 11.0 metres/0.30Cd 10.9 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs 3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers 20,000 miles (2yrs)/36 16,000 miles (1yr)/97
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 6th/6th* 2nd/5th*
0-60/30-70mph 4.0/3.5 secs 5.6/4.3 secs (wet)
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 2.8/3.7 secs 2.5/3.2 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th 4.3/5.2 secs/N/A 3.3/6.4/8.8 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 174mph/2,000rpm 161mph/1,800rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 44.6/32.1/8.8m 53.5/38.0/10.3m (wet)
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 65/56/68/77dB 60/46/58/64dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 26.0/5.7/366 miles 23.7/5.2/375 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 24.8/44.8/34.4mpg 22.8/41.5/32.1mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 5.5/9.9/7.6mpl 5.0/9.1/7.1mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 251/190g/km/30% 275/205g/km/34%
Airbags/Isofix/rear park sensors/cam Six/£122/£348/£1,044 Four/no/yes/£255
Ceramic brakes/adapt dampers/cruise £4,977/£971/£267 No/no/£350
Climate control/leather/sport seats £518/£1,428/£2,226 Yes/£700/£1,950
Met paint/adapt. xenons/keyless entry £558/£477/£599 £700/£1,350/£450
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth £2,141/yes/£324/£446 Yes/yes/yes/yes
20-in wheels/prem audio/spt exhaust £971/£2,663/£1,530 £2,000/£1,700/£1,630

Disqus - noscript

"narrowest of victory" in Brit-rabid mag = yawning gulf in reality.

Mid Engine car and Front Engine car. Different. Compare cars that are fundamentally similar please.

If I was going to track my car then I want the Cayman. If I am going to travel about on the roads then I want the Jag.

AE is normally anti-brit, pro-German and sponsored by VW Group.

You're not very bright.

And owned by German publisher Axel Springer - Auto Bild. Not Brit mag at all.

The Porsche should win because it is offered with a manual gearbox - a must-have option for a true sports car.

Jag promise one one day - let's hope soon...

Hi, yawning gulf in what terms? Grid position in F1? Do you think I was so blind to not know that objectively, the Porsche was 'superior', when I bought my V6S (don't answer that!)? But on that basis there is a yawning gap from the Porsche to a GTR, so EVERYBODY buys a GTR, right? Nothing gets me yawning more than a Porsche, they do nothing for me, so I bought the Jag. Save objective comparisons for Which? magazine and dishwashers, there is space in the market for the Jag; Porsche lovers will still worship at the Porsche altar.

Now THAT's interesting, I didn't know that. I actually did a bit of digging a couple of weeks ago and couldn't find out who ultimately owns Dennis Publishing. So it's Axel Springer is it? According to Wikipedia, it's the Quadrangle Grp. Does Axel Sprngr own Quadrangle?
Have you any more information?

Auto Express its owned by German Springer Press and always promote German brands. It's more a advertising letter in favour of VW ( VW-Audi-Porsche-Seat-Skoda) than a honest auto magazine.

It's the Auto Bild format licensed from Axel Springer AG by Dennis.

Do your digging around Auto Bild. On Axel Springer website find the International Magazine Licensing Brochure .pdf and look at page 22, International Titles.

Its Springer! Its typical German encapsulated, because the pro German AG propaganda appear ats best. Don't be foolish, the German's are not nice they want the absolute power. I'm a German and I hate my country for that.

If the verdict is based on the involving driving experience, then yes - the Cayman is astonishing in that respect and betters cars that are priced way up into 6 figures. It is also arguably bettered in that respect by some cheaper more specialised cars. But it is the best compromise, having 98% of anything else out there as a drivers car, whilst being a civilised daily driver,

Jag a better general road car though. If you are going to splash money out for something special then the F appeals to the visceral in the way that a Ferrari does. That's pretty hard to beat at the price.

GTR is pretty awful, the drivetrain crashes and whines at low speed and its pretty unpleasant in traffic.

It's an amazing performing car for the money, but I wouldn't want to own one. (lucky I get to use one occasionally).

Dennis Publishing is an independent company. Auto Express is completely owned and run by Dennis.

If you have any questions then you can always use the comments section to ask us here at AE.

Which completely contradicts the Axel Springer AG website, which claims to own AutoExpress as an international version of Auto Bild. It's licensed to Dennis, who are the publishers in the UK.

Otherwise, Dennis must ask Springer to take down that information that is plainly on the Axel Springer website for everyone to read.

It's a format that has been licensed - I think you misunderstand the Axel Springer site. AE is owned by Dennis Publishing.

Bit of a harsh generalisation. My experience of Germans contradicts this. You can't look at how big German corps behave and then tar the entire populace with the same brush!

I have a question, Mr Sam Naylor. In fact, two.
1. I asked your colleague Jack Rix and Autoexpress a question about omitting Peugeot 308 in his article on Skoda Greenline. Why did he not produce a reply?
2. My comments - which are totally in line with your magazine policy - are being deleted. Why?
Can't you guys take a little bit of opposite opinion or constructive criticism? Why such fascism?

jag over a porsche? Yeah right.
AE is full of british journalsists and constantly pushes range rover and jag. When the rest of the world just yawns.
Aston martin, Bentley fair enough.
Jag is not the pedigree it once was.

You obviously haven't read many Auto Express articles.

F-Type for me all the time. Relatively speaking, the Porsche is just too common. Not doubting that fundamentally it's a good car, but it's too clinical, predictable almost (I'd imagine having not driven one), whereas there's something about the F that grabs me.

F Type or GTR though.... tough one, that.

We don't all have time to reply to comments, but if you want to send a staff member an email then we can be contacted at firstname_lastname@dennis.co.uk - if you email then Jack will be much more likely to respond.

Apologies about your comments - the spam filter sometimes removes them. I've manually approved your comment on this article.

the stupidity never ceases to amaze me

What drivel!
911 is Aston, Ferrari teriorty.
The comparison is fair, price alone.
And the stats don't lie Porsche is quicker, better ballanced.
I'm not going to go into justifying it as well, but the Porsche is better built.
And no surprise your wrong about AE. There owned by Dennis publishing an American company. Look it up up. they also do Carbuyer and Evo.
AE is a british based mag relavent to uk. Enjoy your Jag.

Ha. You got served by Ae son!

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