Jaguar F-Type Coupe vs Porsche Cayman S

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 safeand predictable manner.

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

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 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 PDKJaguar 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/cost41/£687/J/£26550/£611/K/£285
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£480/£610/£480£995 (3yrs)
   
Length/wheelbase4,380/2,475mm4,470/2,622mm
Height/width1,295/1,801mm1,309/1,923mm
EngineFlat 6cyl/3,436ccV6 s’charged/2,995cc
Peak power/revs321/7,400 bhp/rpm335/6,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs370/4,500 Nm/rpm450/3,500 Nm/rpm
Transmission7-spd auto/rwd8-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel64 litres/repair kit72 litres/repair kit
Boot capacity (litres)150 front/275 rear407 (315 to shelf)
Kerbweight/payload1,370/325kg1,577/N/A
Turning circle/drag coefficient11.0 metres/0.30Cd10.9 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers20,000 miles (2yrs)/3616,000 miles (1yr)/97
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.6th/6th*2nd/5th*
   
0-60/30-70mph4.0/3.5 secs5.6/4.3 secs (wet)
30-50mph in 3rd/4th2.8/3.7 secs2.5/3.2 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th4.3/5.2 secs/N/A3.3/6.4/8.8 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph174mph/2,000rpm161mph/1,800rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph44.6/32.1/8.8m53.5/38.0/10.3m (wet)
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph65/56/68/77dB60/46/58/64dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range26.0/5.7/366 miles23.7/5.2/375 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined24.8/44.8/34.4mpg22.8/41.5/32.1mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined5.5/9.9/7.6mpl5.0/9.1/7.1mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket251/190g/km/30%275/205g/km/34%
   
Airbags/Isofix/rear park sensors/camSix/£122/£348/£1,044Four/no/yes/£255
Ceramic brakes/adapt dampers/cruise£4,977/£971/£267No/no/£350
Climate control/leather/sport seats£518/£1,428/£2,226Yes/£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/£446Yes/yes/yes/yes
20-in wheels/prem audio/spt exhaust£971/£2,663/£1,530£2,000/£1,700/£1,630

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