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Jaguar F-Type R AWD vs Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS

New Jaguar F-Type R AWD meets storming Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in all-wheel-drive supercar shoot-out

Power is nothing without control, so in a bid to add even more performance and better harness the ferocious output of the rear-wheel-drive F-Type R Coupé, Jaguar has re-engineered its flagship supercar so it now sends power to all four wheels. 

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A £91,660 price tag puts it squarely in the sights of one of the best in the business: the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS.

The £99,374 Porsche is more expensive than the British coupé and slightly down on power, too, but more than 50 years of development has gone into this legendary two-door to make it one of the best performance cars on sale, so it would be foolish to write it off from the on-paper figures alone.

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The 911 range has had the option of four-wheel drive for 25 years now, helping to tame the car’s famous rear-biased weight distribution due to the location of its engine.

And now, by equipping its front-engined F-Type with all-wheel drive, Jaguar has a real rival. You couldn’t call either car cheap, but both offer heady driving thrills with extra on-road security. 

To capitalise on the great British summer, we took our dynamic duo out for some fun in the sun, but did the big cat roar to victory, or is the 911’s evolutionary approach good enough to see it take the top spot once again?

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Jaguar F-Type review

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Read individual reviews by clicking the links above, and scroll down to see which supercar takes the win...

Head-to-head

Noise

Both cars boast active exhausts with flaps that open and close for the full aural experience or more refined cruising. The Jag V8 is noisier – it registered 97dB on our meter, compared to 95dB for the 911. But when revving, the F-Type’s exhaust peaked at 115dB. That’s as loud as a rock concert!

Boot space

Jaguar and Porsche go about the layout of their cars in different ways. The F-Type has its engine up front and boot at the back, while the Porsche is the other way round. It doesn’t affect practicality, but the 911’s quirkiness makes it feel even more special.

History repeating

It’s a spiritual successor to the E-Type, and the Jag references the legend with features such as narrow rear light clusters and a clamshell bonnet. The 911’s been in constant production over that time, so the design has steadily evolved. Both cars look sublime.

Verdict

1st place: Porsche 911

In the world of high-performance coupés, price and practicality take a back seat compared to driving experience – and here it’s the 911 GTS that’s the more capable machine. A sublime chassis that mixes comfort with stunning agility, a sonorous flat-six engine and a brilliant gearbox make the Porsche one of the most desirable models in the sports car market.

2nd place: Jaguar F-Type

There’s no doubting the theatre of the F-Type R AWD, but next to the tactile Porsche, it feels like more of a blunt instrument. Although it’s a great cruiser, as a performance car, its four-wheel-drive system isn’t as intuitive as the GTS’ set-up. And while the raucous exhaust note is addictive, the beautiful Jag’s breadth of talent isn’t quite as wide as the 911’s.

Other options for similar money

New: Mercedes-AMG GT

Price: £97,200 Engine: 4.0 V8 twin-turbo, 456bhp

Mercedes-AMG GT S - front tracking

Mercedes-AMG’s new GT packs similar performance to these cars, with 0-62mph taking four seconds flat. There’s no 4WD option, but you can bask in the noise of the glorious V8 and the supercar styling – this is a great coupé.

Used: Audi R8 V10 Plus

Price: £95,000 Engine: 5.2-litre V10, 542bhp

There’s a new Audi R8 on the block, so now is a great time for a deal on a used outgoing model. The V10 plus boasts 542bhp, and thanks to a dual-clutch gearbox goes from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, so it’ll rival the F-Type and 911 for sheer speed.

Key specs:

 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS PDKJaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe
On-the-road price/total as tested£99,374/£114,005£91,660/£100,000
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)£47,004/47.3%£40,926/44.7%
Depreciation£52,370£50,734
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£7,302/£14,605£6,697/£13,395
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£2,427/£4,046£3,055/£5,091
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost50/£1,152/K/£29050/£1,324/M/£505
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£480/£610/£480£995 (3yrs)
   
Length/wheelbase4,509/2,450mm4,470/2,622mm
Height/width1,269/1,852mm1,314/1,923mm
EngineFlat-six/3,800ccV8/5,000cc
Peak power424/7,000 bhp/rpm542/6,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque440/5,750 Nm/rpm680/3,500 Nm/rpm
Transmission7-spd PDK auto/4wd8-spd auto/4wd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel68 litres/repair kit70 litres/repair kit
Boot capacity125 litres315 litres (parcel shelf in)
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,490/405kg1,730/420kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.9 metres/0.30Cd11.5 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unlimited)/3yr3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers20,000 miles (2yr)/3616,000 miles (1yr)/97
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.6th/8th2nd/3rd
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./starsN/AN/A
   
0-60/30-70mph3.8/3.2 secs3.7/3.2 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th3.1/4.4 secs2.0/2.7 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th5.1/7.0/12.2 secs3.4/4.9/6.8 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph188mph/1,800rpm186mph/1,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph44.6/33.2/7.8m45.7/34.2/8.4m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph72/62/70/77dB68/53/64/73dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range26.3/5.8/393 miles20.9/4.6/322 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined22.6/39.8/31.0mpg17.4/33.2/25.0mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined5.0/8.8/6.8mpl3.8/7.3/5.5mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket248/212g/km/37%312/269g/km/37%
   
Airbags/Isofix/parking sens/cameraSix/yes/£639/£1,085Four/yes/yes/£255
Automatic box/stability/cruise ctrlYes/yes/£1,578Yes/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/yes/£320Yes/yes/£350
Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go£801/£1,032/£801£700/yes/£450
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/BluetoothYes/yes/yes/£413Yes/yes/yes/yes
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