You knew it wouldn't take long and it looks like EVO is first onto YouTube with a battle between the 2014 Jaguar F-Type and the 2013 Porsche 911. Tiff Needell spends a few laps warming up the tires (read: drifting like mad) in each droptop before getting in a timed run to see who's champion and who's second best.

Before the bell rings, its the Porsche that's got everything to lose, the 50-year-old era-defining sportscar getting on with a 3.4-liter flat-six, 350 horsepower, a seven-speed manual and a 3,197-pound curb weight. Other sportscars, like the F-Type, continue to eye the 911 like a flag atop Everest that they plan to first touch, and then rip from its socket. The mid-trim Jaguar rolls into the contest with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 hp, an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a curb weight of 3,521 pounds.

The video below shows you what happens when you let all those numbers fight it out on the same stretch of curvy track. Check it out.



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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the closest I'd ever come to taking a 911 rival over a 911. I just love this new F Type.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great achievement for Jaguar! That the Ftype is this good at such an early stage of development bodes well for its future, that said, the manual can't get here soon enough!
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I came away from this thinking what a tremendous job Porsche have done with the handling on such a tail-heavy car, and how gorgeous that F-Type looks.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even though I'm a huge fan of Porsches and really like the way the 991 looks, I gotta say, I'd still take the great looking F Type over a 911 cab. If I was looking for something that's competent out on the track, I wouldn't be considering a 911 Cab, so I don't care too much about the F Type's lesser performance capabilities. Drives well but has a little extra weight? Hardly a deal breaker.
      Indubitably
      • 1 Year Ago
      I honestly can't wait to see an F Type coupe with a manual. That will definitely be an achievable dream car for me in the future.
      ZenDriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting track review, and pretty good for first release of a car. What kind of tyres does it come with? Anyway, I'd have pitted the F-Type V8 S against a fullly-loaded Carrera S Cabrio, but that's just me. But as I've said many time before, there's so much more to a daily driven sports roadster than performance stats. Tiff should drive both cars in the real world for a week--the way 98.5% of customers will--and then report back. Most people never drive on a track, and only do because that's part of my job. I'll bet he'll see the Jag in a different light. Things will only get better for the F-type as the chassis improves over time, and once the manual transmission is available. In the meantime Jaguar will rake in the money with those good looks. Now let's see the F-type go head-to-head with a Vantage, an SLK, and a BMW Z4 sDrive35is-abcd-efg-hijk-lmnop.
      ds
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a very fair performance test. Yes, Jaguar looks stunning, but a new 991 is an awesome car in many ways. Many of you might grind Porsches design direction, but it is an icon and it's the only one that stayed true to its form and roots. Porsche has always been a true banch mark for this segment, that's a fact. You might have a more flamboyant design or slightly better performance, but you won't find the reliability and a mixture of performance and day-to-day ease in any other vehicles. Porsche is the whole package. And if performsnce numbers isn't your cup of tea there are lot of vehicle that will do great, and Jag is one of them.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd take the Porsche, even if it looks like a Beetle Convertible... the Jag is trash unreliable cabrio.
      Steveo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totally stupid. Compare the $81,000 F-type to a $96,000 Porsche. They should have used the V8 and I'm sure the F-type would have been quicker by 3 sec. I wonder how much Porsche paid for this.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steveo
        A V8 F should be compared to the Carrera S, price differential be damned.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's worth noting that even the top-of-the-line Jaguar S-type V8 S is cheaper than a base Carrera Cabriolet. So price-wise, this isn't really a fair comparison.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        you did not get the point they choose the 911 to compare because it is the benchmark everyone took to compare their sport cars against it... they just wanted to show how far the F-Type S is away from the benchmark in this segment
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      id take the F-type.......porshe design needs to evolve a little bit more....i find it pretty stale sitting next to the F type....
        Serge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        I think is a convertible thing... that classic Porsche shape doesn't work at all without the roof.
      username
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd still have the Jag
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