It seems that the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R is the performance coupe du jour. First, Motor Trend challenged it against a Porsche 911 on video to see how it fared. Now, Autocar in the UK is pitting the Jag against the latest iteration of the Nissan GT-R around a small course in a time trial battle.

On paper, it certainly looks like the F-Type Coupe is the clear winner. The two performance cars boast the same 542 horsepower (at least by UK specs), but the Jaguar does it with more torque, less weight and an eight-speed gearbox, compared to the six-speed in the GT-R. That seems like an automatic recipe for victory. However, the Nissan claims a faster sprint to 62 miles per hour and all-wheel drive. Nobody wants to watch a video of the new car running away into the sunset, and once the two of them make it to the track, the playing field appears much more level.

So which would you rather have? Keep in mind, that while the GT-R is cheaper than the F-Type Coupe R by a few thousand pounds in the UK, in the US a base R starts at $99,000, and the Nissan has a base price of $101,770. Scroll down to watch the video, and then make your choice in the poll, below.




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      tbird57w
      • 6 Months Ago
      "car guys" knew when the saw the headline knew godzilla would win the match race.
      Victor Hoyles
      • 6 Months Ago
      Jag for me. The GT-R is an awesome car but too cartoonish for me.
        Al Terego
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Victor Hoyles
        Same for me. The mechanicals of the GT-R is world-beating but that face...only momma Ghosn could love.
      Moreno636
      • 6 Months Ago
      The objective is a Time Attack....the choice is obvious.
        AB
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Moreno636
        2 seconds in this business is crushing. Not the prettiest but the technology in the GT-R is amazing..
      Clipper44
      • 6 Months Ago
      The reality is very few people flog their cars on the track or light em up at every stoplight. In every day driving situations, the Jag is clearly the better option on many levels.
      Matt Mossberg
      • 6 Months Ago
      Most of us are not pro drivers and we would need the traction control on in this track and others. The jag is the one I'd pick if I had to choose because its a car that I would like to live with on a daily basis in the city. 540+ hp is more then enough for most of us. It's still a fast as hell sports car that looks beautiful and is quite refined. But I can see why others would choose the gtr because that's the car they like better. be it because it's faster, the amount of mods available ect. Just like I'd pick the new z06 over both of these because I'm a corvette guy. Speaking of, I'd love to see them race the new z06 against both the jag and gtr....hell whatever they have to race it against I'd love to see it. Both cars are phenomenal in their own right. We have seen how the gtr has crept up in price (while improving it every year) while other cars have come in at a similar price point with a similar amount of power/performance. Still the gtr remains a potent option for someone wanting loads of performance at a good price, while the f type is an instant classic IMO with great performance.
      mix35
      • 6 Months Ago
      Can I have both. The Nissan for track days and the Jag for nights out and long weekend getaways. Btw the Jag is way sexier
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 6 Months Ago
      I like the GTR. But, sometimes, the GTR answers a question that I did not ask.
      AGSHOP
      • 6 Months Ago
      jag is just too pretty.
      Justin Shaw
      • 6 Months Ago
      I love how Jaguar/Landrover is India's (Tata's) right arm into America. Tata as a brand would probably never stand a chance selling cars in America. Their best chance would to price their cars lower than Hyundai /Kia. However they reek the profit of both brands. And for whatever reason they don't have people hating the parent company, (Volvo being the main victim.) Plus I don't think the f-type would have seen the light of day under Ford's ownership.
      Quantum Flux
      • 1 Month Ago

      Bloody hell that was epic, epic driving.  The Jag is lovely, but the GTR has AWD and with all seasons manages ok in inclement weather and also has backseats for the kiddies... Thats why I continue to own it.


      Many of the "I'd have xyz car" seem to ignore realities like this when people make the assumption of which car "makes more sense off the track".


      Neither one of these cars makes a fantastic commuter or is especially practical.  The GTR is just a bit more though.


      The Jag looks better to my eye, but the GTR looks a lot better in person and, IMO, gets harsher criticism than it deserves.  When you really own one, 100% of the comments are positive and you never look at it and think "wow... what an ugly car!"  It has a purposeful look


      Tough choice, but would be much tougher for me personally if I lived in a sunny climate and was single.

      audisp0rta4
      • 6 Months Ago
      Only the Brits would be so full of themselves to think that the Jag had a chance of keeping up with the GTR in the twisties. With that said, God bless those arrogant Brits (and their Indian masters) at Jaguar for producing such a beautiful and beastly car with the F Type!
      PTC DAWG
      • 6 Months Ago
      I see around 60% of folks have good taste, sounds about right to me. :)
        hokkaido76
        • 6 Months Ago
        @PTC DAWG
        I see that PTC DAWG is one of those individuals who foolishly believes that his tastes are superior and law. lol
        vegasstyleguy
        • 6 Months Ago
        @PTC DAWG
        Shoot accidentally down voted you
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