2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R V.S. 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary edition
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R
2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary edition
BY Matthew Harris
Recently being called the two best driver’s cars available, putting the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R and the 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary edition next to each other you will start noticing their differences right away. Sure, they are both high-powered rear wheel drive coupes with active differentials, active dampers, carbon ceramic brakes, and are very close in length and height. However, the Jaguar is slightly wider by 3 inches. The Jaguar also has a very striking visual cue that just makes people want to stop, stare at it, and ask questions. The Porsche is nothing to shrug at though. It grabs your attention and holds it for a very long time.
These two vehicles couldn’t be more different from each other under the hood either.
The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is powered by a rear-mounted naturally aspirated 430-hp 3.8-liter F-mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, meanwhile the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R is powered by a front-mounted 550-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic. This may be what causes the Jaguar to be a bit heavier.
Once you sit inside the cockpit of these two amazing vehicles and get into spiritually driving them there are some more differences to be noted. The Jaguar is more of brawler, it’s loud and it seems to just eat the road put in front of it, however the rear end tends to make you very aware that it’s a heavier car. By feeling like it’s starting to lose control a bit even though it never does. It just makes you aware in a controlled way. The cockpit itself doesn’t lie about how heavy the Jaguar is either. The interior tends to feel a bit tighter. The windshield is raked, the dash is a bit taller, and the cockpit itself is a bit narrower. The Porsche on the other hand with its lightened weight, handles the road with a bit more finesse and tends to grab those corners with ease and propel you around them. It also feels more open. You have a big open windshield and a hood that slopes down to the headlights.
So, despite all their differences these two cars actually appear to be very evenly matched. Where the Jaguar lacks in turns, it makes up with power in the straights and where the Porsche lacks in straight power, it makes up in the corners. It seems the real difference in the end would be choosing one dependent on your driving style.