2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: The Battle of Britain
March 31, 2015
Let's say you have up to $120 grand to spend on a two-seat sport coupe and you want a premium brand and some serious performance. Let's also say for the sake of this argument that you want it to be British. You're pretty much down to the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. What do you do?
I'd go with the F-Type R Coupe. Hands down. No hesitation whatsoever.
The Vantage has been kicking around for a decade and even back then, it wasn't quite as advanced or as polished as other $100,000+ sport coupes. I somehow snagged the V8 Vantage GT for a day and all I could think was, "I'd rather be in the Jag."
Everything about the Vantage GT seemed well suited to shredding through tight canyon roads, but in everyday conditions (traffic, straight highways), it suffered. Personally, I thought there was simply too much resistance in all the controls. The steering, pedals and even the shifter demanded a lot of effort. Again, great on a track or twisty road, not so much in a parking lot or the daily commute.
Sure, the Vantage has that certain curb appeal that the Jag might be lacking, but that all ends once you're inside. The poor interior quality that has plagued Aston Martin remains, and in a six-figure car, it's unforgivable.
By comparison, the F-Type is more polished, higher performing and has much more range when it comes to everyday drivability.
What do you think? Is it worth the sacrifice to pretend like you're James Bond for a day, or do you go for the Jaaaaaag?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,300 Miles