It is both the moment of this comparison test and the first time the Jaguar F-Type mounts a fierce challenge to the Porsche Boxster.
The $171,045 F-Type V6 S is leading, with the $131,800 Boxster S PDK on the chase. We’re on a special slice of road deserving of two hot roadsters. It’s early morning so the trucks that typically ferry coal from the mines to nearby power plants are likely still being filled, and the road is clear. It’s way too cold for roadsters – we’re talking single-digit degrees and sleepy winter sun – but each fabric roof has been electrically folded anyway.
Approaching this particular winding uphill stretch the F-Type is howling ahead. The outputs of its 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine – 280kW of power produced at 6500rpm and 460Nm of torque at 3500-5000rpm – are transferred through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission to the rear wheels to achieve a claimed 4.9 second 0-100km/h.Read Article