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Jaguar F-Type Coupe R, Porsche 911 50th Go Head 2 Head

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/13/2014 Jason Udy

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R and 2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition may be the best driver's cars out there. And on this episode of Head 2 Head, host Carlos Lago takes the two high-powered rear-drive coupes to the test track and canyons to find out which one is the better sporting instrument.

Both cars feature active dampers and active differentials. They are also similar in length and height, though the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R is nearly three inches wider. The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is powered by a rear-mounted naturally aspirated 430-hp 3.8-liter F-6 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while 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.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image At the track, the more powerful (and heavier) Jaguar F-Type Coupe R is faster to 60 mph (3.6 seconds vs. 3.9 seconds) and through the quarter-mile (11.8 seconds at 122.3 mph vs. 12.2 seconds at 115.4 mph) than the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition did, however, stop shorter from 60 mph (101 feet vs 106 feet) and posted better handling numbers (skidpad: 1.00 g vs. 0.94 g; figure-eight: 24.3 seconds at 0.83 g vs. 24.4 seconds at 0.82 g).

Next, Lago takes the two sports cars to the canyons to see how they behave on the streets. The sounds emitted by the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R are unmatched. Despite how powerful the engine is, the driver is always aware of the big cat's weight. With its lighter weight and rear-mounted engine (that improves forward visibility), the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is easy to drive.

Check out the video above to see which car wins this Head 2 Head.

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