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Poll: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs. 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/27/2014 Jason Udy
Poll: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs. 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT

Although the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT are both high-performance grand touring British coupes, the automakers used different formulas to arrive at the final product. Where Jaguar upped the power on its four-passenger coupe, Aston Martin stuffed its largest engine in its smallest car. In our 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs. 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT comparison, we examined both cars on the street and track to see which is more capable. Now we want to know which one you would choose.

Motivation for the V12 Vantage S comes from a 565-hp 5.9-liter V-12 with 457 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed automated single-clutch transmission, while the XKR-S GT is powered by a supercharged 542-hp, 502 lb-ft 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic. Both coupes feature large carbon ceramic brakes, adjustable suspension, and sticky Pirelli tires. The XKR-S GT features a front splitter and canards, a larger rear wing, and diffuser for more downforce. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Both cars performed comparably with 60 mph arriving in 4.1 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds, though the lighter and more powerful V12 Vantage S posting a slightly higher trap speed (119.7 mph vs. 121.5 mph). Stopping distances were also very close with the V12 Vantage S stopping from 60 mph in 102 feet, one foot shorter than the Jag. Around the Figure Eight, the XKR-S GT posted a faster 23.7 second-lap time (at 0.87 g average) compared to the V12 Vantage S’ 23.9 seconds (at 0.86 g average).

While both cars posted nearly identical performance numbers,street driving and some laps around The Streets of Willow Springs Raceway revealed some distinct characteristics. Check out our 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs. 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT comparison and then choose a high-performance GT coupe in the poll below. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

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