• Road and Track compares the new 981 Boxster S to the Jaguar F-Type S at LimeRock - Who wins?

      Road and Track decided to take the Jaguar S and the new Jaguar F-Type S to Limerock to see which sports car is the best. Now, the Boxster S is the highest performance Boxster that Porsche sells with its 315 horsepower 3.4 liter flat-6 (shared with the 991 Carrera). The Jaguar F-Type S is the mid-range model with a 380 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6. There is a V8 Type S model above with a 495 horsepower supercharged 5.0 liter V8 although the Boxster has no answer for it.


      So, there is some overlap as the F-Type can be aimed at either the Boxster or the 911 depending on trim. Looking at the engines one would think the Jaguar would be much faster but it isn't. The Boxster actually is slightly quicker in the 1/4 mile with a 12.6@109.7 versus 12.7@110.0 for the Jaguar.

      The Boxster's 684 pound advantage in curb weight shows. The F-Type needs more raw power and torque just to keep up and it also has a traditional automatic (with 8-speeds) versus the Boxster's 7-Speed PDK dual clutch transmission. The Boxster just makes more efficient use of its power.

      What about around the track? The Boxster S simply dominates the Jaguar. The Jag's weight distribution is 53/47 so a bit of weight from that supercharged motor on the nose. The Boxster's mid engine setup offering 44/56 front to back weight distribution is more conducisve to high performance driving on the road course. Combine that with almost equal acceleration and less weight and you get the laptime result seen here:

      Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT

      Lap Times


      • Porsche Boxster S - 1:02.33
      • Jaguar F-Type S - 1:04.49


      Just over two seconds for the Boxster S or basically an eternity around a road course when close to a minute per lap. The Porsche is the superior sports car. Road and Track puts it best, "The Porsche's superiority was conclusive and absolute. It could go deeper into the turns, the brake pedal alive under your foot and telling you exactly what was going on. The Jag could go almost as deep, but without the feel for the limit."

      As Jaguars often are the F-Type is pretty but it is more about looks and how you look in it rather than offering the best driving experience on the market. For that, there seems to be no substitute. Full results below.





      Jaguar F-Type S Porsche Boxster S
      4 Steering Feel 5
      4 Handling 5
      4 Ride 4.5
      5 Engine Pull 3.5
      5 Exhaust Note 3.5
      4 Brake-Pedal Feel 5
      4.5 Driver Comfort/Support 4.5
      4.5 Exterior Styling 4.5
      4 Interior Ergonomics/Styling 4.5
      4 Gearbox 5
      43 TOTAL 45


      • Test Conditions
      • Temperature: 48F
      • Relative Humidity: 61%
      • Elevation: 930 ft
      • Wind: Calm
      • Location: Chelsea, Michigan



      2014 Jaguar F-Type S 2013 Porsche Boxster S
      PRICE BASE PRICE $81,895 $61,850
      PRICE AS TESTED $91,965 $101,070
      ENGINE LAYOUT front, longitudinal mid, longitudinal
      CONFIGURATION V-6 H-6
      INDUCTION supercharged naturally aspirated
      MATERIAL aluminum block and heads aluminum block and heads
      VALVETRAIN DOHC, 24 valves DOHC, 24 valves
      DISPLACEMENT 2995 cc 3436 cc
      BORE x STROKE 84.5 x 89.0 mm 99.0 x 77.5 mm
      COMPRESSION RATIO 10.5:1 12.5:1
      PEAK HORSEPOWER (SAE) 380 hp @ 6500 rpm 315 hp @ 6700 rpm
      PEAK TORQUE 339 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm 266 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
      REDLINE 6600 rpm 7600 rpm
      FUEL DELIVERY direct direct
      TRANSMISSION DRIVEN WHEELS rear rear
      TRANSMISSION TYPE 8-speed automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual
      FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.31:1, limited-slip differential 3.89:1, limited-slip differential
      GEAR RATIO MAX SPEED (RPM) RATIO MAX SPEED (RPM)
      1 4.71:1 34 (6800) 3.91:1 44 (7800)
      2 3.14:1 51 (6800) 2.29:1 75 (7800)
      3 2.11:1 76 (6800) 1.65:1 104 (7800)
      4 1.67:1 96 (6800) 1.30:1 132 (7800)
      5 1.29:1 125 (6800) 1.08:1 159 (7800)
      6 1.00:1 160 (6800) 0.88:1 172 (6850)
      7 0.84:1 171 (6100) 0.62:1 172 (4825)
      8 0.67:1 171 (4850)
      MATERIALS & DIMENSIONS CONSTRUCTION, CHASSIS aluminum steel and aluminum
      CONSTRUCTION, BODY aluminum steel and aluminum
      LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT 176.0/75.7/51.0 in 172.2/70.9/50.4 in
      WHEELBASE 103.2 in 97.4 in
      TRACK FRONT/REAR 62.4/64.1 in 60.1/60.6 in
      DOORS/SEATS 2/2 2/2
      EPA CLASS 2-seater 2-seater
      CARGO CAPACITY 7.0 ft3 9.9 ft3
      DRAG COEFFICIENT x FRONTAL AREA 0.36 x 24.2 ft2 0.31 x 21.3 ft2
      CHASSIS FRONT SUSPENSION upper and lower A-arms strut-type
      REAR SUSPENSION upper and lower A-arms strut-type
      FRONT BRAKES 15.0-in vented rotors, 2-piston sliding calipers 13.0-in vented rotors, 4-piston fixed calipers
      REAR BRAKES 12.8-in vented rotors, 1-piston sliding calipers 11.8-in vented rotors, 4-piston fixed calipers
      TIRES Pirelli P Zero Pirelli P Zero
      TIRE SIZE FRONT, REAR 255/35ZR-20, 295/30ZR-20 235/35ZR-20, 265/35ZR-20
      STEERING ASSIST hydraulic electric
      STEERING RATIO 14.6:1 16.5:1 to 12.4:1, variable
      TURNS, LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.4 2.6
      TURNING CIRCLE 35.0 ft 36.0 ft
      WEIGHT & FUEL CURB WEIGHT 3839 lb 3155 lb
      DISTRIBUTION F/R 53/47% 44/56%
      WEIGHT-TO-POWER RATIO 10.1 lb/hp 10.0 lb/hp
      EPA CITY/HWY 19/27 mpg 21/30 mpg
      OUR FUEL MILEAGE 22.3 mpg 25.2 mpg
      FUEL CAPACITY 19.0 gallons 16.9 gallons
      RANGE 513 miles 507 miles
      RECOMMENDED FUEL premium premium
      ACCELERATION 1 FOOT (ROLLOUT) 0.3 sec 0.3 sec
      ROLLING START, 560 MPH 4.8 sec 5.0 sec
      QUARTER-MILE 12.7 sec @ 110.0 mph 12.6 sec @ 109.7 mph
      010 0.3 sec 0.3 sec
      20 0.9 0.8
      30 1.6 1.4
      40 2.3 2.1
      50 3.2 3.0
      60 4.2 4.1
      70 5.4 5.3
      80 6.8 6.7
      90 8.4 8.4
      100 10.3 10.3
      110 12.7 12.7
      120 15.4 15.5
      130 19.4 19.0
      140 25.9 23.7
      150 32.2 30.4
      TOP SPEED 171 mph (electronically limited, manufacturer claim) 172 mph (manufacturer claim)
      BRAKING & HANDLING 600 MPH 112 ft 110 ft
      800 MPH 196 ft 192 ft
      FADE none none
      ROADHOLDING 0.92 g 0.97 g
      BALANCE mild understeer neutral

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      This article was originally published in forum thread: Road and Track compares the new 981 Boxster S to the Jaguar F-Type S at LimeRock - Who wins? started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 7 Comments
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        So the Boxter has 40k in options? WOW!!!!! That's insane. 101k for 315hp my ass. I know there is a lot more in a car than just hp but damn. It's almost comical.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Porsche options add up. Nobody is buying a $101k Boxster.
      1. govr46's Avatar
        govr46 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Porsche options add up. Nobody is buying a $101k Boxster.
        True that!
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        40k in options is absurd, as is a 100+ thousand dollar Boxster... However, when you compare the base model Boxster S - and then throw in say 15k for the "good" options (the ones that contribute mainly to performance) - it almost looks like a good deal comparing it against the Jag FS at 92k...

        I am not surprised that the Boxster won this - but AM surprised how badly it beat the Jag. We are talking seconds here - that's insane! Porsche definitely knows how to tune a chassis - no doubt about it. They are also damn good at ripping people off with options. 100k for a Boxster - lol, that's ridiculous.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        The F-type is simply beautiful.

        The coupe version should look even better.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        The F-Type is beautiful and the exhaust note is probably the best I've ever heard on a stock car. The V8 S versoin of course.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Data panel:

        Click here to enlarge