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Greetings. I currently drive a 2015 Porsche Boxster S. I'm toying with the idea of switching to the Jag F-Type R (V8) but haven't drove one nor rode in one yet (only watched youtubes). I know the Jag is a little bigger and that's ok, having a little more room in the cabin would be good. Any advice or recommendations would be great. Model year differences? I read on here about exhaust was toned down in later models? don't know if that's true or not. I'm an old guy (60) and I love the Porsche but I'm looking for something that leans more towards a road car than a race car. I live in the South Jersey area and would be willing to meet up with someone, find a back road, switch cars or just look.

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Hi,

I have a 2015 Boxster GTS and recently picked up a 2021 F Type R.

As always the reasons are complicated.

The GTS is an amazing car, both on road as well as track, and has an ability to smooth out bumpy British B roads and carve around corners that is very impressive. The handling is first class and the ability to flick from one corner to the next with that mid engine chassis is superb.

But, for me, it just lacks a little something. I have realised that I am more of a front engine roadster guy, and there is something about the Jag that just taps in to my emotions...ticking all the boxes in a way the Boxster doesn't. It handles almost as well as the Boxster at fast road speeds, soaks up bumps even more impressively, steers as accurately, is quieter on the motorways, and generally brightens my day when that V8 lump growls up front.

I had always been aware that no matter how brilliant the Boxster was it was missing something for me. I found that in the Jag.

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Greetings. I currently drive a 2015 Porsche Boxster S. I'm toying with the idea of switching to the Jag F-Type R (V8) but haven't drove one nor rode in one yet (only watched youtubes). I know the Jag is a little bigger and that's ok, having a little more room in the cabin would be good. Any advice or recommendations would be great. Model year differences? I read on here about exhaust was toned down in later models? don't know if that's true or not. I'm an old guy (60) and I love the Porsche but I'm looking for something that leans more towards a road car than a race car. I live in the South Jersey area and would be willing to meet up with someone, find a back road, switch cars or just look.

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Hi Ed, I had previously owned a 2006 Cayman S , followed by a 2011 Boxster S. The Cayman was great fun, and took to the track periodically over a 10 year period. I followed that with a low mileage pre-owned Boxster S, which I chose not to track, but to simply drive in nice weather, primarily with top down . Again a very nice car ( as you know), did everything well as most Porsches do!
Since the introduction of the Ftype, I was taken by the awesome looks and positive reviews I had read re. performance, sound, handling and fit/finish. I had noticed that that Jags seem to depreciate quite a bit quicker than Porsches, and ended up selling the Boxster S and buying a low mileage 2015 Ftype R Coupe from original owner in Fla. which I have now been driving here in the Boston area (not winter) for the past year. I will tell you that the Jag is an entirely different driving experience. More of a GT car rather than a “ Track “ car, the Ftype offers a visceral driving experience reminiscent of a 60’s muscle car with modern technology and comfort! Loads of low-end torque, very quick, extremely loud ( in sports mode) and quite comfortable. Also the unique looks and scarcity ( compared to the Porsche) really turns heads! The car is however significantly heavier than the mid/engine Porsche, and isn’t quite as nimble in hard cornering.
I’m an even older guy Ed, and was just ready for a different driving experience, which is certainly what I’ve gotten from the Ftype R. My recommendation is to drive one first before making the decision to change. Happy to meet up somewhere and switch cars for a drive at some point in warmer weather, right now the CAT is hibernating for the winter!
 

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Greetings. I currently drive a 2015 Porsche Boxster S. I'm toying with the idea of switching to the Jag F-Type R (V8) but haven't drove one nor rode in one yet (only watched youtubes). I know the Jag is a little bigger and that's ok, having a little more room in the cabin would be good. Any advice or recommendations would be great. Model year differences? I read on here about exhaust was toned down in later models? don't know if that's true or not. I'm an old guy (60) and I love the Porsche but I'm looking for something that leans more towards a road car than a race car. I live in the South Jersey area and would be willing to meet up with someone, find a back road, switch cars or just look.

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Hi Ed,

I'm in the Jersey area also. I have a 2016 F-Type R and I'm quite happy with it. In fact I love the car. I also had Porsches before, 911 to be exact. The Porsche is a superior performer when you push it hard in the corners. However, if you are not the type to be taking the car to the track I think that a used F-Type R really has no comparison for the money. The car will put a smile on your face every time. The sound and torque is simply intoxicating. I'm starting a F-Type meet up in Jersey. Keep in touch I'm planning first meeting possibly for March.
 

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Good morning all, I know this is an older thread. Staten Island, NY here. I currently own a 2018 F-Type 400 Sport RWD. A limited edition model, only built for one model year that is the only V6 model that puts out an even 400 hp.

There is just something very old school and visceral about the F-Type. In my opinion, the F-Type is basically a car built in homage to the American muscle car, but with European elegance and refinement. Simply put, the car has "soul." Basically, Mike Tyson dressed up in a tux.

Get on the roads we get to drive on around here -- the Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Pkwy-- let traffic clear in front of you by about a quarter mile, and punch the accelerator. That's all it will take... At the first moment you get thrown back into the seat, from the visceral acceleration while the insanely intoxicating exhaust note lets out a banshee's cry, and traffic behind you quickly shrinks in size in the rearview mirror, the love affair will undoubtedly begin. Plus that feeling of the rear of the car breaking loose just a bit occasionally, when you stomp on the pedal... Priceless! As far as driving in the twisties, I have to basically drive about 100 miles before I get to any roads that have a few bends to it. So that's not really the driving I get to do all that much.

For me, the feelings outlined above, along with the car's little quirks, (infotainment system) imperfections and oddities -- push the shifter forward to go backward and pull backward to go forward-- just make it feel like something uniquely yours. It's kind of "perfect in its imperfections." In my mind, it's just as much the things that some people consider "wrong" with the F-Type that make the car so endearing, as all the things that it does right.

But what it really comes down to is the unexplainable, old school familiarity, again, the soulful feeling, you get in your gut when driving it. Or when standing in the parking lot or your garage just looking at it. That can, at times, make the heart skip a beat or two.

Or in my case, the fact that I often find myself grabbing the keys to take a quick unexpected 100-mile run to nowhere, just because of the love of being in the car and driving it...

The only thing I can equate it to is that surreal feeling I had getting into a sports car as a passenger when I was a little kid, or the feeling I used to get when I cracked the throttle on the many, high-powered sports motorcycles I owned over a course of 40 years. No car has ever made me feel that way before...

While I truly appreciate the Porsche Boxster and Caymans, they are, to me, visually very vanilla. Nothing about them really stands out, appearance wise. To me, they are kind of the Honda Accord of European sports cars. They do everything extremely well, in a well executed, practical, refined way. But they are literally a dime a dozen in these parts and, simply put, don't stand out as being anything all that unique and special. You see Caymans parked everywhere on the streets throughout Brooklyn, and when you do see them, they blend right in and don't really stand out in any way style wise. I never turn my head to look at one driving by. Or find myself daydreaming about being in one and driving it the way I did with Porsche's years ago.

I was basically locked in on obtaining either a Boxster or a Cayman when I was out looking a while back. I had always wanted that feeling that goes along with what I perceived as being the prestige of saying the name "Porsche." But ten seconds after I first saw and then got into and test drove the F-Type, I said immediately to myself, "this is it! This car is exactly why I love things with a freakin' engine!" Except for the fact I can never actually get my hands dirty and work on it. That is the only thing missing.

The F-Type turns heads wherever you go. There have been quite a few times when I have been driving down the highway, only to have another driver race up and pull alongside me, frantically beeping their horn to get my attention, for the sole reason of giving me a "thumbs up" of approval as to the car's uniqueness in both style and appearance.

Not to mention the fact that when doing further research, I found info that states that only 338 of the F-Type 400 Sport were brought into the US. And out of the 338, there is a chance that my car is possibly the only one of its specific build in New York. Maybe the entire region. And I kind of love knowing that...

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I have to chime in as well and had 2 prior Porsche 911's; one was a 996 twin turbo and the other a 997.2 S model. I bought my F Type R to replace the 997.2 that I had sold a couple years prior. I agree with the above comments in the fact I love my Jaguar and also have to state it is a much different driving experience. As stated it simply doesn't handle like the Porsche's and can take cornering so much better than the Jag. I am at the point that I love my Jag but also really miss my Porsche nimble feel. So I think once prices level out a bit I will pick up a Cayman S to go next to the Jaguar since I cannot see getting rid of my Jag. They are just that much of a different driving experience. If you do consider making the switch I would buy used as sadly our Jaguars depreciate heavily but I suggest you try a Jaguar and see what you think for yourself. They are just that much different from the other.
 
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