In another battle of the Brits, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago pits two of England’s finest high-performance luxury coupes against one another in this week’s episode of Head 2 Head. The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT and 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S have a lot in common, aside from being assembled a mere 37 miles apart, and take to road and track to settle the score.
Both the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT and 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S are high-performance variants of high-end coupes from brands traditionally known for their refinement and elegance. Lagos points out that both cars share carbon ceramic brakes, adjustable dampers, and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires as part of a similarly-priced and similarly-powered package.
The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT has a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine directing 550 hp and 503 lb-ft of torque through Jaguar’s six-speed automatic transmission, and can be had for $174,895. Putting up similar figures is the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, which makes 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque from its 5.9-liter V12. The Vantage uses a seven-speed single-clutch automatic transmission, and starts at $187,820.
As Lagos finds that the cars perform nearly neck-and-neck in terms of braking, figure eight, and drag tests, the differences start to unfold out on the road and on the track. The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT is slightly less decadent on the inside, with the primary sensation being the wild, brutal, growl that thrashes out of the supercharged V-8. While the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S was “more of an occasion” for Lagos to sit in, he conceded that the Jaguar was in fact easier to maneuver and manage at speed around the track.
It’s fantastic to see these two carbon-fiber-clad missiles side by side, where the Aston and the Jaguar look like close cousins. Underneath all of the aerodynamics and intakes, the overall shape between the two is definitely similar, both evoking the short rear and long hood that showcase their British-sports-car heritage.
Check out the full video below to experience the in-depth comparison, and let us know in the comments which you think comes out on top.