Porsche 718, a popular name in the premium performance car segment has found a new direct rival in the form of the newly introduced 2.0-litre Jaguar F-Type in India. The new entry-level F-Type has been introduced in addition to the existing 3.0-litre and 5.0-litre engine options, thereby further widening options for potential customers.
Both the cars are known for their unique styling elements. The newly introduced 2.0-litre Jaguar F-type gets mild cosmetic upgrades in the form of new LED headlamps with integrated turn indicators, revised tail lamps, new bumper and unique centre quad exhaust, while the rest of the styling elements are borrowed from its older siblings. Due to a smaller engine, the new model weighs about 52kgs lighter than the V6 variant. The new F-type features new lightweight pair of seats and improved centre screen with additional driving aids. The rest of the features are shared with the existing F-Type variants. The vehicle is available in Coupe and Convertible body styles.
Porsche 718 features a three-part air dam with blacked out mesh grille and LED DRLs. The headlamps get the optional quad LED setup which looks nothing but menacing. The strip connecting the two LED tail lamps separates the rear bumper from the fender and further enhances the overall sporty quotient. The 911 gets a stylish Panamera-like layout with the integrated touch-screen display for the infotainment system. The classic three-spoke steering wheel gets paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. The 718 is available in a Coupe bodystyle called as Cayman and the roadster form known as the Boxster.
The entry-level F-Type is powered by a 2.0 litre petrol mill that churns out 296bhp of power and 400Nm of torque and is capable of reaching a top speed of 250kmph. The toned down F-Type does 0-100kmph in 5.7 seconds. It also gets the eight-speed automatic transmission as standard which sends power to the rear wheels. However, there are no manual options.
The Porsche 718, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that puts out 295bhp of power and 6500rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1950rpm. It comes mated to six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK dual clutch automatic options.
Apart from the aforementioned specifications, both the cars are offered with a wide variety of customisation options to suit individual taste.