Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport: Put to the Test on a Hillclimb in South Africa

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Convince Cape Town officials to close a hilly road, then find out which is fastest, a Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, a BMW M240i, or an Aston Martin Vantage 430.

Cars.co.za is a news and car classified site in South Africa. Recently, they were able to convince the city officials in Cape Town to close down a section of road for them. Then, they did what we would all do with a closed road, they raced a group of cars up to see which is the fastest. This series of videos compares cars in similar power and performance categories. In this case, Aston Martin, BMW, and Jaguar all make small, sporty, rear wheel drive coupes. Although the performance pairing is close, the pricing of this group is very broad. The BMW starts around $45,000, the Aston Martin Vantage 430 at $113,000 and the limited Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport starts around $89,000. Prices may be different but the horsepower numbers tell a different story.

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has 430 horsepower compared to the Jaguar F-Type’s 400 horsepower. While the underdog in this fight is the BMW 240i, which has only 335 horsepower. Although the BMW is down on power, it has a weight advantage on the faster coupes. Both the Jaguar and the Aston Martin weight in around 3,550 pounds, while the little BMW is only 3,240 pounds. Is the weight advantage enough to give the BMW the victory?

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The video starts with BMW 240i leaving the line in a bit of wheel spin. It charges up the hill with ease. The test driver states, that if the center of gravity was a bit lower, the BMW would be a lot faster. He was impressed with its composure and torque. Next up is the Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport, it roars off the line with a shout. The stunning black coupe sounds incredible up the hill, with the supercharged V6 screaming to redline. The test driver expressed how much he enjoyed the steering on the F-Type. Last up is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage 430 and it is a beautiful site to behold, but does it have the speed to win? Watch the video to see, which sports coupe takes the win. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Patrick Stevenson is an Internet Brands' contributor to 6SpeedOnline, Honda-Tech, Corvette Forums, 5series.net, and MBworld. He is also a host on The Motor Affair Podcast.

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