Why The Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport Slots Between Aston Martin And Porsche

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It's both a grand tourer and a sports car. What could be better?

It''s hard to think Jaguar was crazy for making the F-Type 400 Sport. After all, there are only a few directions that an automaker can go when building a low-volume flagship sports car. Up, down, and to the side metaphorically speaking, or down range, up the ladder, or in an alternate direction by means of special edition models strewn throughout the hierarchy. Jag already has either end covered with the SVR up top and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder F-Type on the low end.

So it only seemed part of the plan when it decided to go for the F-Type 400 Sport, sandwiched comfortably in the lower portion of the range. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is tweaked to make 400 horsepower, 20 more than the F-Type S and 150 less than the thoroughbred F-Type R.

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With a nice even number, the V6 suddenly becomes a more enticing prospect, especially with the light facelift. Alex Goy of Carfection gets behind the wheel of the 400 Sport on a rainy day to give it a proper shakedown. He quickly learns that it's no use comparing it to a Porsche 911, but then again the F-Type isn't exactly built to appeal for that crowd. As Goy puts it, this is the car you lock up and turn around to check out as you walk away. It's pretty like an Aston Martin and it can tour the country side like one as well. It's just a shame that V6 doesn't sound a tad more angry.

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