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      05-28-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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Goodbye M3, hello F-type

I picked up a 2014 f-type v8s this past weekend after five years in a Bmw e92 m3. I test drove 911s, several Amgs, and decided that I would go with my first British car. Below is a brief comparison on these two fantastic vehicles.

Accelerations. F-type. The m3 build up speed as it climbs up the rev line where the f-type provides instant power from around 2k rpm. Passing while going 40+mph is so effortless. Though the f-type is significantly faster, I enjoy both experiences because they are so different in feels.

Sound. F-type. I had a cat back system (AA) on my m3 and it was loud but when compared to what the stock exhaust on the f-type sounds like there was no contest. Plus there are no drones with the f-type exhaust. The sport exhaust option is a must for this car. And unlike my m3, which pops and crackles on down shifts, the f-type does it after upshifts.

Designs. F-type. I actually think that the e92 m3 looks great as a design. The f-type is sexier for sure but this was a close contest. Out on the street the f-type constantly draws attention where the m3 can blend in, which for some may be a more attractive feature.

Build quality. M3. The m3 feels better put together as a whole where as the f-type has some great parts mixed in with some so parts. The plastic on the cup holder cover, the gas cap, and some of the interior trims in the f-type feel flimsy and cheap when compared to the m3. This is where Bmw as a larger car company, has the resources to do what Jaguar cant do (yet).

Driving position. F-type. I prefer the low seating position and the way the seats hugs around you in the f-type.

Technologies. Draw. The nav, radio, and electronic interphase in my 09 m3 are faster in responses and are better organized than the f-type. They also look better. There’s a slight lag in the f-type when the volume is turned on, a song is changed, or an address is inputted into the Nav. The f-type makes up for this with cool gadgets like g-meter, stop watch, and color-changing gauges.

Brakes and Tractions. F-type. The traction control settings on the f-type is spot on. I can accelerate hard and hold corners without feeling like the tires are letting go which was not always the case with my m3 (especially on off the line accelerations). The brakes in the f-type feels tighter if not shorter in travel distance.

Transmission. M3. The f-type 8 speed is very good but not to the level of a DCT. I wouldn’t say that it kills the car (unlike some AMGs transmissions I’ve driven) just don’t expect the same responsiveness as a true DCT.

Gas Millage. F-type. I was averaging 15mpg with my m3, and so far the f-type (only at 300 miles on the odometer) is about 17mpg.

Value & Utility. M3. The m3 offers 4 seats, a usable trunk; close enough acceleration for about 70% of the cost. I loved having the extra seats and the ability to go to Home Depot or Costco in my m3 without any hesitations. The m3 could be used as a daily driver when it’s not raining hard or snowing. The two seats and tiny trunk in the f-type mean that I will only drive it on the weekends now.

Steering and Chassis. Draw. Both chassis feel comparable in rigidity and road feel. I prefer the slightly heavier steering feel in the f-type to the m3 but I like how the m3, as a whole, feels lighter when tossing around corners.

Dealership Experience. M3. The Bmw dealerships feel much more modern and upscale. For example, Bmw SA great you with tablets to input your vehicle, while Jaguar SA uses paper clipboard and paper. BMW waiting rooms are full of TVs, free Wi-Fi, and nice furniture. My Jaguar dealership had 4 chairs in the waiting room that was about 12 by 12 in dimension with stained walls. Again, this is due to Bmw being larger as a company having the resources to support that network. Neither company is Lexus but the Bmw centers offer a more upscale feel.

Reliability. Unknown??? My m3 was terrific, not a major problem in the 5 years, 68k miles I’ve had it. I can only hope Jaguar can come close to this.

Overall I fell that the different between the two cars are not that vast. Looking at pure facts and figures, the F-type does not make sense as a logical buy. However, buying a sport car is hardly ever a logical decision. If you are looking to have a fast sport car to use daily and have fun on a weekend drive, the m3 is the best money can buy. If you are looking for a vehicle that makes you feel special every time you get behind the wheel than the f-type is the choice.
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      05-28-2014, 09:57 AM   #2
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Congrats and that's a bad ass car.
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      05-28-2014, 10:00 AM   #3
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Without a doubt, the stock sound of the F-type is sweet sweet sweet music.
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      05-28-2014, 10:21 AM   #4
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Congrats on the nice ride, is that monsoon red? Just a few comments/qns:

Accerelation: how does it compare at 5.5k rpm and beyond?

Steering and Chassis (suspension): maybe I'm mistaken but I think Clarkson said even on smooth tarmac, you have to be going fast not to feel every bump. If I'm to make a comparison I would probably give the urge to the M3 in that regard, no?

Reliability: Unless Jag has done something drastically different with this model, "hope" is indeed what you need!
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      05-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #5
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Nice sir. I like the new coupe also a lot.
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      05-28-2014, 10:46 AM   #6
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Reliability: Unless Jag has done something drastically different with this model, "hope" is indeed what you need!
They are definitely doing something drastically different: New ownership. I believe Jag/LR made the biggest leap in reliability since Tata Motors bought them out.
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wow that is amazing! Great color, red is the fastest color! one of the best looking cars ever.
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      05-28-2014, 10:50 AM   #8
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I sat in one of those last year. Felt really nice.

Your comparison was great.

The carbon inserts in the wheels is a nice touch.
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Congrats on the nice ride, is that monsoon red? Just a few comments/qns:

Accerelation: how does it compare at 5.5k rpm and beyond?

Steering and Chassis (suspension): maybe I'm mistaken but I think Clarkson said even on smooth tarmac, you have to be going fast not to feel every bump. If I'm to make a comparison I would probably give the urge to the M3 in that regard, no?

Reliability: Unless Jag has done something drastically different with this model, "hope" is indeed what you need!
The car accelerates up to the red line but there's no build up getting there. It's just constant a go. And I don't mind the firmness of the jaguar, kind of reminding me of my old slk55. I just wish it was lighter on its feet. Yes, I hope that Jaguar can surprise me with its reliability as BMW did after I bought the m3.
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I sat in one of those last year. Felt really nice.

Your comparison was great.

The carbon inserts in the wheels is a nice touch.
Thanks. I actually would prefer the silver wheels on the type-r coupe. Black wheels look dirty IMO.
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      05-28-2014, 11:13 AM   #12
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Great looking car! Sat in the F-Type Coupe at the NYAS and I was impressed. Car was absolutely swarmed by people!
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The F type is a solid car. great to look at, fast and V8 exhaust note.
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Now this is an upgrade. I am seeing this car more often on the road and it looks and sounds stunning. Congrats!
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The only Jaguar sexier than the F-type is the F-type Coupe. I'd jump on an F-type R coupe if it came in manual and I could afford it...
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Great ride and write up. Enjoy it in the best of health.
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looks like sex to me congrats!
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what a beautiful car!! my next car =P
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