Jag XKR-S GT vs SRT Viper TA
542bhp Brit brawls with 631bhp of American muscle. But which will come out on top?
Posted: 03 Apr 2014
We start in the Jag, Competition mode engaged, the tyres warmed and right foot planted against the firewall. There's a flurry of wheelspin as we arrow up the hill to the first corner - a tight right - the exhaust crackling into life and the scrubby desert scenery going suitably blurry. All good so far.
I get to the braking point and immediately know I've started too early, as the carbon-ceramics are phenomenally powerful and with tons of feel. Porsche-quality stoppers, these. I go to change down once, fine, then pull on the paddle again and... nothing. The six-speed 'box hasn't got a ratio to offer at this speed, so it's making me wait until the car has slowed more before allowing another shift. That is not what we wanted.