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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster; £98,995
A wonderfully fast and elegant car it may be, but it won’t have escaped anyone’s attention at fellow British sports car maker Aston Martin that its V8 Vantage Roadster’s performance figures – 420bhp, 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds – compares unfavourably to the F-Type V8S, which is also £19,000 cheaper. Sure, the Vantage is more exclusive and weighs less – but then so will your wallet.

Audi R8 Spyder; £101,360
Another car used as a benchmarke by Jaguar, the R8 Spyder, is also powered by a V8 engine and is a very similar weight to the F-Type. But as it has all four wheels driven by Audi’s Quattro system and is mid- rather than front-engined, it drives quite differently. Acceleration time (0-62mph) is 4.8 seconds and top speed is 187mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet; £91,763
For 50 years Porsche has taken the 911 and improved it. Its handling is unique, largely down to its rear engine, and its shape is unmistakable. But despite being a front-engined car that doesn’t even have two seats (it’s a 2+2), it’s the sports car Jaguar compared the F-Type to more than any other because it is the one to beat. Acceleration time (0-62mph) is 4.7 seconds and top speed is 187mph.