Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:30:00 GMT
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster v Jaguar F-Type

The summer's must-have roadster, the Jaguar F-Type, faces its Aston Martin cousin

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The autumnal early morning tranquility is shattered with an unmistakable fire crackle bark that can only mean one thing. The Jaguar F-Type has arrived.

Perched high on the Chilterns, we hear the advent of the orange menace long before we catch sight of it, pops and bangs reverberating off the valley walls like a crazed hunter taking pot shots at his escaping prey.

As nearby residents stir in response to their rude, early morning reveille, the Jag feels more anti-social than sparking up a cigarette in the Nicorette factory canteen.

Normally it’s the other car in our roadster duo, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, which is responsible for such theatrical fanfare. But today, with this shouty newcomer, the Aston looks and sounds a little timid.

The question is, what would you rather have sitting in your garage: a rabid beast with a Jaguar badge or a classically sophisticated Aston Martin? Only £15k splits them: £79,985 for the F-Type V8S and £95,080 for the V8 Vantage Roadster. £15k that separates pedigree and power.