There’s something aggressively masculine and yet impractical about driving a sports car in a packed urban setting. However, revving along the sloping roads of, say, Tagaytay, might be a good way to showcase this cat’s capability to glide and purr.
Ever on the lookout for ingenious ways to improve and tinker with their existing vehicles, Jaguar has recently transformed the C-X17 concept, first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2014, into a lean, mean SUV that has the core of a powerful sports car: the F-PACE. Already gaining solid buzz among car enthusiasts, Jaguar expects the car to already be sold out when it’s released this year, hence the F-PACE First Edition, which will only be sold in 2,000 units.
Before the hype gets in the way of the F-PACE’s actual capabilities, Jaguar unveiled the car with a record-breaking streak. It set the Guinness World Record for the largest ever loop-the-loop, showcasing its agility and strength at the 63-foot tall loop at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, accelerating at a 6.5G force—more than what pilots contend with on space shuttle launches.
A 360 hp 3.0L supercharged V6 engine—which peaks at 155 mph at a 0-60 mph acceleration in 5.1 seconds—hides behind its graphic front grille and muscular bonnet; a piece of design language that demonstrates the F-PACE’s sports car DNA. The Lightweight Aluminum architecture also gives the car its distinctive design, from its slender lines, rear haunches, and tail light graphics. Twenty-two-inch wheels and full LED headlights are some of the carryovers from the C-X17 concept.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum promises that the F-PACE, despite its death-defying capabilities, is practical enough as an SUV. It can fit five people and their belongings (it has a 650-liter luggage compartment) for a leisurely weekend trip, or even just as an everyday car. Inside is an advanced infotainment system that includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen with a quad-core processor, which makes for a responsive interface. It also has a true door-to-door guidance navigation system that easily learns your daily commute. For connectivity sticklers, the F-PACE has a WiFi hotspot that can handle up to eight devices.
Jaguar (32nd and 4th Crescent Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; 856-2277; jaguar.com) has consistently emphasized the F-PACE’s family-friendly build. Ultimately, however, it is for anyone who loves cruising through roads at top speeds with the grace of a sports car, all while comfortably enjoying the features of an SUV.