I’ve had a lot of people tell me that luxury performance SUV’s don’t make any sense. An SUV should be useful they say. The “U” in SUV stands for “Utility” after all. Utility: the state or quality of being useful; usefulness. So I asked myself: Does a sport utility vehicle have to be useful? I wasn’t sure. I pondered this question when I drove the Bentley Bentayga a few months ago. The Bentaygo is Bentley’s definition of Utility: a luxury performance SUV with about 600 horsepower and a price tag approaching $300,000. Useful? Not really. I’ve never owned a Bentley before. But while I was driving the Bentayga I had a hard time seeing anyone driving it to Home Depot and filling it with mulch and potting soil.
So when the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace S showed up in my driveway, I decided I needed to think a little bit more about what “utility” means and how important utility actually is in an SUV. The F-Pace S is an all wheel drive luxury performance crossover sport utility vehicle powered by a 3.0L supercharged V-6 engine cranking out 380 horsepower that is transferred to its 20 inch alloy wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters with a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. Useful in an SUV? Maybe. If you like to go fast.
The F-Pace was first introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit for the 2016 model year. Based on the Jaguar C-X17 concept crossover SUV, the F-Pace is Jaguar’s first ever luxury performance crossover SUV. “First evers” can be really exciting. But they can also be real disasters. I was excited to see how Jaguar would do with the F-Pace S, particularly because this was my first time in it.
When you enter the Jet Black Taurus leather covered cabin and press the start button, the first thing you can’t help but notice is the retractable electronic shifter knob. Its probably one of the coolest new car things I’ve seen since Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit. When you press the start button and fire up the F-Pace’s 380 supercharged horses, the electronic shifter knob rises slowly from the depths of the center console. Ready for action; ready to be shifted. And when you push the stop button to quiet those same horses, it retracts back into the depths whence it came. Totally unnecessary. Not very useful. But really, really cool nonetheless.
The other really cool feature unique to the F-Pace is what Jaguar calls its Activity Key. A black rubberized bracelet that allows you to lock the key fob in the car when you go running, swimming, biking or any other activity where carrying a key fob is inconvenient or undesirable. I took the F-Pace on a few morning runs. I locked the fob in the car, strapped the Activity Key around my wrist, and pounded out a solid 6 miles. No heavy fob banging around in my pocket; no risk of losing it; no leaving the car unlocked with the key hidden under the mat. I actually lost a key fob on an early morning run once. It makes getting home a bit of a challenge. You can’t do that with the Activity Key. The British are pretty clever. Brilliant, I say.
Read More: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Specs
Believe it or not there is an F-Pace for every budget. The base F-Pace starts at $41,990 and works its way through 5 different trim packages with the F-Pace S at the highest end at a base price of $57,700. All Jag F-Pace SUV’s come with Jaguar’s all-wheel-drive-system that uses Intelligent Driveline Dynamics software. There are two engines available in the F-Pace. The 3.0L supercharged V6 engine in both a 340 hp and 380 hp versions and a 2.0-L I4 turbocharged diesel engine.
So how does it drive? That’s really what it comes down to. Is it stiff and trucky like a lot of SUV’s? Is it big and boaty (yes, those are car terms) like some of the huge SUV’s? No. Not at all. It drives like a sports car – it really does. Not quite like the BMW M2 Coupe or the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 that I love so much. But for an SUV – amazing. Jaguar uses lots of technology and British ingenuity to get you this amazing ride. Torque Vectoring Technology is employed to improve capability on corners by applying independent braking on the inside wheels to reduce understeer. Jaguar’s segment leading proprietary Adaptive Surface Response and All-Surface Progress Control technologies recognizes difference between surfaces to adjust for maximum grip on all weather conditions, whether it be dry, snowy or wet pavement. Jaguar keeps the weight down but maintains stiffness by using aluminum architecture rather then steel. I only drove it on dry pavement so I didn’t really get to experience all of these technologies, but I will tell you that on dry pavement it drives and handles far better then just about any SUV I have driven.
View Video: Jaguar F-Pace Activity Key
Of course the F-Pace has all of the safety tech as well so you don’t have to trade performance for safety.
- Autonomous Emergency Braking;
- Heads up Display;
- Surround Camera System;
- Engine Drag Torque Control (mitigates the chance of wheel lock-up caused by strong engine breaking in slippery conditions);
- Dynamic Stability Control;
- Park Assist;
- Lane Keep Assist and Driver Condition Monitor (which monitors driving inputs to detect lapses in concentration due to tiredness);
- Traffic Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Limiter;
- Blind Spot Monitor with Closing Vehicle Sensing; and
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist.
For the money and given the size, this is my favorite SUV – hands down, not even close. There’s no third row so this is not a kid hauler, but it does boast 33.5 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats up. Plenty of room for all the luggage and stuff needed for the weekend road trip to the country. So is there Utility in Jaguar’s F-Pace S luxury performance crossover sport utility vehicle? I guess I don’t know. I had so much fun driving it – spending every minute I could in it – I forgot to think about utility. At the end of the day if its fun as hell to drive and it makes you happy (which I promise you it will), who cares if its useful. Go drive it and tell me what you think. And if you really need something useful – go buy a truck.
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Inflammation is holding us back in so many ways, and no one is really explaining it to us. All we know is that it’s “bad,” but no one wants to tell us about how it’s keeping us from losing weight and how it’s making us feel like garbage. Mainly because the food lobbyists don’t want us to dip into their profits when we find out that inflammation is caused by most of the so-called healthy foods that we are eating now!
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When I was 275lbs and struggling with my weight, the last thing that I thought about was inflammation causing my problems… I had always resorted to the basics… simple calories in vs. calories out to lose weight, BUT that was NOT the case here. There was something bigger at play because I was literally doing everything that I was ‘supposed’ to do.
Meanwhile, my wife was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that effected her thyroid (hashimoto’s) and later, Lyme disease. It was the serendipitous timing of this that made me realize that inflammation might be playing a larger role then I had thought. I’m sure many of you have heard of these diseases, and the scary thing is that they can be affecting you and you might not even know it!
To make a very long story short, I began learning about inflammation, using my resources within the healthcare industry to dive into some heavy research on how inflammation works and how it could be holding my wife and I (and others) from living the lives that we wanted to live. Like so many others, it’s easy to not even realize you’re being held back.
I found that inflammation can cause all kinds of issues in the digestive tract making it so that you’re not absorbing nutrients. This was a HUGE step, because I WAS eating healthy, but I couldn’t lose weight at all! So when I realized that there were specific “health foods” that I was eating that were causing this to happen, it all made sense….
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If you’re not absorbing nutrients, then you body goes into starvation mode and that means that you will store fat! It’s a simple survival mechanism! This was the code that needed to be cracked! I needed to find a way to reduce the activity of the COX-1 enzyme and the production of prostaglandins (a fancy way of saying ‘how inflammation is caused”)
But the difficulty was finding a way to rid my body of the inflammation so that I could begin absorbing nutrients again. And back then, this was a long drawn out process, simply because the science wasn’t really there at the time. Most of us don’t really have the time or the energy to devote to experimenting with different foods to find what works for them.
Well, I did reduce my inflammation, and I was able to get back on track and ultimately become on author on this very topic, but it took a lot of time.
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IMPORTANT: Results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.
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