We lived with the top of the range P250 AWD Checkered Flag finished in the formerly I-Pace-only striking colour, Photon Red. It reinforced our earlier thoughts about the E-Pace, and the timing could not have been better for our Road Test Editor who was considering a new SUV for his family.
With Checkered Flag exterior side badging and 19 Dark Satin Grey wheels, the special edition vehicle is available in three colours – Photon Red, exclusive to this model, Corris Grey and Yulong White. It also features Checkered Flag treadplates and eye-catching Ebony grained leather with red stitching.
The Checkered Flag E-Pace comes with a comprehensive list of standard features including 10-way heated front seats, a panoramic roof and a 12.3-inch TFT Interactive Driver Display, an R-Dynamic branded steering wheel, black gearshift paddles and an Ebony Morzine headliner.
Checkered Flag’s exterior features R-Dynamic body-coloured bumpers, twin tailpipes and LED headlamps with the signature J-blade plus a Black Exterior Pack. A powered tailgate and keyless entry add further usefulness and convenience. It also comes with automatic high-beam headlights, and a better infotainment system and Meridian audio system.
The E-Pace has a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain, and our's was the 246 hp P250, with a nine-speed automatic transmission attached. The R-Dynamic models, including the Checkered Flag, have torque-vectoring technology for improved handling.
The E-Pace was especially comfortable, absorbed road imperfections and isolated passengers. The ride quality upholds the company's luxury mission. It was recently voted unanimously the most fun to drive in its segment. Its light and precise steering was partially responsible for that title.
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