The 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb saw some incredible racing over the weekend, and during all the excitement Jaguar saw it fit to launch the new F-Pace, in amazing style of course.

The F-Pace made it official South African debut in spectacular fashion as it was dropped of attach to the bottom of a helicopter!

2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb - day 2The F-Pace was mounted to a custom vehicle platform that was rigged via cable. Carrying the entire assembly was a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter, which circled Gasoline Alley and the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb competitor pits allowing thousands of spectators to see the arrival of Jaguar’s first-ever SUV.

2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb - day 2

“The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is the perfect setting for unveiling the anticipated F-Pace. It offers dynamic capabilities and performance synonymous with Jaguar, but also brings a new level of practicality and AWD capability to the brand,” said Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “The F-Pace is the kind of car that you could drive across the country to visit Knysna, and then take on the high-speed twists and turns of the challenging hillclimb road.”

2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb - day 2

Following its aerial arrival, the F-Pace was set down at the top of Simola Road, where local hero, Hollywood actor and Jaguar ambassador Sharlto Copley took the F-Pace for its maiden voyage down the Simola hill. After a photo opportunity in front of spectators, Copley then drove the newest model in Jaguar’s range to its display at the Simola Hotel.

The F-Pace is fitted with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 producing 280 kW, which results in a 0-100 km/h time of just 5.5 seconds.

The Jaguar F-Pace will go on sale in July 2016, with pricing starting at R776 800.

Here is a short clip of the Jaguar F-Pace being unveiled at the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb:

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