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Auto Express have been to Los Angeles for a first ride in the new 395bhp all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV

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We sat alongside powertrain programme manager Simon Patel, who tells us that I-Pace has already undergone 1.5 million miles of testing. And although this is a version of the car you'll be able to buy, Jaguar is remaining coy on power output. Reading between the lines, it'll be pretty close (if not identical) to the concept car's 395bhp and 700NM of torque from its 90kWh battery and two electric motors - one on each axle.

From the moment Patel accelerates away from Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard, it's clear this car is production-ready and very quick. It also lets out an infectious whine with the note rising as the car accelerates - not unlike Jaguar's Formula E racer.

"Quite a bit of effort has gone into the noise to avoid something annoying and turning it into something more pleasing," says Patel.

The car runs in four-wheel drive all of the time, but can vary the ratio of power to each axle. And the push-button drive selector offers two modes: one that apes an internal combustion engine's acceleration and cruising, and one that provides more engine braking so you can effectively drive the car on one pedal.

And as Patel sees a gap open up along Rodeo drive, he floors the throttle and we instantly get wedged back into our seat to feel the brutal force of all-electric acceleration - the concept claimed a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds and that feels conservative.
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