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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Suzuki Hayabusa vs kawasaki zx 14r

Suzuki Hayabusa vs kawasaki zx 14r

Audi RS Q3 Concept

Audi RS Q3 Concept

 Audi RS Q3 Concept that packs in a five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 360PS of power.
The interiors of the Audi RS Q3 Concept like in all RS models are predominantly black in colour. The black is offset by dark blue alacantra bits within the leather seats and door trims.
 The insides of the RS Q3 Concept have been have been littered with ‘RS’ badges on the instrument cluster, seatbacks, door sills and on the floor mats.
 Although the RS Q3 is a concept, it is a fully functioning one. The RS Q3 goes from 0-100km/h in a brisk 5.2 seconds and its top whack is pegged at 264km/h.

New Porsche Cayenne 2013

Porche's 420 horsepower 2013 Cayenne GTS 

Jeep Wrangler Dragon Concept

Jeep Wrangler Dragon Concept


There surely is one for everyone as Jeep shows off the Wrangler Dragon Concept specifically for the Chinese market at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
     China has grown to be one the biggest automotive markets in recent times and over the years manufacturers have acknowledged that fact and shown gratitude by bringing out special editions for the most populated country on the planet. Jeep has just joined that list with the superiorly attractive and perfectly Oriental Wrangler Dragon Concept – a creation that celebrates the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar. Essentially, this concept is based on a China-market Wrangler painted black with a body-coloured three-piece hard top. Embellishing the base tone is a barrage of bronze-gold details including a tone-on-tone dragon decal that starts on the hood and runs down the driver's side of the vehicle – paint jobs don’t get much cooler than that!
Jeep Wrangler Dragon SE
There is also a dragon motif on a unique carbon-fiber insulator mounted under the hood and on the gloss-black spare tyre cover. Mopar, the performance arm for Chrysler has lent its touch too with a custom fuel-filler door and a blacked out LED exterior lighting package that features aftermarket projector headlamps, fog lamps, turn lamps and tail lamps. Unique 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are matte black with a bronze-gold outer edge and feature 35-inch off-road rubber. Other bronze-gold touches include a pad-printed engine cover, and a Chinese dragon character side badge. 
The black and bronze-gold theme continues inside with black leather seats and regal bronze-gold accent piping and stitching. Magic Wand metallic leather is on the side bolsters and the sides of the head restraints, while a laser-etched dragon pattern is on the face of the head restraints. Other interior touches include high-gloss piano black instrument panel bezels, bronze-gold accent trim on the steering wheel spokes, the instrument cluster, passenger-side dashboard grab handle and door handles as well as dragon tags on the front and rear floor mats.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

New PULSAR 200 NS 20-12

The most awaited motorcycle of 2012 and one that will set the course of Indian motorcycling for the next decade to come, the all-new Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has made its grand arrival. Expected to be priced under a lakh of rupees (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Pulsar 200NS is as good as it gets! Head to our special coverage of the new Pulsar!


 India’s second largest bike-maker Bajaj Auto took the wraps off the next-generation Pulsar today in Mumbai. Revolutionary, radical and realistic, the new Pulsar 200NS (the NS denoting Naked Sports) will be the successor to the country’s highest sold performance motorcycle, the Pulsar. After completing a successful decade long stint and crossing the esteemed milestone of selling over 4 million Pulsars, Bajaj Auto is geared to make its second innings an even bigger success with the new Pulsar and it has all the right weaponry in its arsenal to take on the premium motorcycle market in the country once again.


Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and world class level of components, the brand new Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is entirely engineered by Bajaj Auto and it is a marvel how its maker has managed to package the best of everything into one motorcycle without demanding a hefty premium for it. Powered by a 199.5cc 4-valve, liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, the Pulsar 200NS achieves the goal of more from less in an absolute modest fashion yet rewarding the rider with all the jollies he desires.

Fed by a 33mm Mikuni carburetor, the engine pumps out 23.52PS at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. Developed in-house by Bajaj Auto, the new Pulsar once again comes with ground-breaking of triple spark plug for improved efficiency without having to compromise on overall performance.

It is incredible how Bajaj Auto has managed to get absolutely every single aspect of performance (Read: First Ride)  motorcycling for the street so right. But when you trace the Pulsar’s development over past ten years, the picture becomes a lot clearer with consistent updates every year, an R&D division that is always on its toes yearning for a faster and quicker Pulsar, teams dedicated to get feedback from online biking forums and motorcycle blogs and to top it all, a visionary like Rajiv Bajaj heading the operation.

This is exactly what millions of Indian bikers and countless Pulsarmaniacs have been expecting from the bike-maker that brought power to the people a decade ago (Read : Ten Years of Pulsar) in the form of the Bajaj Pulsar. And in its newest avatar, it pays a fitting homage to the icon that the Pulsar brand has become over the past ten years and one that will continue to reign supreme for the coming ten years as well.

The new Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is expected to hit the roads by April 2012 but the price for the motorcycle is yet to be disclosed. Although it is expected that the price will be on the higher side of the current out-going Pulsar 220F DTSi, the company has clearly stated at the unveil of the bike in Mumbai that the price will be under the one lakh rupee range.


Sunday, 25 September 2011

Renault is planing to capture market with new range of SUV's DUSTER & KOLEOS

Renault is planing to capture market with new range of SUV's DUSTER & KOLEOS

A first look at the vehicle tells you Renault has definitely got the styling right. And now, the Duster is all set to be the third offering from Renault after the Logan and the recently launched Fluence.

Bigger has always been better, and when it comes to SUV’s in India, this especially holds true. The Indian SUV market at the moment is pretty chockablock with entries from almost all manufacturers. The range varies from, the little Premiere Rio (that is if one can call it an SUV) starting at five odd lakh rupees to the big daddies which include the Range Rovers and the Landcruisers that retail in crores. But between all these, there is one market which is relatively quite nascent and that is the entry level SUV segment. 

For years it’s been a fight between the ubiquitous Tata safari and the current best seller, the Mahindra Scorpio which are both pretty good vehicles in their own right. But not anymore. Coming to take the fight to them soon is the Dacia Duster. If the brand doesn’t ring a bell yet, it’s the same company that also makes the Dacia Logan, aka the Renault Logan aka the Mahindra Verito. The Duster however is all set to be the third offering from Renault after the Logan and the recently launched Fluence.

A first look at the vehicle tells you Renault has definitely got the styling right. The proportions are just right and with a length of 4.31 metres and width at 1.82 metres, the Duster feels neither to cumbersome around town and at the same time is big enough to make its presence felt. The Duster is unmistakably 4x4 and from the front thanks to the imposing lines of the chrome grille and the sump guard. Seen from the side, the high ground clearance, clearly defined wheelarches and protective mouldings encourage the driver to tackle even the toughest roads and tracks. Although built on the Logan platform, ground clearance has been increased to a purposeful 210mm and wheelbase has been stretched too by 43mm and is also longer overall (25mm).

Powering the Duster, is the same 1.5 litre diesel mill that powered the Logan and is also powering the Fluence albeit in a more powerful state of tune. The Duster is also expected to push out about 108 PS and close to 240 Nm of torque. Now that is not much considering its rivals have a considerable horsepower advantage. But the ace up the Dusters sleeve is its kerb weight. At close to 1205 kg its bulk is closer to sedans rather than SUV’s and as a result, expect the Duster to pretty much match the competition as far as performance is concerned. Anything in the range of Rs. 7-8 lakh will make sure this Renault dusts off the competition.

Now Here Comes the all new KOLEOS by RENAULT with very nice features.

Now the Koleos isn’t an all new car. It’s been around in the international markets since 2008. However the car that you see in the pictures is the updated 2012 model. It’s a good thing that we get the new car since the predecessor wasn’t too much too look at. The new car though while not being the most handsome SUV, isn’t too bad to look at. The dimensions are just right and the Koleos is big enough to make its presence felt and at the same time compact enough to not feel cumbersome driving around town. The big grille along with upswept head lights looks like the Koleos has got just the right dose of botox. The skid plates at the front and rear add a touch of butch-ness to the otherwise pretty conservative stance of the Koleos.

Open the door and the first thing that strikes you is “Bose” written on the door sill. While that would want you to believe that there is a Bose system in the car, but we couldn’t fathom why would you want the audio systems name on the door sills and not to mention on the front fender as well. But a quick chat with Marc Nassif, MD-Renault India led us to believe that this is indeed the Renault Koleos Bose edition.

Slip into the driver’s seat you find yourself in a typical high perched driving position which is common is SUV’s. The steering wheel feels great and quality of materials is brilliant. We specially loved the soft touch dashboard materials and the fake carbon fibre panels. It’s quite roomy at the back as well, but considering the Koleos is a five seater and not a seven, legroom is pretty average at best. The seat back tables which otherwise serve well, make for a pretty hard surface resting against the rear passengers knee in case the driver/co-driver seat is slid all the way to the back. As far as luxury and flexibility is concerned, the Koleos has it covered. Dual zone a/c, leather all over, rear a/c vent with separate blowers, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, parking sensors and then some. But the best bit is the Bose audio system. The 8-speaker will simply blow your socks off. The high fidelity system reproduces some amazing acoustics no matter what song you play. The best in-car entertainment system in its segment for sure.

Good music in the background and a brilliant blacktop beneath us, the Koleos was being pushed petty hard but it was upto the task. With 150 PS and 320 Nm from the 2.0 litre dCi oilburner coupled with an all mode 4x4-i system, the Koleos had the grunt and the grip to make it an enjoyable drive, no matter how the conditions were. Even around the corners, the car held up pretty good despite its tall stance.

But the revelation was the ride quality. Throw anything at it, but the Koleos takes everything in its stride with aplomb. The last section of the journey barely had any roads and the Koleos just went through it without any problems or juggling the heavy lunch we had eaten. With a ground clearance of 206 mm and the 4x4 transmission the Koleos should be pretty capable off the road as well, but that we shall only find out once we fully test the vehicle. The only fly in this otherwise pretty good ointment is the gearbox. The 6-speed auto box is a bit slow and left hunting for the right gear whenever you need to shoot past that truck or slow moving rickshaw. A 6-speed manual would definitely make the Koleos an even more entertaining drive.

The Koleos then comes across as a pretty impressive offering from Renault. While it may not spring a surprise in any department, it seems to be quite a sensible product from a sensible manufacturer. For the moment, the Koleos will be available only in one fully loaded variant as Renault wants to showcase its very best. And it is indeed loaded with almost all the creature comfort one could ask for. But is it worth the Rs. 22.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi price tag especially amongst such established competition

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Lamborghini 'Super Trofeo Stradale'

The Trofeo Stradale is 70 kilograms lighter than the previous LP560-4, and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and clocks 200 km/h just 10.4 seconds later.
We all thought the Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera  is the most intense of the LP570 series, until the president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, Stephan Winkelmann, unveiled the most extreme Gallardo ever; the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale which took the audience by surprise at the Volkswagen Group Night in Frankfurt.

This new and most extreme top model in the Gallardo lineup is based on the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, one of the world's fastest single make series. The car will be produced in a limited run of 150 numbered units.

Think about extreme race-prepped road-legal cars, the image you perceive in your mind would probably match the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale with the "Rosso Mars" paint scheme. The two massive carbon fiber air intakes up front just paint a fanatic picture of how wild the performance is, with a defined measure of calculated extreme handling and driver authority.

The rear spoiler is an enormous, lightweight carbon fiber construction that can be adjusted manually. This spoiler offers greater aerodynamic stability which is said to offer three times the downforce as compared to the Gallardo LP560-4, which in turn helps increase stability during tight, high-speed driving. The Trofeo Stradale is 70 kilograms lighter than the previous LP560-4, which provides a stunning power to weight ratio of  2.35 kilograms per HP for breathtaking performance. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds and clocks 200 km/h just 10.4 seconds later. The top speed achieved by the Stradale is 320 km/h.


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