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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 – The Best RE!

September 22, 2020 / 0 Comments / 51 / ROAD TEST REVIEWS

Pros:
  1. Undoubtedly, the best Royal Enfield you can buy in India. Period.
  2. It’s one of the most Value for a money cruiser bike. You could drive all day long on the good tarmac and still not get tired
  3. Top-notch quality for a bike of this price bracket has come a long way from the days of the bullet which mark its territory while leaking oil
  4. The gearshift is butter-smooth. Thanks to the light clutch which makes the city riding really effortless
  5. The high-speed stability is fantastic. There was not a single moment of nervousness when pushing the bike around the corners at high speeds
Cons:
  1. The pillion will feel uncomfortable on long rides due to the straight seat
  2. The ride quality could have been significantly better especially at the rear when driven over potholes and broken roads
  3. A small fuel tank of 13 L and a mileage of 21 km/L on an average means you would have to stop frequently for refuel
  4. The instrument cluster feels bare-born. A small multi-information display with at least a clock would have greatly helped
  5. The headlamps could’ve been even better especially the high beam has inconsistent throw at night which isn’t the best for highways

Design 

Not many automotive manufacturers have been successful in maintaining the classic retro look into their modern motorcycles. Fortunately, Royal Enfield is one among them. One look at the interceptor 650 and you know it belongs to the legacy of the renowned Indian motorcycle manufacturer. Although looks are subjective, I would leave it to you To decide if this is the most striking design or anything or did it just fall short of it. Once you look into the eyes of the interceptor 650, You are greeted by the old school halogen headlight when other manufacturers are moving towards fancier LED headlights which would have made it look much smarter. The indicators are neatly placed and for some reason, we felt that the front mud-guard fell short of a length. Moving to the side of it, you are greeted with a large chrome painted fuel tank which instantly grabs the attention. If that’s not enough the black thick strip running across the petrol tank with the Golden strips surrounding it uplifts the premium appeal.  The fuel lid is thoughtfully designed but there were some instances where it did not operate as expected.  Well, some of the enthusiasts would be left craving for a stylish rear, Royal Enfield decided to play safe with the subtle design. You get the conventional tail lamps which are surrounded by indicators which slightly feel old-school, but we aren’t complaining much about it. Blink and you still won’t miss the loud Royal Enfield badging on the petrol tank and the Interceptor tag is placed on the right side, just like every other RE. while the debate would be endless if this is the best looking Royal Enfield, the Indigenous motorcycle manufacturer deserves applause for not going too close to the territory of modernistic motorcycles especially in the design department. Something that they have been known for.

Drivability:

The Royal Enfield Interceptor is a very simple motorcycle. The engine is an all-new 649cc twin-cylinder unit and 270-degree firing order for a lovely twin-cylinder thrum. It has fuel injection and is oil-cooled. At 47PS and 53Nm, it isn’t an outrageously powerful motor that’s stress-free and the engine feels stunning in the feel, sound and the melancholy. Royal Enfield also has a new six-speed gearbox with a slip-assist clutch. Once you start the interception 650 you will be immensely happy with the acceleration provided.  Slot the gear into first And you could feel the brisk acceleration kicking back. The handling is not something to write home about but it’s not disappointing either. The heavyweight of 200+ kilograms makes it Challenging to tackle the obstacles on tough tarmac such as larger potholes. The magic starts when you hit the triple-digit speeds the bike feels very stable. The best part is the bike feels less weighed when you’re cruising on the highway. The low end is fine mid-range is brilliant and punchy. Shutterdrives does not recommend over-speeding, we pushed the bike all the way up to 150 km/h to checks high-speed stability and we were mightily impressed with the behaviour of the bike. It’s not the bike that’s going to drop your jaws When you push it around the corners. Once you slot into the sixth gear that’s when you realise the true potential of this cruiser bike. It shows absolutely no signs of nervousness. We found that the bike did emit warm air when it was taken through the Bangalore’s traffic but its nowhere close to being unbearable.

Braking

Unlike the MRF tires on the other RE’s, the Pirellis on the interceptor do a stupendous job of stopping the 200 kg motorcycle in a very short span of time. But thanks for the hefty kerb weight of the motorcycle, it feels like the bike is having some extra momentum before it completely comes to a standstill. The effort from the engineering team is something to be really appreciated. Really wish, to see the other Royal Enfield motorcycles Being equipped with breaking abilities like this.

Mileage

Having said that, I really wish the efficiency was slightly on an optimistic side or at least a slightly larger fuel tank would have done justice to the cruising segment it belongs to. The circuitous drive of 600 km from Bangalore to Chikmagalur returned an average fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl. The bike was still in the running-in period and we expect the figures to marginally increase post that.

Quality

It’s been 13 years of owning a Royal Enfield Electra 5-speed. It’s incredible to see the way this motorcycle manufacturer has transformed in the last one and a half-decade. The quality of the bike ranging from the switches to the cables to the leavers is very commendable. The front riding position especially the seat is something that looks like time travel back to the era of Rajdoot 350. One thing that we found that was acting finicky was the fuel lid which was a task to open sometimes. The foot-pegs especially in the rear could have been bigger. We loved the Royal Enfield branding on them though.

Ride & Handling:

While this is certainly the best engine that Royal Enfield has produced in its over a century-old history, the overall experience would have been even better if the seating was up to the mark in terms of the overall comfort. This would make long journeys very comfortable for them. On the contrary, it slides down a bit in the rear which makes it uncomfortable for the pillion on long drives. The cushioning is decent enough but having an outright flat design leads to discomfort in terms of thigh and hip support on longer rides. That said, you will need to take a break at least every 150 km. We would love to reiterate the fact that this is one of the most effortless motorcycles in terms of manoeuvring.

The suspension is basic too – right-side-up forks and twin gas-charged rear shocks. Disc brakes at both ends handle the braking and dual-channel ABS is standard. The wheels are aluminium spoked rims running tubed Pirelli SportComp tyres. The biggest let down for us with the Interceptor has been the below-average ride quality on bad roads for the rear passenger, specifically. It’s not as bad as the first-gen Toyota Fortuner, oops, no apple to orange comparisons, but just to give you a vague estimation, it will certainly displace you off the seat and you would certainly be craving for better grip from the seat at least.

Who should buy one?

Buy the Interceptor if:
  • You plan to ride for long hours, ALONE
  • Fuel efficiency isn’t a priority for you but performance is
  • You are okay with occasional niggles creeping up uninvited
  • Don’t intend to ride in claustrophobic traffic for long hours
  • You plan to ride at triple-digit speeds on our wide network of National Highways

We wholeheartedly thank Royal Enfield for bundling a well-engineered package of style, performance and practicality in the form of Interceptor 650. With the asking price of its competitors skyrocketing, the Interceptor feels more value for money than ever before.  If you are still confused whether to bring this lad home, toss the coin. It’s not that the coin will help you to arrive at a conclusive decision, but when the coin’s in the air, you would know what your heart is beating for. Most likely, it would be thumping for you to add it to your garage. If not, Orange is the new black!

Shutterdrives Rating: A well deserved 8/10. 

Hyundai Creta – The Ultimate SUV?

September 19, 2020 / 0 Comments / 109 / ROAD TEST REVIEWS

India loves SUVs. So much that every kid once dreamt of having the Tata Safari in his garage. As that kid grew, he realised that SUVs are an expensive affair. After all, they have an imposing stance and are very practical. Probably, he also realised that he doesn’t need a full size 7-seater SUV that would be challenging to manoeuvre in the city. Hyundai wanted to leverage this and bought the Creta in 2015. Since then it has been a blockbuster success for the Korean car maker. But with the rising competition and panoramic sunroofs being the talk of the town, Hyundai decided to give it a much-needed facelift. Unlike Volkswagen, this facelift is not all about sticker jobs, we have an all-new car.

Will this continue to carry the legacy of the previous Creta or the polarised design will make you head to the nearest KIA showroom? Let’s find out!

Pros:

+ Excellent engine-gearbox combination. Revs beautifully all the way, turbocharger plays a significant role in enhancing the driving experience, the turbo-lag is negligible

+ Feature loaded! Panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, 6 airbags, ventilated seats, LED headlamps, connected car features and everything else you want at 20 lakhs and more

+ Excellent, Theatrical music system is a treat to the ears. Trust me, it beats the Meridian system of the most of the entry-level JLRs which cost 3x which is supposed to be really good

+ Interiors ‘design’ is fantastic. Flat bottom steering wheel, superb speedometer, sporty AC vents loads of cubby holes & storage spaces

+ Extra Length, width and wheelbase than the previous gen means more space inside. Good legroom, under-thigh support and headroom too, wish the rear windows were bigger

+ Ride quality is really good, can’t match the Duster but a lot better than its Mahindra counterpart

+ The 10.25 inch touchscreen system has brilliant responsiveness.It’s also tilted towards the left so that the driver can easily operate. Simply clever. Extremely easy to navigate

Cons:

– Ofcourse, the design. Love it or hate it there is no in between. In our Instagram poll, 44% of them said that the design won’t grow on them over time. It’s a big number for a mass-market car. Also, the alloy wheel in this variant seems more like a wheel cap

– No manual gearbox in turbocharged petrol. A HUGE opportunity missed, a 6 speed MT with a better calibrated steering would have been the perfect small SUV to drive. Why this kolaveri Dii?

– The steering feedback. It’s super light at parking speed, weighs up slightly with speed only in sport mode but even then it’s not precise or direct

– The least you expect after paying 21 lakhs is that all 4 power window switches glow at night, unfortunately only 1 is illuminated. Loads of cost-cutting measures like Hard dashboard plastics, smaller, non-alloy spare tyre, only-driver side request sensor, not a good sign

Exterior:

The new Creta is longer and wider than the previous gen but slightly shorter.

 This has been one of the most controversial design of recent time, love it or you hate it, but you can’t ignore this ferocious design. The front design seems to align with the growing trend of placing the headlamps below and the DRLs on top. The headlamps are LEDs which offer good throw at night, we tested them out in the real-world condition and came out pretty impressed. The turn indicators are integrated with the fog lamps next to the beautifully crafted skid plate. However, the massive grille dominates the real estate in the front.

Moving to the side of the Creta, the thick C pillars finished in silver grabs your attention instantly followed by the alloy wheels which feel slightly out of place for a car of this price bracket. Just as you expect, the mirrors have turn indicators on them. However, I really wished the rear window could have been bigger so that you don’t feel claustrophobic when the turbocharger is taking you places.  Also, only the driver side door gets the request sensor.

 Its not the front that’s polarising, it would eventually grow on you. But things get slightly complicated when you move to the rear. Although looks are subjective, I wouldn’t shy away from calling it an imperfect design. I am not a big fan of the way the LED tail lamps are split. When was the last time you saw the rear stop lamp integrated into the boot of an SUV?

 The cargo space is abundant at 433 litres, but the spare tyre is a non-alloy. That’s totally okay as spare tyres are supposed to be used in an emergency situation only. But what’s surprising is that it’s one inch smaller than the other 4 tyres. Unfortunately, this is the first victim of cost cutting.

 Interior:

When you buy a car, you spend more time inside it than outside. Hyundai knows this and they have been consistently making cars with really good interiors. Unlike the polarising exterior, the interiors are going to be loved by most of us. You definitely feel that you are sitting in a car worth 2 million when you step inside. The all-black cabin in this variant looks premium. But your happiness is short lived when you actually touch and feel the plastics because they are hard, and it steals the luxury feeling from this pocket rocket. This is the second victim of cost cutting.

The quality of switches on the door is good but the problem is only the driver side is backlit. It difficult to spot the other switches when you are driving at night. This is the third victim of cost cutting. The best part about the cabin is the superb steering wheel that feels really good to hold. There are buttons to access the music system controls, cruise controls etc. What makes it special is the paddle shifters on offer. Unfortunately, the steering is adjustable for tilt and not for reach. Thankfully, the speedometer is designed in a beautiful way, just that the tachometer is struggling to accommodate itself in the instrument cluster. Once you turn on the ignition, you are greeted by graphics making you feel like a part of interstellar.

 The quality of interiors is typical European, the plastics used get a soft touch to them and the chrome ascents give it a very premium look. Small yet significant things like addition of red colours make the cabin look sportier than expected. The gear lever seems to be inspired from a Boeing. The practicality of the Creta is taken further with multiple USB ports and a 12v charging socket. You also get the wireless charging option, a feature which was prominent only in luxury cars until recent times. The pedals in this variant are given an aluminium treatment to add a sporty touch to the car. Not to forget, the Creta comes with the start/stop button which is neatly tucked away next to the steering wheel.

 However, One of the super cool feature is the air purifier which displays the quality of air outside and purifies the air in the cabin at the same time. I really wish many more car makers use this in their cars. If they plan to incorporate this in their cars, I hope they position it in the front and not in an awkward place like the arm rest. The dashboard is dominated by a massive 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with android auto and apple car play. You get an inbuilt SIM within the car and that means this is a fully connected vehicle that allows you to do a lot of things, including starting the car, tracking your vehicle’s, location, geo-fencing and pairing it with your smart watch. The touchscreen is sensitive enough so that you don’t have to struggle in navigating through it while driving the car. An interesting bit it that the touchscreen is slightly tilted towards the driver side so that its convenient to operate on the move. Simply clever.

The seats offer great support and the best part is they are ventilated, which means you don’t have to worry about sweating in the scorching Indian summers.

I can read your mind and the anticipation to see the panoramic sunroof, I won’t let you wait further

Hello Blue link, open the sunroof.

The sunroof is absolutely massive. Its electrically retractable and makes the cabin really airy. You would have to fiddle with the controls for a while before getting used to opening it the way you want.

Moving to the rear of the car, it feels kind of claustrophobic, but the sunroof really helps. The legroom is good but scooped out seats would have definitely been better. The headroom is good for a car of this size, the seats offer pretty good under thigh support too. You get the AC vents which here. A large parcel tray means an ample space to store your goodie bags. You also get the rear centre arm rest which has 2 cupholders in it. The rear seats can be split into 60:40 to give you additional boot space for your airport runs.

 

Drive

The test car here is the 1.4 GDI petrol mated to 7 speed DCT. The engine churns out 140 horses and 242 nm of torque. Apart from this you get 13 other permutation and combinations to choose from. But, cars are not smartphones that you could judge them by these numbers on the paper. What’s more important is how does the Crete drive. This is the answer to this lies in this key of happiness. It’s not that I am stereotyping Hyundai’s, but they are known to impress the 80% of the common buyers while leaving the other 20% of enthusiasts gasping for better driving dynamics and that’s the reason, I set my expectations accordingly before I stepped into this car.

The turbocharged motor is eager to be pushed around, especially in the sport mode. The engine feels full of life, there is abundant power available. The best part is you don’t have to wait a lot to extract the maximum torque as its available just at 1500 rpm all the until 3200 rpm.

 The 7 speed DCT gearbox is really quick. Although you have to pay a premium of 1.3 lakhs for the turbocharger, what’s more important is you get this DCT gearbox unlike the old school CVT in the non-turbocharged auto variant. The turbo lag is negligible but there seems to be some sort of miscommunication between the engine and the gearbox as the gears shift earlier than expected. Ironically there is a bit of a jerk when shifting at lower speeds.

If you thought the manual mode or paddle shifters are here to rescue you, probably not. Because after a certain rpm the car upshifts even if you don’t want it to. I am still ok with that because you would buy an automatic to drive it like an automatic but what let me down big time is the steering feedback as it feels feather light.

You get 3 driving modes to choose from. There is a choice between Eco, Comfort and Sport. Eco is for the kitna deti hai where the throttle response is slower apart from reducing the effectiveness of the air conditioner. Sport is the one you want to be in when you want to have fun and enjoy the performance because the gearbox upshifts at a higher rpm. Comfort is a good balance between both these modes. 

 

Ride and Handling

The car is driven on 17-inch alloy wheels. However, the Lower variants get the 16 inch wheels. The ride quality is phenomenal, and the suspension is on the softer side. This also means you really don’t have to crawl in smaller potholes because it absorbs them very well. A light steering and body roll means that it’s not very confidence inspiring to push it around the corners but having said that the straight-line stability at higher speeds is really solid and it effortlessly reaches the ton in just over 10 seconds.

 All 4 wheels are equipped with disc brakes and they do an excellent job of stopping the vehicle from decent speeds to a sand still. I really wish someone from Mahindra drives one someday.

 The fuel tank capacity is 50 litres and you should be able to drive it for 800 km before you need a refill. That said, it would return a fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl in mixed driving conditions.

 

With over 5 lakh Creta’s on road, let’s find out what has been the success mantra for Hyundai Creta in India:

1. TIMING – #hyundai is aggressive in launching cars in India. As soon as they realised that the 5 seater ‘SUV’ market is growing significantly, they left no stone unturned to launch the #creta ASAP

2 BRAND & SERVICE – Hyundai is loved by us since the days of Santro. With an extensive dealer network spread across the country, the 2nd largest car maker has a major advantage over it’s rivals like Kia. They’ve also received the top spot for customer satisfaction in JD power study in 2018 with a score of 848/1000. 55% of them also revealed they would get their car serviced at the dealership after warranty expires

3. STYLING (Old Creta) – Code named as #ix25 the car was ruling hearts in the spy shots across the Globe. It looked more mature than any other ‘SUV’ in that price bracket. A very proportionate design unlike the new model which is polarizing

4. ENGINE-GEARBOX OPTIONS – Manual, Automatic, Petrol and Diesel, it had it all. Also the availability of diesel automatic was a boon. Brands like Jeep who got in the diesel automatic in Compass way too late have lost significant customers to others

5. RESALE VALUE – Creta is pretty dominant in the used car market. Some buyers also consider resale value as one of the parameters while making a purchase. A car with better resale value also means relatively higher ROI

6. SAFETY FEATURES – All variants came with rear parking sensors, dual Airbags and ABS. Period. The higher variants offered rear camera, hill-assist, electronic stability control, static bending lights etc.

7. WONDER WARRANTY – The recently launched flexible warranty of 3 yrs/unlimited km or 4 yrs/60k km or 5 yrs/50k km lets buyers choose it according to thier usage pattern

8. NEW CRETA – Although approx 10% of the sales are from the new model, Hyundai offered (almost) everything the buyer wants. The Panoramic sunroof is enough to play the trump card for most of them. Also, the new model is improved in every possible way, especially in the driving dynamics.

Quick comparision of Creta Vs Seltos:

Advantages of #kiaseltos over #hyundaicreta:

  1. A much proportionately designed car with finer details unlike the love-it-or-hate-it design of the new Creta
  2. Seltos offers the 1.4-litre petrol engine with both a manual and a DCT, whereas the Creta only offers that particular engine with a DCT
  3. Seltos loves to be pushed around the corners(although the steering is still not perfect), the body roll is slightly lesser than Creta. Looses its marks to the ride quality though
  4. No ‘evident’ cost-cutting unlike the hard plastics of the Creta. There is a bit of soft-touch on the interiors of Creta. Both the cars neither get a full size spare tyre nor hydraulic struts for bonnet. Sad.
  5. Some fancy equipments like the heads-up display, front parking sensors and 360 degree camera which actually offer utility. Also, the Seltos gets tilt & telescopic adjustment for the steering while the creta gets the adjustment for tilt only
  6. Neatly laid out instrument cluster. Although the Creta too has a pretty good looking speedometer, it really falls short in the race of tachometer’s unconventional design
  7. one of the best features of the Seltos is its blind spot assist, which uses cameras mounted in the outside rear-view mirrors to project the blind spot on the screen in front of the driver
  8. Seltos gets dual-tone beige interiors which look slightly more plush and premium than the all-black ‘sporty’ interiors of the Creta which probably make slightly more sense for a hot hatch like the Polo, Mini Cooper or Abarth Punto
  9. Much better looking GT line alloy wheels and LED DRLs merging into the grille. On the contrary, the alloys of the Creta Petrol 7 DCT can be mistaken for wheel caps.
  10. Although the OEM for tyres tends to change periodically, the test car of Seltos came with the much grippier set of Michellins than the JK tyres on the Creta

 

Advantages of #hyundaicreta over #kiaseltos:

  1. Firstly, a much larger network of dealership and service centres. For every Kia service centre in India, there are approximately 9 from Hyundai
  2. The middle variants trims of Creta are safer than the respective variants of Seltos with 6 airbags vs 2. Seltos misses out on Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). All variants of Creta get TPMS
  3. Additional equipment level with a massive panoramic sunroof, electronic parking brake with an auto-hold function and of course the paddle-shifters
  4. Negligible turbo lag from the Creta turbo petrol 7 DCT triumphs the slightly noticible lag in the seltos. You can cruise at 100 kmph at 2000rpm vs the 2200rpm in Seltos
  5. Although both are equipped with the same OEM music system vendor, Bose, the sound quality in Creta is miles ahead than the Seltos
  6. For the same engine-gearbox combination, Creta will return 10% more mileage than the Seltos. For sure.
  7. The ride quality offered is definitely better, thanks to the softer suspension but the handling is slightly compromised
  8. Although the touchscreen infotainment system is of same size it is much more user friendly and the responsiveness is amazing
  9. The Creta gets a better driving position, thanks to its higher seat height. You would have complete visibility of the bonnet’s front end

 

Verdict

 Hyundai is one of those manufacturers that does a lot of homework before launching a new product in India. They know what the consumer wants when he is shopping for a car in every segment. The Creta is feature loaded to the brim and more.

 If God asked me what are the 3 features that I aspire for in a 20 lakh car, It would be the panoramic sunroof, wireless charging and a safer car with 6 airbags. The Creta gets all of them. Having said that, I really wish Hyundai had worked on a better steering feedback and not opted for cost cutting measures because at 20 lakhs, it’s not cheap in any way.

 Going back to the question that we started off with – Would you be happy with the polarised design of the Creta or head to the nearest KIA showroom? I would leave that to you because designs are subjective. But if I were you, I would probably wait hoping that the turbo charged variant is also offered with the manual gearbox. Because, replacement for Manual gearbox shall never be found. 

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

August 18, 2020 / 0 Comments / 108 / Upcoming Cars

Mercedes-Benz has commenced bookings of the A-Class Limousine in India at a token amount of Rs 2 lakh. It is expected to be priced from Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be available in petrol, diesel, and AMG variants.

The carmaker took the wraps off the A-Class sedan at Auto Expo 2020. The sedan will replace the previous A-Class hatchback and will slot below the upcoming CLA sedan. Exterior highlights of the A-Class sedan include a front fascia featuring curved surfaces, soft lines, a minimalist grille and air inlets.

Interior highlights consist of a driver’s instrument display in one half and an infotainment system in the other.

In the international market, the A-Class sedan is available with two engine options. The A 200 variant is powered by a 1330cc turbocharged petrol engine that makes 163PS of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A 180 d, on the other hand, gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 116PS and 260Nm, paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Since the A-Class sedan will be a CBU import in the country, we expect the India-spec car to be powered by the same set of petrol and diesel engines.

Mahindra Unveils the All-New Thar

August 17, 2020 / 0 Comments / 141 / Car News

Set to blaze new trails with Quantum Leaps in Performance, Comfort, Technology & Safety

Stays true to its Legendary Off-Roading Capability and Iconic Design

Mumbai, August 15, 2020: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., a part of the $19.4 billion Mahindra Group, today
unveiled the All-New Thar, the most eagerly awaited and legendary SUV, on the occasion of India’s 74 th
Independence Day. In its all-new avatar, the Thar is a quantum leap in terms of performance, everyday
comfort & convenience, technology and safety, as it stays true to its core promise of unmatched off-
roading capability and builds on its iconic design.


Unveiling the All-New Thar, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO, M&M Ltd said, “Today, with the unveil of the
All-New Thar, we rewrite history once again. The All-New Thar is firmly rooted in our rich automotive
heritage and upholds the Mahindra DNA in its purest form. We are proud of our authentic SUV legacy that
has been guarding the freedom of this nation by serving the armed forces since the 1950s, while
simultaneously becoming the spirit of adventure and a lifestyle icon. The All-New Thar is a dynamic
expression of fun, freedom and independence, and is geared up for its next adventure”.
The All-New Thar will not only attract die-hard Thar enthusiasts, but also appeal to all those people who
have always dreamt of owning an iconic vehicle, with all the bells and whistles of a contemporary SUV.

The All-New Thar has the following exciting features:
 All-new BS-6 compliant Engine options: The 2.0 litre mStallion TGDi Petrol engine and the 2.2 litre
mHawk Diesel engine
 New Gearbox options: 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission & 6-speed manual
transmission mated to an authentic manual shift-on-the-fly 4×4 transfer case
 All-new Roof options: A Hard Top, a first-in-class Convertible Top and an optional Soft Top
 All-new Seating options: 4 front-facing seats & 2+4 side-facing seats
 All-new Technology Features: Drizzle resistant 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment system, cruise
control, adventure statistics display and a whole lot more
 All-new Comfort and Convenience Features: Sporty front seats, roof-mounted speakers and lots
more
 New Safety Features: ABS + EBD, Dual airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, Hill-hold and hill
descent control and a whole lot more
According to Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto & Farm Sectors, M&M Ltd., “The All-New Thar
will enhance the appeal of a brand that is already a cult, to a wider set of consumers. It will target people
who seek extraordinary journeys and wish to Explore the Impossible. The All-new Thar will be launched on
2 nd October, 2020 which is also our Founders Day”
Veejay Nakra, CEO, Automotive Division, M&M Ltd. said, “The Thar has represented the spirit of
freedom, thrill and fun-to-drive character that few other vehicles can match. With the All-New Thar, we aim
to protect this legacy with superior performance both on and off the tarmac, advanced technology features,
excellent safety and everyday ride comfort, all adding to the unadulterated driving pleasure of a true-blue
modern SUV.”

Ever since India became a free nation, ‘The Mahindra Classics’ have enabled Indians to explore new worlds
and conquer even the most challenging terrains. For over seven decades now, The Mahindra Classics have
shared a close bond with India’s story and the unveil of the All-New Thar on the momentous occasion of our
country’s Independence Day is a significant milestone in taking this journey ahead.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson, the renowned poet said, “Do not go where the path may lead; Go instead where
there is no path and leave a trail.” The All-New Thar allows you to do just that.
Designed and engineered in India and manufactured out of Mahindra’s Nashik Plant, the All-New Thar will
be available in 6 exciting colours, Red Rage, Mystic Copper, Napoli Black, Aquamarine, Galaxy Grey and
Rocky Beige.
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About the All-New Thar
Evolution of an Iconic Design
The All-New Thar stays true to the iconic 2-door silhouette but adds purposeful and contemporary touches
and design elements to it. With a wider, better-balanced stance and a choice of hard top and convertible
roof top options, the All-New Thar imposes its presence wherever it goes.
This design approach flows into the interiors as well. While retaining the commanding driving position that is
an integral part of the Thar’s DNA, the All-New Thar has a completely redesigned interior that mirrors the
robust, retro-styled cues of the Thar’s exteriors.
 Iconic Design
 LED Daytime Running Lamps
 Dual Tone Bumpers
 LED Tail Lamps
 45.72 cm (R18) Deep Silver Alloy Wheels
 Choice of Three Roof Options: a Hard Top, First-in-Class Manual Convertible Top & a Fixed Soft
Top
 Front Fog Lamps

 All-New Purposeful Interiors with an All-Black theme with Silver Accents
 Faux carbon-fibre detailing around the AC vents & centre bezel

Breathtaking Performance
The All-New Thar is powered by two all-new engines which set new standards in terms of performance,
refinement and reliability. A first for Thar and Mahindra, the All-New Thar is powered by the 2.0L mStallion
TGDi petrol engine, and by the 2.2L mHawk Diesel engine. These engines are offered with a choice of 6-
speed manual transmission or 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, with an authentic 4×4
manual shift transfer case with a low ratio.
· All-New mStallion TGDi Petrol Engine producing 150 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque
· All-New mHawk CRDe Diesel Engine producing 130 bhp of power & 320 Nm of torque
· 6-Speed Manual Transmission & 6-Speed Automatic Transmission options
· Shift-on-the-Fly 4×4 Manual Shift Transfer Case with Low Crawl Ratio

Legendary Off-Road Capability and Refined On-Road Driving Experience
Rough trips demand tough vehicles. That’s why the All-New Thar has been built on a rugged 3 rd Generation
chassis and tested extensively in some of the harshest terrain in India and across the world. It has an all-
new suspension setup that delivers the impossible: better off-roading capability, as well as superior on-road
handling and drive quality. The All-New Thar is also equipped with advanced off-road hardware that
seriously improves its capability to go wherever and do whatever the driver demands of it.
 Authentic Body-on-Frame Construction- A True SUV
 Independent Front Suspension & Multi-Link Rear Suspension set-up
 Shift-on-the-Fly 4×4 Manual Shift Transfer Case with Low Ratio
 Mechanical Locking Differential on the Rear Axle
 First-in-Class Brake Locking Differential
 Class-leading approach (41.8 deg), departure (36.8 deg) & ramp over (27 deg) angles
 Ground clearance of 226mm in unladen condition
 Water wading depth of 650mm
 All-Terrain Tyres 255/65 R18, with White Lettering: The Largest Tyre in its Class
 First-in-Class Electromechanical Driveline Disconnect
Everyday Comfort & Convenience Features

The All-New Thar has been designed to provide amazing comfort & convenience in all driving conditions, be
they off-road, on the highway or in the city. Special focus has been given to making the interior design as
ergonomic as possible for all passengers, not just the driver.
 Sporty Front Seats
 Front-Facing Rear Seats with 50:50 split
 Roof mounted speakers
 Height Adjustable Driver Seat with Adjustable Lumbar Support
 One-Touch Tip & Slide Mechanism on the Co-Driver Seat
 Tilt Adjustable Steering Wheel
 Power Windows
 Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
 Central Locking with Remote Flip Key
Loaded with Technology

Keeping in mind the sporty and adventurous lifestyle of its owners, the All-New Thar is loaded with
technology that keeps drivers connected with the Thar, their surroundings and friends no matter where they
are, through multiple first-in-class features.
 18 cm Touchscreen Infotainment System with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB, Navigation
 First-in-Class Adventure Statistics Display on the Infotainment System
 First-in-Class Adventure Connect: Mahindra Adventure Calendar Display
 First-in-Class Smart Watch & Phone Connectivity with Blue Sense App
 TFT Multi Information Display in the Instrument Cluster
 Electronic HVAC Controls
 Drizzle resistant (IP54 Standard) dashboard switches
 First-in-Class Tyretronics: Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
 First-in-Class Tyre Direction Monitoring System
 Cruise Control
 Steering Mounted Audio & Phone Controls


Excellent Safety Standards
While exploring the impossible, it’s best to stay as safe as possible. That’s why the All-New Thar is
equipped with a excellent range of active & passive safety features to keep all passengers secure and out
of harm’s way. Crash-safety compliant bodyshell
 First-in-Class ESP with Rollover Mitigation
 First-in-Class Built-in Roll-cage with 3-Point Seat belts for all passengers
 Dual Airbags & ABS
 First-in-Class Hill Hold & Hill Descent Control
 First-in-Class ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
 Intellipark: Rear Parking Sensors

ROYAL ENFIELD LAUNCHES SERVICE ON WHEELS

July 30, 2020 / 0 Comments / 158 / Bike News, Uncategorized

New service initiative aimed at safety and convenience

  • 800 units of Service on Wheels motorcycles deployed across dealerships in the country
  • Purpose-built motorcycles that offer authorized, reliable and hassle-free service at doorstep for customers

Bengaluru, July 28, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment (250-750cc) announced the launch and roll-out of Service on Wheels, a new, customer-friendly initiative, aimed at safe, seamless and hassle-free motorcycle service experience to customers at their doorstep. Under this initiative, Royal Enfield has deployed 800 units of purpose built Royal Enfield motorcycles across the dealerships in the country.

Service on Wheels is a fleet of mobile service-ready motorcycles. The Service on Wheels motorcycles are purpose-built, and equipped to carry tools, equipment and spare parts to undertake upto 80% of all typical service and repair requirements at the doorstep of a customer including scheduled maintenance service, minor repairs, critical component testing, parts replacement, electrical diagnosis, and more. Customers can be assured of the quality of service as Service on Wheels will be handled by trained and authorised service technicians equipped with lubes and parts that will have a 12 months warranty. Customers can now book the Service on Wheels by contacting their nearest Royal Enfield dealership outlet.

A fleet of 57 units of ‘Service on Wheels’ motorcycles have been deployed in the state of Karnataka across all its authorized dealership outlets.  

Speaking on the launch of this new initiative, Mr. Lalit Malik, Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Enfield, said, “Customer Satisfaction through Retail and Service Excellence is a huge focus for Royal Enfield. We are committed to constantly enhancing the purchase and ownership experience and the brand interface for the customer. Last year, we launched 600 new Studio Stores to take the brand retail experience all the way to tier II and tier III towns across the country. The recent launch of several service initiatives, and the launch of Service on Wheels today, endeavours to enhance the service experience for the customer in a way that is hassle-free and convenient without compromising on service quality. We will continue to innovate and add value to the overall consumer experience journey through the implementation of various sales and service ideas going forward.”

In addition to Service in Wheels, Royal Enfield offers a slew of initiatives that ensure Contactless Purchase and Service Experience. From easy Home Test Rides, to e-payment options for motorcycle purchase and service, to pick-up and drop facilities, these initiatives aim to ensure maximum safety and convenience for the customer. Royal Enfield’s ‘Ride Sure’ program offers 3 attractive ownership packages for a worry-free motorcycling experience. Customers can opt for an Extended Warranty package of additional 2 years or 20,000 km , over and above the standard warranty. Royal Enfield also offers contactless vehicle servicing with pick-up and drop facilities available at its dealerships.

About Royal Enfield:

The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-sized motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic bikes. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield is able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With more than 40% growth every year for the last 5 years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working towards re-inventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.

 

Royal Enfield’s motorcycle line-up includes the newly launched Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650, powered by a modern 648cc twin cylinder engine. Royal Enfield also manufactures the Classic, Bullet and Thunderbird models in 350cc displacement and the purpose-built Himalayan powered by the new LS410 engine. Royal Enfield operates through 18 company-operated stores and 940 large format stores and 500 studio stores in all major cities and towns in India, and exports to over 50 countries across the world including the USA, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many motorcycling events and rides globally, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the world to the lovely beaches of Goa, and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.

Mercedes-Benz launches the new GLS – The S- Class of SUVs

June 18, 2020 / 1 Comments / 237 / Car News
  • –  Mercedes me Connect App now available with new features. For the first time in India ‘Over the air’ updates in Mercedes me connected cars for existing customers also
  • –  MBUX to show COVID-19 testing centres in the head units across key metros: Another local innovation support by MBRDI

 

Importance of GLS to India: “The GLS completes a decade in India and with more than 6700 units on Indian roads, it undoubtedly remains the most preferred full-size luxury SUV in its segment. The new GLS is the most luxurious SUV on offer from Mercedes-Benz in the Indian market and it will continue to remain an important pillar in Mercedes-Benz’s SUV portfolio.” Martin Schwenk

  •  2010: Start of the GL-Class story in India with the launch of CBU GL-Class
  •  2013: Local production of the GL-Class commenced in India
  •  6700+ GLS’ on road in India till date | This the 3rd generation GLS
  •  Larger than its predecessor (length +77 mm | width +22 mm | wheelbase +60
    mm | + 87 mm legroom for the second row seats)
  •  Key ‘Fit & Healthy’ elements: 5 Zone THERMOTRONIC AC, Tablet for rear
    MBUX operations, Chauffeur package, Active Seat Kinetics: provides energizing pulses for the front row passengers, reducing fatigue during long trips, 64 colour ambient lighting, Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers for a soothing acoustic experience
  •  Available in: diesel 400 d 4MATIC and the petrol 450 4MATIC with a six-cylinder in-line engine | 450 4MATIC petrol is electrified with 48-volt EQ Boost
  •  New GLS with MBUX: Intuitive and versatile operating options such as touch control, contactless control and the optimized AI based voice control system
  •  STAR EASE service packages for the new GLS 450 4MATIC start @ INR 82,100/- and INR 98,800/- for the GLS 450 4MATIC for 2 years/unlimited kilometers
  •  The new Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 d 4MATIC and GLS 450 4MATIC are both priced at INR 99.90 Lacs (all prices are ex-showroom, India, except Kerala)
  •  New features in Mercedes me App: Geo fencing, Vehicle Finder, Remote operation of windows and sunroof

 

Pune: Mercedes-Benz, India’s largest luxury car manufacturer today launched the newest generation of the GLS – popularly referred to as the S-Class of SUVs. The new Mercedes-Benz GLS is the largest and most luxurious SUV from Mercedes-Benz and offers the customer more space, more comfort, more tech, and more luxury. The new GLS features the most cutting-edge technology offered by any SUV on Indian roads and combines luxury with the character of a true off-roader. The interiors of the new GLS combine the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz luxury saloon with progressive detailing of an SUV. The new GLS has a considerably longer wheelbase over its predecessor (3135 mm, an increase of 60 mm), offering more space (87 mm), especially in the second seat row, which can furthermore be adjusted fore and aft.
Martin Schwenk, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India digitally launched the GLS at the company’s Centre of Excellence in Chakan, Pune.

Mr. Schwenk commented, “Combining luxury, comfort, and technology, the Mercedes- Benz GLS is the finest luxury SUV available in the market today. As a full-size seven- seater SUV, the new GLS offers significantly more space and an added legroom for passengers, especially for those in the second row. The GLS is also equipped with the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment system and fully connected via our Mercedes me Connect Services, making it a tech-savvy SUV. The interior of the GLS is a synthesis of modern, luxurious aesthetics, hallmark SUV practicality. In our view, the new GLS is an ideal blend of modern luxury with the characteristics of an off-roader.”

“Mercedes me connect App also gets an all-new user interface and an additional new Service App that offers a seamless online experience. The new Mercedes me App with highly intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. This new App provides a platform to offer new features that are capable of Over the Air updates. We will be shortly rolling-out Geo-fencing, vehicle finder and remote open-close of windows and sunroof.” commented Mr. Schwenk.

“Our colleagues at MBRDI have supported with a local innovation, which now enables all MBUX NTG 6 head units to display COVID Testing Centres in the navigation pane. This innovation underlines how fast Mercedes-Benz can react and help customers using technology. This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune. This has been achieved in association with Map My India.”

Powertrain: petrol engine has integrated starter-generator and EQ Boost

Powerful six-cylinder engines deliver the motoring comfort and effortlessly superior power that suits the characteristics of this luxurious car. However, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC comes with a six-cylinder in-line engine electrified with 48-volt technology and integrated starter-generator (ISG). Its performance data: 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm of torque, with a further 250 Nm of torque and 16 kW/22 hp available. The integrated starter- generator (ISG) is responsible for hybrid functions such as EQ Boost or energy recuperation while allowing fuel savings that were previously reserved for high-voltage hybrid technology.

Aerodynamics: detailed fine-tuning for the best Cd figure in this class

The new GLS achieves cd figures as low as 0.32 – a clear improvement compared with its predecessor (cd 0.35) and an impressively low figure in the large luxury SUV segment.

The excellent aerodynamics help to firstly reduce fuel consumption and secondly limit wind noise, one of the areas on which development work focused specifically.

The new range of engines: powerful efficiency

Specifications

GLS 400 d 4MATIC

GLE 450 4MATIC (EQ Boost)

Cylinders/arrangement

OM 656
BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder

M 256
BS VI In-Line/6 Cylinder

Displacement (cc)

2,925

2,999

Output (kW/hp) Combustion engine

243/330

270/367 (+ 16 kW/22 hp)

Peak torque
Combustion engine (Nm)

700

500 (+ 250 Nm)

0-100 Sprint

6.3

6.2

Safety

  •  Active Park Assist with 360 degree surround view camera
  •  Driver Assistant System: Blind Spot-Assist & Active Brake Assist
  •  9 Airbags
  •  Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR)
  •  Off-road ABS
  •  Car Wash Function

Interior

  •  Expression Interior Package with 64 color ambient lighting
  •  High-gloss anthracite lime wood trim
  •  All new Multifunction sports steering wheel in Nappa leather
  •  Memory Package Front with Seat Kinetics
  •  THERMOTRONIC 5-zone automatic climate control
  •  Rear Comfort Package Plus with extended center console and luxury head
    restraints
  •  Electric sun blinds in the rear doors
  •  Front passenger seat operation from the rear
  •  Electrically adjustable second seat row
  •  Electrically folding seat backrests in second and third seat row with one-touch
    operation
  •  Easy Entry System for third seat row
  •  AIRMATIC Level control for unloading heavy luggage
  •  EASY-PACK tailgate and luggage cover

Telematics and Infotainment:

  •  Burmester® surround sound system
  •  31.2 cm (12.3”) x 2 Widescreen Cockpit with touch
  •  MBUX multimedia system (NTG6) with “Hey Mercedes” and HDD Navigation (3D)
  •  MBUX Interior Assistant – Contactless Gesture Control
  •  Pre-Installation of Rear Seat Entertainment System
  •  Wireless Charging (Front and Rear)
  •  MBUX rear tablet (retractable)
  •  Additional USB ports in the rear
  •  Mercedes me connect

 

  • Connected Car technology with the New GLS:
    Mercedes-Benz India is announcing a new face of its connected car technology with the launch of new GLS. Mercedes Me Connect App gets an all-new user interface and a new Mercedes me Service App that offers seamless Online Appointment Booking. The new interface is sharper and easier to consume and the new map interface comes with colored 3D map layouts. It also has Biometric ID access for unlocking the car. The Mercedes me

App not only looks good but also keeps the customer connected always, regardless of the physical location. The new Mercedes me App with intuitive User Interface is being rolled-out for all Mercedes me connect owners starting 1st July 2020. The consumers only need to upgrade their existing Mmc apps once they receive a notification on their current app.

New Mercedes me Connect features: benefits all existing Mercedes owners

  •  All GLS customers and existing Mercedes customers will receive new and exciting Mmc features OTA
  •  Geofencing: Set a perimeter for the car’s movement and receive notifications
  •  Opening and closing of car windows remotely from anywhere
  •  Vehicle Finder: Enables the car’s horn and flashes the lights.

 


Corona Testing Centres in Navigation System through MBUX:

NTG 6 navigation system with MBUX will now feature Corona Testing Centres as Points of Interest for customers. All Mercedes-Benz Mmc customers can now find out COVID- 19 Testing Centres as POI in the navigation. MBUX will also be able to show the direction to Corona Testing Centers in select cities as a POI.
MBRDI engineers at Bangalore has achieved this breakthrough in association with MapMyIndia, which is a leading service provider of maps.
This data will be available for all the major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The History of Porsche Targa

June 16, 2020 / 0 Comments / 220 / Car News

Named after the Targa Florio

 

With the new concept, Porsche was responding to increased safety requirements for open-top cars in the American market, countering voices calling for cabriolets to be completely banned in the United States. When deciding on a name for the model, consideration was given to race tracks where Porsche has been particularly successful, quickly leading to Targa Florio – the road race in Sicily where Porsche has enjoyed great motorsport success since the mid 1950s. For a short while, “911 Flori” was under discussion, until Head of Domestic Sales Harald Wagner stumbled on the answer by asking the question: “Why don‘t we just call it Targa?” The Italian term also means “number plate”, but legend has it that this only came to light when the copywriters were working on the sales brochure.

 

A range of Targa options for the G series models

 

The Targa also remained a fixture of the product range for the second 911 generation, the G series models built from the late summer of 1973. For the first time, the 911 body was sustainably modified, now featuring new box-shaped bumpers with black bellows on the side, in line with new legislation in the United States. They were able to absorb impacts up to speeds of 8 km/h without any damage to the body. No changes were made to the technical Targa roof design. The visual appearance was modified, however, with the previous durable brushed stainless steel Targa roll bar now also available in black. Even when the 911 SC cabrio was included in the range in January 1983, once again a Porsche that could be driven with a fully open top, the targa remained a fixed constant – even beyond the end of G series production in 1989.

 

Type 964 with 85 percent new parts, but the Targa remains a classic

 

 

As early as the autumn of 1988, Porsche introduced the first all-wheel drive 911 with the 911 Carrera 4 Type 964, making it the third generation of the iconic sports car from Zuffenhausen. Porsche retained the classic body shape of the 911, but underneath about 85 percent of all the parts were new. Just a year later, a variant with classic rear-wheel drive was also available in the form of the 911 Carrera 2, but all three body types could also be ordered: Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa. The 911 Carrera 2 Targa and 911 Carrera 4 Targa, built until 1993, still had the classic Targa roll bar and the removable roof centre section. A total of 87,663 Targa models were built within the first three 911 generations.

 

Departure from the Targa roll bar – glass roof for the 911 Targa Type 993

 

The fourth generation of the 911 Type 993 was introduced in autumn 1993 in combination with a new body design, with the development of a new Targa concept from November 1995. For the first time in the 911, the front wings were wider and significantly flatter. The rear wings were also wider and ran in a straighter line to the rear. As well as extensive enhancements to the engine and chassis, generation 993 took the Targa idea in a completely different direction, without the Targa roll bar. The roof, made of tinted heat-insulating glass, running from the front window frame to the rear, was now encased within a longitudinal safety structure. Divided into electrical moving segments, it opened smoothly at the push of a button and retracted behind the rear window like a wide sliding roof. The main benefits of the new solution included reduced wind noise with a sun-drenched interior when the roof was closed. A continuing characteristic of this Targa: the tapered rear windows. The new Targa concept of the 993 series combined open-top driving pleasure with the 911 for the first time, without fundamentally changing the classic coupé roofline.

911 Targa Type 996 – a new rear lid for the Targa

 

Porsche presented the fifth 911 generation with the 911 Carrera Type 996 in 1997. It was completely redesigned and relied on water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engines for the first time. The Targa was available from December 2001 alongside the Coupé and Cabriolet. Just like its predecessor, the 911 Targa had an electrically operated glass roof, now with a surface area of more than 1.5 square metres. There had never before been that much glass surface area in a Porsche 911. The new Targa was also the first 911 to provide a rear window that could be folded up. This made it easy to access the rear storage compartment with up to 230 litres storage space to load suitcases, bags or other luggage.

911 Targa 4/4S Type 997 – lighter glass and two variants for the first time

 

September 2006 saw the introduction of the 911 Targa belonging to the now sixth 911 generation, type 997. In principle, it had the same Targa roof design as its predecessor, but with an additional practical rear lid. However, the use of special glass made it possible to reduce the weight by 1.9 kg, and two high-gloss polished aluminium strips along the edges of the roof were especially eye-catching. In addition, the 911 Targa was now only available in the two all-wheel drive variants – the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S.

911 Targa Type 991 – the return of the legendary Targa roll bar

 

In September 2011, Porsche introduced the seventh and fully redesigned 911 generation. Following the coupé and cabriolet body variants, the 911 Targa was presented in January 2014, cast as a modern classic with its innovative Targa roof. The classic Targa idea was successfully combined with state-of-the-art roof convenience for the first time. Just like the legendary original Targa, the new model had the characteristic wide bar in place of B-pillars, a moving roof section above the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without a C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof was opened and closed in the new Targa at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system spectacularly hid the hardtop element behind the rear seat system. The new 911 Targa represented a high-end, innovative new edition of the 1965 classic.

 

2020: Heritage design – Historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology . The new model is available to order now and only 992 examples will be built,

Triumph Motorcycles launches Black editions of Bonneville T100 and T120

June 16, 2020 / 0 Comments / 212 / Bike News

 The T100 Black and T120 Black are inspired by the legendary 1959 Bonneville,
incorporating more of the original’s iconic DNA. Both with a significantly higher level of
finish, beautifully authentic detailing and standard of equipment set a new benchmark
in classic motorcycles.
 Both the motorcycles are built to enhance the iconic Bonneville character in addition to
timeless styling and modern capabilities.
 Bonneville T100 Black and T120 Black are launched at an introductory price of INR
8,87,400 lac (ex-showroom) and INR 9,97,600 lac (ex-showroom) respectively

Triumph Motorcycles, the iconic British premium brand launched
the all-new Black Editions of its popular Bonneville T100 and T120 today in India. Like the
iconic original Bonneville T120 and the T100 that enjoyed global success thanks to its heart-
stopping looks and game-changing performance, the new Bonneville T100 and T120 Black are
perfectly in tune with today’s desire for authenticity, character and capability. The T100 and
T120 Black are the latest additions to the contemporary Bonneville range in India, each one
built to enhance the iconic Bonneville character and to satisfy today’s demand for bikes that
combine timeless style with modern capabilities.
The classically styled motorcycles are inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville; T100 and T120
Black each have their own distinctive character, enhanced by the premium finishes and
signature touches of a genuine motorcycle icon. The Bonneville T100 Black is available in two
moody and sophisticated paint schemes – Jet Black & Matt Black while The T120 Black is
available in Jet Black & Matt Graphite.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shoeb Farooq, Business Head – Triumph Motorcycles India
said: “We are excited to introduce the new members of our Bonneville range in India. The T100
Black and T120 Black have taken forward the heritage of the Bonneville family with classic
design and modern capabilities. The Black Editions are a tribute to the legendary 1959
Bonneville and incorporate the styling and character of the Bonneville DNA. Both the
motorcycles are being offered with Triumph Motorcycles’ custom accessory range and the
riders can choose from more than 150 high-quality accessories to make their Bonneville T100
Black and T120 Black customized to reflect their personality.”

Modern Capability
The Bonneville T100 and T120 Black set a new standard of capability in modern classics, with a
wealth of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced control, safety and enhanced rider
confidence – integrated sensitively and without compromise to maintain the authentic
Bonneville style and character.

Original styling
Bonneville T100
Along with all the quality enhancements offered on the T100, the T100 Black boasts even more
style and sophistication featuring fully black components including wheel rims, a twin skin
peashooter exhaust in a matt black finish and blacked out engine covers for a truly unique look.
Bonneville T120
With all the character, detailing and finish of the T120, the new Bonneville T120 Black brings
even more style and attitude – with a sophisticated dark brown seat and all-black detailing,
including: black rims, grab rail, exhaust and engine finish.

The engine profile has been beautifully crafted to incorporate key heritage styling cues from the
legendary 60's Bonneville bikes, sensitively incorporating contemporary components to
maintain that iconic engine silhouette. The finish has also been taken to a new high standard,
black engine covers with machined aluminium detailing on the T120 Black.

Relaxed Handling & Accessibility
Bonneville T100 Black: The new chassis and suspension set-up which significantly enhances
comfort levels for the rider giving a better overall riding experience whether for long-distance
journeys, everyday use, or with a pillion. The T100 Black has cartridge front forks and a longer
rear suspension unit that work together to offer the rider an engaging yet easy-going riding
experience. The combination of low seat height and relaxed riding stance make the T100 Black
more accessible and easier to ride.

Bonneville T120 Black: Triumph Motorcycles developed an all-new chassis and suspension
set-up combining the brand’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility, and stability with a
more comfortable seat and greater suspension travel for an engaging, yet easy-going ride. The
motorcycle also offers heated grips as standard for maximum comfort and real-world
practicality.

Capable Modern Classics
The iconic styling is matched with modern capabilities including rider focussed technology for
maximum comfort, safety, and practicality.
Bonneville T100 Black:
Ride-by-Wire Delivering enhanced rideability, feel, safety, and control, from a

single throttle body.

ABS The latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new
level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with
minimal visual impact.

Switchable Traction
Control

Switchable traction control via the instrument menu helps to
maximize rider safety and comfort.

Torque Assist Clutch Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a
lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and

for longer.

LED Rear Light Incorporated into the classic design, it creates a distinctive light
pattern with enhanced power efficiency and excellent visibility.
Engine Immobiliser Thatcham approved immobilizer incorporated into new key with

high-value Triumph badge.

USB Charging Socket Mounted underneath the seat for convenient charging of essential

devices.

Stylish Twin Clocks Feature-packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) cleverly
incorporating a digital menu system for fingertip control while
riding.
 Gear position indicator
 Odometer
 Two trip settings
 Service indicator
 Range to empty
 Fuel level
 Average and current fuel consumption
 Clock
 Traction control settings

Bonneville T120 Black:
 ABS
 Ride-by-Wire
 Traction control
 Two rider modes – Road & Rain for maximum control and safety
 Torque assist clutch
 LED DRLs and rear light
 Heated grips
 USB charge socket
 Engine immobilizer
 Stylish twin clocks with heated grips setting and rider mode setting
Custom Accessory Range
Both the motorcycles are built to stand out in the crowd and with Triumph Motorcycles’ custom
accessory range, customers can make them more distinctive and personal.
Custom accessories for T100 Black include heated grips, a center stand and grab rail and cruise
control and stunning range of premium luggage options.

The T120 Black is being offered with a garage full of custom inspired parts including:
Vance & Hines chrome peashooter style slip-on silencers, beautifully stitched seats, chrome
clutch, alternator, and throttle body embellishers and an authentic 4-bar Triumph tank badge.
Customers can now save the customization of their favourite Bonneville on the Triumph India
website and send it directly to the dealer, allowing them to pick their personally customized
motorcycle during delivery. Triumph motorcycles India is currently offering home test ride and
home deliveries of motorcycles in states where the lockdown has eased; opening dealership
with all safety operating procedures in place.
Specification

Bonneville T100 Black Bonneville T120 Black

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 8 valve
SOHC, 270° crank angle
parallel twin

Liquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC,
270° crank angle parallel
twin
Capacity 900cc 1200cc
Bore/Stroke 84.6mm x 80mm 97.6mm x 80mm
Compression Ratio 10.55:1 10.0:1
Maximum Power 55 PS / 54 HP (40.5kW) @

5900 rpm

80 PS/ 79 Bhp (59 kW) @
6250 rpm

Maximum Torque 80Nm @ 3200 rpm 107 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential
electronic fuel injection

Multipoint sequential
electronic fuel injection

Exhaust Black 2 into 2 exhaust system
with twin black silencers

Black 2 into 2 exhaust system
with twin black silencers

Final drive X ring chain X ring chain
Clutch Torque assist. Wet, multi-
plate. Cable-operated

Wet, multi-plate assist clutch

Gearbox 5-speed 6-speed

 

KTM 390 Adventure – The Ultimate Affordable Tourer

June 8, 2020 / 0 Comments / 360 / ROAD TEST REVIEWS, Uncategorized

Hello! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times.

It was the year 2012, in the middle of the chilling Indian winter, an Austrian Motorcycle manufacturer decided to enter the Indian subcontinent. I could bet my life’s earnings on it, the Austrians never dreamt that the Orange army would create a storm in the nation with the most number of motorcycles in the World. This isn’t an easy task by no means, you were competing with the likes of Bajaj, TVS, Hero motorcycles who have been a part of this lucrative, challenging and the most dynamic automotive market on this Planet since decades.

But, what would it take to set the cash registers ringing for Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen ?

A bike that the nation wants. This was answered in the form of the KTM Duke 200 and a more powerful 390 cc version of it was introduced later. For the track enthusiasts, KTM fulfilled their wishes in the form of its RC variant. 

B. U. T !!

The Indian sub-continent lacked a capable yet affordable adventure tourer since a long time. We have the RE Himalayan which is priced at 2 lakhs and we have the Triumph tiger costing 7 times more, and this orange lad is here to fill this most anticipated gap! The XPulse 200 fi is shipped as an amazingly VFM product. But, is this the best affordable adventure tourer we have been waiting for? Let’s find out.

    

My 2 cents on the KTM 390 Adventure:
Pros:
1. A near-perfect ‘adventure tourer’ at a ‘relatively’ affordable price of 3.8 lakhs, on-road Bangalore. You can effortlessly cruise all day long at decent highway speed, thanks to superb seat, wider handle, 43 bhp and 32nm of Torque
2. Brilliant styling and feature loaded: LED Headlight, DRLs, Claw-like foot-pegs, 5 inch MID to connect your phone for calls/music, 12V charger, option to connect Navigation etc
3. Top notch quality everywhere. The stacks, the body shell, the switches feel very premium and that’s the primary reason why you would be floored to pay 3.8 lakhs for this tourer
4. The 320mm and 230mm discs do an excellent job of stopping this 177 kg tourer. Mahindra should seriously hire their brake engineer for their cars
5. Ride quality is brilliant. It ate Bangalore’s potholes and massive craters for breakfast.
The suspension travel could have been slightly better for off-roading
Cons:
1. The engine comes to life in the mid-range, at lower rpms in the Adv doesn’t do justice to numbers on paper. Honestly, this is needed in off-roading when you need a lot of grunt in lower range. That’s why diesel 4×4 outperforms it’s petrol counterpart in off-roading.
2. The grip offered on tyres could have been better for off-roading, especially slush, which would be encountered more than often. They do a good job on the tarmac though.
3. At 855 mm, the seat is tall. This will disappoint a lot of prospective buyers. 
4. Quick shifter (shifting gears without clutch) needs some fixes. It’s hard while shifting to 2nd & 3rd. This being an adventure focussed bike and not a track machine, we give it a benefit of doubt
5. Spoke wheels should have at-least been an option. You’ll miss them while driving over rough terrains as they can brace the impact better

Exterior:

Look straight into the eyes of the adventure and you would be spellbound by the brilliantly crafted LED headlight with DRLs surrounding it very neatly with the KTM badging. The LED indicators go very well with the sleek and stylish language of this bike. The windshield is adjustable and apart from looking super cool, it does wonders in reducing the wind noise at high speed.

The front wheels are 19 inch unlike the 17 inch of the Duke 390, the suspension travel in the front is increased to 170 mm in the front and 177 mm in the rear, of course to make you much more comfortable when you are bouncing on the rocks. The radiator is curved, apart from this being aesthetically nice, it does a really good job of preventing hot air reaching the riders legs and prevents the accumulation of dust in the engine bay.

Moving to the side of the orange lad, you are greeted by a superb design of the fuel tank that narrows down towards you making it ergonomic for congested manoeuvring in off-road situations. At 14.5 L, this is the biggest fuel tank on any KTM in India. There is a super slim exhaust that looks kind of nice. In case you forget which motorcycle you are riding, the adventure branding is here to remind you. The treatment on the foot pegs is changed to giving it a claw like design and the rubber can be removed to offer better grip which is very critical in offloading. What’s interesting is the gear lever has a spring action to minimise the damage if the bike falls. The engine guard is made of plastic, KTM went overboard and offered the engine guard and saree right from the showroom. The grab rails are definitely one of the best I have seen in recent times. Just like the headlight, the tail lamps are LED too. The only incompetency in the design of this adventure tourer seems to be the massive seat height of 855mm which will disappoint a good number of prospective buyers walking into the showroom.

The wide handle bar makes the 390 adventure a very comfortable motorcycle, however tall riders would prefer a taller hand bar which would make it easier to stand and ride during off-roading. The quality of stacks are topnotch and they are backlit. The centre of attraction seems to be the 5 inch touchscreen infotainment system that displays information  like the status of ABS, TC, Trip details etc. However, the best part of it is the ‘my ride app’ that lets you connect your smartphone to the bike and make/receive calls, play music etc. That’s super cool.

Technically, KTM did a heart transplant to the 390 adventure from the duke 390, the engine is borrowed pumping out the same 43 bhp & 37 nm of torque. But the small yet significant changes like a longer swing arm has increased the wheelbase by a massive 73mm making the seats much larger and a lengthier bike. Although, a significant number of other parts like the side panels, windscreen, display, seating, and GPS mount are a close match to the 790, just in a miniature package.

How does this KTM ride?

Turn on the key and you are greeted by the ready to race message. Start the bike and the engine note is a typical KTM. The only major issue I have about the 390 adventure is the absence of wow factor in the lower rpms. Its only during the mid range that the engine comes to full life and just pushes you back, thanks to intertia.

What’s important to note that you can shift the gears without a clutch, thanks to the quick shifter. The shift from first to second is a slight struggle but going forward things are much easier.

Once you hit the sweet spot of 6000 rpm the bike feels extremely lively and as you increase the speed its well balanced and you would fall in love with its riding dynamics, thanks to the adjustable windscreen, the wind noise is fairly controlled. Beyond 9000 rpm is when the party comes to a halt as slight vibrations are felt between the petrol tank and the seat.

The ride quality is phenomenal. The 390 adventure ate Bangalore’s potholes and craters for breakfast. There was not a single moment where I felt the ride quality should have been better.

But, ain’t it supposed to be an off-roader?

A massive ground clearance of 200 mm ensures that the underbelly never kisses the ground during off-roading, no matter what. The ABS and TC can be turned off to help the wheels spin in tricky off-road situations. Having said that, this is not the best off-road bike your money could buy mainly due to the absence of low end grunt which is very important when you aren’t on a smoother tarmac. For your reference, a diesel 4×4 outperforms its petrol counterpart in offloading due to the additional torque available in lower range. The inconsistent power drops by the traction control is not very encouraging, even when you turn it off. We strongly recommend that you lower the tyre pressure when you are off-roading, especially with these tyres. However, an absence of optional spoke wheels and a massive seat heigh dilute the spirits of the rider. 

Braking

I wouldn’t shy away from calling it Absolutely phenomenal. The 320 mm disc brakes in the front and 230 mm at the rear do a great job in bringing this orange lad weighing 177 kg from 100 kmph to a stand still. Apart from the discs, the ABS does a fantastic job of controlling the bike in severe braking conditions. However, we strongly recommend you to turn-off the ABS while you venture out off-roading as wheel spin becomes all the necessary. 

Ergonomics

The claw-like foot-peg detaches the rubber optionally:

One of the main reasons why I would spend my three-and-a-half big ones on this Austrian motorcycle maker is due too the brilliant ergonomics on offer barring the seat height. The switches are easily accessible, the foot-pegs are detachable, the handle bar is now wider, the fuel tank is slimmer towards the rider, the coolant is moved backwards, the windshield is adjustable and more importantly the 5-inch TFT is very very easy to use unlike the complex infotainment systems of some of the expensive counterparts.

Kitna Deti hai?

While this universal question might not be your priority when you enter the nearest dealership to book this orange lad, money saved is money earned. The KTM 390 Adv returned a fuel efficiency of 24 kmpl which included riding in city traffic, mild off-roading and cruising on the expensive toll roads.

Should You Buy One?

Should you spend your 3.8 lakhs on a KTM or head to the nearest RE showroom? Honestly, this is an easy decision. If you plan to take your motorcycle off-roading often, the Himalayan is the best bet because of its low end grunt. But, If you want an adventure tourer with top notch quality to cruise all day long happily, then, Orange is the new black. This bike ticks most of the boxes right, in-fact essential and critical boxes. Having said that, some minor fixes in the electronics like the traction control stability, slightly lower seat height and an option of spoke wheels can definitely spike the number of copies sold by at-least a substantial quarter.

Take care and Ride safe.

Honda City

April 21, 2020 / 0 Comments / 344 / Upcoming Cars
hondaq

Previously, the City was spotted testing undisguised in India for the first time. It looks largely similar to the international-spec model with sleek split LED tail lamps, a revised tailgate and new bumpers. The City also gets India-specific changes like the new alloy wheel design. Inside, the India-spec City will come with a black-beige interior. The dashboard is expected to be similar to the international-spec model with a minimalist layout. We also expect Honda to add more piano black and aluminium inserts to uplift the ambience.

Details about the petrol variants of the 2020 Honda City have emerged ahead of its March 16 India reveal. The 2020 Honda City petrol will be offered in three variants: V, VX and ZX. It’ll continue to utilise Honda’s tried and tested BS6-compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The document reveals that this motor develops 121PS of power, 2PS more than the current City’s engine. The petrol City will be offered with a manual transmission and CVT options. Honda will offer the CVT unit on all three variants. Prices for the 2020 City are expected to start above the current model (Rs 9.91 lakh, ex-showroom). The 2020 Honda City will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento BS6, Hyundai Verna 2020, Toyota Yaris and the upcoming Skoda Rapid TSI.

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