‘IN SOME WAYS IT IS A LITTLE easier to make a new supercar today with electric technology. What is challenging from an engineering perspective is putting the average user in mind – who’ll get in, start up and drive at whatever speed for as long as they want to drive. That’s the challenge: range versus weight. Developing an electric vehicle is more straightforward, though, without spending tens of millions developing an engine.’ Continue reading “Is Vanda The Leader Of Electrically Powered Supercars?”
The 150cc commuter segment is a confusing place, it’s easy to mistake one motorcycle for the other here. A Hero could be a Honda could be a Hero. And when Bajaj came into this confusion with the V15, people took notice. Of course, the INS Vikrant connection helped too. So much so that since its launch in early 2016, Bajaj has managed to roll out close to 20,000 units of the V15. But never one to sit idle, Bajaj has decided to apply the same formula to the 125cc commuter and has come up with this – the oddball-shaped, kilometre muncher V12. Continue reading ” Bajaj V12 May Be Small But Has Plenty Of Power”
Why are you comparing a 125 to a 150?
Convenience, practicality, low running costs and fun come standard with the New Suzuki Access 125. When we rode it, we knew it had the potential to take the fight to the Honda Activa 125. It was versatile, frugal, surprisingly quick off the line and a decent amount of fun, too. It met most expectations one would have from a scooter of this kind. Continue reading “Suzuki Access 125: Better Than Aprilia SR 150 Or Just Different?”
It’s like getting hit the face with a metal pan, when the power band hits on an off-road 450. The acceleration is so violent and so immediate that it makes you wet your pants. So if you’re planning to start your off-road adventures atop a 450, well, just don’t. It won’t end well. What you need is a nice, friendly trail-bike that is light and manoeuvrable, yet has enough grunt to give you your daily adrenaline fix. What you need is something like the KLX 140G. Continue reading “Kawasaki KLX140G: The Most Friendly Off-Roader You Could Get”
SATURDAY: Fascinating day: on our way to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting (MM), the Steering Committee and I dropped into Gordon Murray’s HQ near Guildford to witness the first of TVR’s secret customer briefings. This 90-minute experience emphasised what good sense it makes to hold special events for the faithful. Continue reading “Car Facts Of The Week That You Should Know”
Spyker Automotive is planning as many as four new cars over the next decade, including a petrol-electric super SUV and a cheaper six-cylinder sports car, as well as increasing production to 500 cars a year. The company, which recently revealed the Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder at the Geneva motor show, is now on a stable post-bankruptcy footing. It is based in the UK, builds cars in Coventry with CPP Manufacturing and is benefitting from the depressed value of the pound that all UK exporters are currently taking advantage of. Continue reading “Spyker Is Working On An Updated Hybrid SUV”
AFTER YEARS OF building some frankly rather ordinary cars, Vauxhall suddenly seems to be on a bit of a roll. The latest Astra is one of our favourite small family cars and the recently revised Zafira Tourer is a thoroughly recommendable MPV. So, hopes are high for the second-generation Insignia executive car, which is in the final stages of develop mentahead of its launch next summer. The new car is 55mm longer than its predecessor, with 92mm of extra space between the front and rear wheels, creating more room for passengers. Continue reading “Vauxhall Insignia: When Casualty Meets Performance”
Promising 1050bhp,a range of 378 miles and 0-62mphin2.39sec, the $200,000 (roughly £l60k) Faraday Future FF 91 electric saloon is not short of ambition. In fact, Faraday is a car company that has been around for only three years yet is now telling the world it will match Tesla at its own game in 2018, even though its factory exists as only an architect’s model and a dusty lot in the Nevada desert.
There must be tremedous pressure in creating a Bugatti. What moved you to accept this challenge?
As an engineer and a leader I simply could not decline this opportunity.
We’ve grown used the mind-blowing performance of Radical’s road-legal track monsters, but this new RXC Turbo 500R really is something special. Built around a simple but strong and light tubular steel spaceframe, the range-topping RXC is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.5-litre V6 Ford EcoBoost engine good fora mighty 447kW and 63ONm.
Like the 911 is to Porsche and the M3 is to BMW, the SL is a pillar of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Only recently, various members of Daimlers senior management reiterated that while ever there is Mercedes-Benz, there will be an SL.
Few people exposed to the rampant acceleration and organ-rearranging cornering forces of an Ariel Atom would want for more, but the Somerset-based firm has taken its spaceframe sports car to a whole new level with its latest concept.
A trio of Audi RS6s: a vision to strike fear into the otherwise happy, dappy hearts of Labradors everywhere. Now, as progress reports go, this isn’t the most, well, progressive.
Adding a heavier, retractable metal roof to an MX-5 may strike some as counterintuitive to the whole philosophy behind Mazda’s lightweight sports car. After all, the model has always championed simplicity and purity over appealing to a mass market by dangling trinkets and tricks in a bid to win their monthly payments. Continue reading “Mazda MX-5 RF”
THE RADICAL-LOOKING Nexon SUV was quite the show stopper at the 2016 Auto Expo, where it made its public debut in near production form. Its coupe-like stance is quite a departure from the bread-box-like compact SUVs that we are used to seeing on our roads. Continue reading “Tata Nexon: The Most Futuristic-Looking Compact SUV”
MARUTI WILL BRING in a funky little Ignis, which, with its unique styling and long features list, is sure to be a hit with young car buyers. Something like a rival to the Mahindra KUV100, it is the third model that will retail out of Maruti’s Neva showrooms (the other two being the S-cross and the Baleno). Continue reading “Maruti Ignis Will Come With An Impressive List Of Features”
MERCEDES CLA FACELIFT
FROM: RS 31.40 – 34.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) Mercedes has given the CLA a minor cosmetic update, adding in new equipment along the way. The car gets new LED headlamps and Mercedes’ Dynamic select drive modes as standard equipment, while the top trim additionally packs in a larger 8. 0 inch infotainment semen and gets Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity. The petrol and diesel engines carry forward unchanged. Continue reading “These Are The Most Spectacular Launches Of 2017”
Planning to buy a car? Be prepared to shell out extra as most carmakers have announced price hikes across their range of vehicles starting this year. Continue reading “Purchasing A New Car Is Becoming More Expensive This Year”
We a look at the Ducati 1299s, which comes standard with every possible piece of hardware, electronics and cosmetic upgrades that you can think of. Ducati has always been on top of the aspiration list of bikes to own at any given time, with a long racing heritage and truly unique and beautiful bikes. So how does the 1299s Panigale measure up to its predecessors? Continue reading “Ducati 1299: The Italian Masterpiece Of Superbikes”
In a world of high-performance cruisers, cafe racers, and garage-built rods, along comes a Harley-Davidson managing to blend all genres like none before – with a major nod to the Sportsters from the ’50s and ’60s.
It’s 7:30am on the Isle of Man. It’s so cold, the snot in my nose has frozen solid, I’ve lost all feeling in my toes and icy rain water is leaking into my trousers.