Monday, September 22, 2014

New Mahindra Scorpio

New Mahindra Scorpio 

Mahindra is launching the new Scorpio on September  25, 2014. Dealers have been accepting bookings for a couple of days now, with the booking amount being Rs 20,000.
Mahindra has also tied up with the e-commerce website, Snapdeal, and interested customers can book the new SUV there.

New Mahindra Scorpio – what to expect

Here’s a lowdown of what’s expected on the new Scorpio.
Styling – The new Scorpio will get an updated front grille and newly-designed projector headlamps with LED daytime-running lights. Both front and rear bumpers have been slightly redesigned with new fog lamps and scuff plates. The tail-lights are LED too, and there’s a roof-mounted rear-spoiler. Adding to the refreshed looks are the new 17-inch alloys on higher variants.
Interior – Interior of the new Scorpio gets stylistic changes and equipment additions. Changes include horizontal AC vents, new instrument cluster, climate control and a new touchscreen infotainment system. Buttons for the power-windows are now on each door instead of the centre console. The new steering wheel comes with controls mounted on it. There are airbags and ABS too. The new Scorpio is also likely to offer seating configurations ranging from seven- to nine-seater options. Overall, the interior is likely to feel much more sporty, upmarket and well-equipped.
New chassis – A brand new body-on-frame chassis underpins the new Scorpio. It’s the first car to get Mahindra’s next-gen ladder chassis, which uses hydroforming to give it a stiffer, lightweight design. It is also claimed that the new chassis has entirely changed the dynamics of the Scorpio to give it far better ride and handling. It also seems like the new car has a wider track than before.

New gearbox and suspension – The new Scorpio gets an all-new 320MT five-speed manual transmission that claims to offer better shifts than before. However, according to dealers, there is no word on an automatic yet. They also revealed that the new car gets a revised suspension setup.
Nomenclature – Trims of the new Scorpio are expected to be been badged as S2, S4, S6, S8 and S10 instead of the previous EX, LX, SLE and VLX.

The new Scorpio is expected to be priced at a slight premium over the already-popular outgoing car. But it is likely that Mahindra will look to offer a good value-for-money proposition in a bid to take a renewed shot at the SUV segment.  

source: AUTOCAR (India)

Monday, September 15, 2014

All-new sporty Maruti Suzuki Swift set for 2015

All-new sporty Maruti Suzuki Swift set for 2015

India is so important that a huge number of new cars that are entering the country today are created with tremendous input from the R&D here and with great emphasis on the needs of customers. Maruti-Suzuki has followed this trend, with cars like the Celerio and the Ciaz being heavily influenced by the company’s R&D team. It goes to show that the Indian buyer is at the core of Maruti Suzuki’s strategy. And it reflects in the fact that the manufacturer is using the Indian angle so heavily that its global products are now coming here.
Suzuki Swift Sport (1)
The latest result of this trend is that the company is set to bring to India a sportier version of the Swift, the fourth generation of the car. Globally the Swift has always been a sporty Suzuki, but the models on sale in India have always been more family oriented. However, the company is now in the process of developing a ‘one size fits all’ version of the Swift for global sale. It is this car that will arrive towards the end of 2015 or early 2016. The fact that it will be designed with inputs from the boffins at Maruti’s Manesar plant will mean that even though it will retain its sporty pedigree, it will be made with specific requirements of Indian buyer in mind.
The new Swift is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel that is being developed by Suzuki, likely to be based on the (also Suzuki-developed) 800cc twin cylinder diesel that is set to debut in the Celerio soon. The petrol cars will be powered by the K-Next series of engines, which will essentially be upgraded versions of the current K series.
Suzuki Swift Sport (2)
It also appears that Maruti-Suzuki is using a two-pronged approach to the global market. On the one hand the company plans to use cars like the Splash (the Ritz in India) to appeal to the economy-conscious, family-oriented buyer. Other cars like the Swift will be positioned to appeal to buyers looking for a hatchback that is a little more premium and sporty. This is an approach similar to the one adopted by other manufacturers of late – Volkswagen’s new Polo comes with a more powerful engine, while Hyundai has positioned the new Elite i20 as a step up from your run of the mill hatchback. Which means we can expect the new Swift to come loaded with features in order to up the ante against the competition and justify a higher price tag.
While the wait of over a year for the next-gen Swift might seem like a bit much, there’s good news for people who really want to buy a Swift at once. The current generation Swift will get a mild update in terms of features and creature comforts before the all-new cars get here. This upgraded Swift is set to go on sale during the festive season this year.

Courtesy - OVERDRIVE (India)

Audi Q3 Dynamic edition launched in India at

Audi Q3 Dynamic edition launched in India at Rs 38.4 lakh

Audi’s compact Q3 now comes in a new range topping variant called the Q3 Dynamic. The most notable change is the addition of Audi’s Drive Select system that’s usually seen in more high-end offerings. The Drive Select in the Q3 is a slightly simplified system compared to those found in bigger Audis but still allows the driver to choose between Comfort and Sport modes or simply leave it in Auto to let the car switch between modes automatically. In addition to this, Audi has also tweaked the suspension for a more comfortable ride on our roads.
Audi’s also given it a few visual tweaks to help the Dynamic stand out from its lesser siblings. These include clear lens tail lamps, new 17-inch alloy wheels, an off-road style package, panoramic sunroof and three new colours – Florett Silver,Mythos Black and Monsoon Grey. Other features include Xenon Plus headlamps. The Q3 Dynamic costs Rs 38.4 lakh ex-Mumbai while the Q3 range starts at Rs 25.5 lakhs ex-Mumbai. The new SUV is available for sale across all Audi showrooms in India.
“The Audi Q3 is the only true compact luxury SUV in India which offers quattro® all-wheel drive. The legendary quattro® technology not only adds to the off-road capability of the car but also provides more traction and enhances driving pleasure. The Audi Q3 Dynamic with Audi Drive Select is yet another example of our customer centric approach. We have further fine-tuned the suspension to meet Indian road conditions and offer the right balance between ride and comfort. With this new top of the line Audi Q3, we are further enhancing the appeal of one of the most successful SUVs in the Indian market. We are convinced that the Audi Q3 Dynamic will be a similar runaway success as the Audi Q3 in 2012 and will play a key role in our growth this year,” said Audi India head, Joe King.

Audi Q3 Dynamic Edition launch press release

India’s only true compact luxury SUV Audi Q3 expands its range- introduces Audi Q3 Dynamic
Only compact luxury SUV to offer quattro® -all wheel drive

• The Audi Q3 Dynamic now comes with Audi Drive Select thus offering three cars in one
• Dynamic comfort suspension for rough road conditions, clear lens tail lamps, 17” alloy wheels, off-road style package and a panoramic sunroof offered as standard
• The SUV will be available in new exterior colours – Florett Silver, Mythos Black and Monsoon Grey
• “The Audi Q3 Dynamic with Audi Drive Select, the flagship of the Audi Q3 range in India, further enhances the appeal and driving dynamics of one of the most successful SUVs in the Indian market” - Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India
• Audi Q3 range in India starts at INR 25,49,000/- and Audi Q3 Dynamic is priced at INR 38,40,000/- ex-showroom Mumbai

Mumbai, September 11, 2014 – Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Audi Q3 Dynamic with Audi Drive Select in the Indian market. The Audi Q3 is the largest selling luxury SUV in India and this new addition will further strengthen the brand’s dominance in the luxury SUV segment. Loaded with exciting new features and priced at INR 38,40,000/- (ex-showroom Mumbai), the Audi Q3 Dynamic is available for sale across all dealerships in India. The Audi Q3 range in India starts at INR 25,49,000/- .

“The Audi Q3 is the only true compact luxury SUV in India which offers quattro® all-wheel drive. The legendry quattro® technology not only adds to the off-road capability of the car but also provides more traction and enhances driving pleasure. The Audi Q3 Dynamic with Audi Drive Select is yet another example of our customer centric approach. We have further fine-tuned the suspension to meet Indian road conditions and offer the right balance between ride and comfort. With this new top of the line Audi Q3, we are further enhancing the appeal of one of the most successful SUVs in the Indian market. We are convinced that the Audi Q3 Dynamic will be a similar runaway success as the Audi Q3 in 2012 and will play a key role in our growth this year,” said Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India.

Audi Q3 Dynamic has upped the ante to a completely new level. With Audi Drive Select, the customer now has the option of choosing from three different modes – Comfort, Dynamic and Auto for that true SUV experience. The all new dynamic suspension for rough road conditions, clear lens tail lamps, 17” alloy wheels, off-road style package, panoramic sunroof, roomy interior, sporty exterior, exemplary workmanship and quattro® all-wheel drive makes this SUV stand out amongst competitors. Audi Drive Select will be standard in two of the three grades.

Audi quattro®

More traction, more driving safety, more driving pleasure – the quattro® permanent all-wheel drive system has been a successful technology for over 30 years and an Audi cornerstone. Audi introduced the quattro® all-wheel drive system in a production vehicle in 1980, kicking off a long-running success story. Today, Audi is the world’s leading premium-segment manufacturer of passenger cars with permanent all-wheel drive with over 6 million cars sold worldwide.

Features – Audi Q3 Dynamic:

- 17” alloy wheels with 5 spoke ‘Trias’ design
- Heat-insulating glass
- Xenon Plus with LED daytime running lights
- Clear Lens LED tail lamp
- Dynamic Headlight range adjustment
- Full Chrome Grill
- Underbody guards at the Front & rear bumpers
- 3 new exterior colours - Florett Silver, Mythos Black and Monsoon Grey

- Multi function leather steering wheel
- High gloss package
- Inlays in walnut brown
- Storage package
- Front seats electrically adjustable
- 4 way lumbar support for Front seats
- Driver Information system
- Light & rain sensor


- 6 airbags
- Electronic stabilization program
- Parking Aid Plus
- Light and Rain sensor
- quattro®


- Audi Drive Select
- Auto Release function
- Hill start assist
- Cruise control
- 2 Zone Deluxe automatic air conditioning system
- Dynamic comfort suspension


- Audi Sound system with 10 Speakers including a subwoofer
- Voice dialogue system
- 5.8“ Retractable MMI screen
- Concert Radio
- Audi Music interface
- Bluetooth with Audio streaming

The Audi model range in India includes the Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, new Audi A8L, new Audi Q3 with Drive Select, Audi Q3 S, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi S4, Audi S6, Audi RS 5 Coupé, Audi RS 7 Sportback, Audi TT Coupé, the super sports car Audi R8, Audi R8 Spyder and the Audi R8 V10 plus available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi Central, Delhi South, Delhi West, Goa, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Karnal, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai South, Mumbai West, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Udaipur, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.

Courtesy - OVERDRIVE (India)

2014 Suzuki Gixxer India first ride review

It’s a sign of something promising when the pre-ride press conference for a brand new 150cc motorcycle makes almost no mention of mileage. After about twenty minutes of exciting talk of GSX-R lineage and sportiness (no talk of commuting either), the presentation finally moved to economy. It turns out that besides the claimed sportiness, the Gixxer also happens to be one of the most efficient bikes in the class, returning a claimed 63.5kmpl. The Gixxer was looking very promising indeed.

Suzuki Gixxer (4)
The Gixxer features sharply styled body work to make for a sporty and minimal design

In fact, it doesn’t just look promising, it looks pretty handsome as well. There’s no surprise here, we’ve all seen the bike at the expo and on Suzuki’s website. But up close you notice and appreciate the finer details. First off, the Gixxer is muscular but minimal, the Bruce Lee of 150s if you will. Swing a leg over and the wide grooves in the plastic tank provide great leverage to grip the motorcycle with your thighs. The Gixxer is also the first sub-250cc bike that gets Suzuki’s smart twin port exhaust. Turn the GSX-R inspired key and the fully digital display lights up in orange. The dials are one of the best in the category with two trip modes, a gear position indicator, shift light and a digital clock on display. Fit and build quality are up to the mark but what I didn’t like were the faux bar end weights that move out of position quite easily. Suzuki offers five colours, which coupled with the lack of unnecessary graphics, make for one very smart looking motorcycle.

Suzuki Gixxer (8)
Dials are legible and offer all the information you will need but can take a while to learn

Our first experience with the Gixxer was through slushy and broken roads while getting out of Pune and the bike made a fantastic first impression. Suzuki has managed to give the chassis a taut feel without sacrificing ride quality. The 135kg bike feels nimble, but stable and potholes simply don’t filter though harshly enough to make you want to stand on the pegs. The Gixxer just resolutely rides ahead, regardless of the road conditions. Eventually, we were out of the mess that is Pune and hit the highway. In town, the 155cc engine showed great low down flexibility and a very strong mid range. After all, 14.8PS and 14Nm are among the highest number in the segment, particularly when it comes to torque.

Suzuki Gixxer (11)

The engine offers not only some of the highest figures in the segment but also promises to be one of the most efficient

On faster roads, there are two things that stand out. The first is that the Gixxer makes an interesting noise. There’s lots of intake roar, and the bike produces a rather loud note that is reminiscent of an RTR’s thrashy tune with some bassy blat from a KTM. It’s a nice noise that turns a few heads when you’re at high revs. Secondly, with such a meaty mid range I wasn’t expecting much from the top end. However the Gixxer develops a small but sweet surge at 7,000rpm before tapering off just below 9,000rpm, leaving the final revs below the 10,000rpm redline a bit flat. I managed to see 107kmph but I think the bike will top out at about 115kmph. So it’s not significantly faster outright than its rivals but it does have a lovely mid range surge that most of them lack. All through, the engine feels refined and unstressed with almost no noticeable vibrations. In fact, Suresh Babu, the national head for product planning and a man who’s put countless hours on the Gixxer during its development phase, says the engine actually has more to give. Suzuki lowered the top end a bit and restricted the air box (apparently the intake roar was much louder earlier) to improve rideability. In other words, it shouldn’t be too hard to safely extract more power out of this engine with some simple modifications to the intake, exhaust and carburettor (no fuel injection here). Not that Suzuki would ever condone such modifications.

Suzuki Gixxer (7)
LED lamp at the rear follows the design theme seen on the Inazuma and Hayate

But like our riding route, the best part of the Gixxer was saved for last. As we turned off the highway and made for the brilliant riding roads towards Lavasa, all that talk of GSX-R spirit and sportiness started coming through. The subtly sporty riding position with slightly rear set footpegs and a lowish handlebar caused no complaint in the city but created a great connection with the bike on these smooth and winding roads. The conditions were far from ideal with rain lashing down but the Gixxer wasn’t fazed. The 41mm front forks result in superb front end feel and you can really lean on the 100 section front tyre, even in the wet. The front disc provides strong, progressive bite but needs a bit of a pull. Some more initial bite would have been nice. Once you get used to that you can really begin to push the Gixxer and she rewards with confidence, stability and eagerness. A lot of you were unhappy with the fact that the Gixxer doesn’t get a six-speed box like the GS150R. However, the five-speed box is smooth, precise and well geared. It perfectly matches the motorcycle and doesn’t leave you looking for another gear. All said, the Gixxer is a very capable and encouraging motorcycle that will urge you without scaring you. I haven’t had this much fun on a 150 in a long time and the Gixxer should be a proper tool in the dry.

Suzuki Gixxer (15)
The Gixxer is agile and eager to corner but also very stable and encouraging

Suzuki has a fantastic machine on their hands. There’s very little to dislike – bar ends aside, I’d have liked the rider’s foot pegs to be metal like the ones for the pillion. That said, the Gixxer ticks the right boxes. It looks hot, handles very well without sacrificing on ride quality and has a very potent motor. We will have a full test soon where we can ratify Suzuki’s efficiency claims. If accurate, it shows you don’t need to go down the expensive and disappointing route of fuel injection and reduced power to get more efficiency. And at Rs 72,200 ex-Delhi, it undercuts the Yamaha FZ by a good Rs 4,000. There’s good times ahead for Suzuki.

Courtesy - OVERDRIVE (India)

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Honda Mobilio MPV review

New Honda Mobilio MPV review

Courtesy : AUTOCAR

This is the Mobilio, Honda's first MPV for India and the third car to be built on the Brio platform. When launched in mid-2014, it will go head on against the Maruti Ertiga which, until now, hasn’t had a real rival. Since its launch, the Ertiga has enjoyed a favourable response and we reckon Honda’s first MPV in India will not go unnoticed. The Mobilio was recently unveiled in Indonesia and while we’ve earlier reported about the car’s mechanicals, we’ve now spent some time with the car in Japan to get up close to this all-new MPV.
To save costs, the Mobilio is similar to the Honda Brio and Amaze when viewed from the front as all three siblings share body panels all the way to the B-pillar. There are a few tweaks like a wider grille and sportier chin but when viewed head-on, you could mistake it for either the Brio or the Amaze. 
Move to the side and you can see that Honda has resorted to some clever illusions to mask the car’s elongated and van-like proportions. There’s a kink in the window line and two upward moving cuts along the side of the body that act as a sort of guide for your eyes to follow. Then there are the flared wheel-arches and even a ‘floating’ design for the rear pillar of the car, the latter achieved using part sheet-metal and part blacked-out glass. The Mobilio gets larger 15-inch wheels, which fill out the wheel arches and give the Mobilio a good stance. Move over to the rear and this Honda MPV shows you probably its best angle. The wraparound look of the rear windscreen, the flared haunches, big tail-lights and an attractive split at the bottom makes it look a lot more dynamic and youthful than the Ertiga’s rather reserved rear. 

So, while the styling is pretty decent, how does it fare in terms of practicality? Honda has used its packaging expertise to make this MPV fairly spacious. The extra space comes from the fact that the Mobilio’s 2650mm wheelbase is a good 245mm longer than even the Amaze’s, which itself has a wheelbase that’s 60mm longer than the Brio’s. As expected, the cabin employs the same dash as the Brio and the Amaze, which again does look a tad too basic for a car at this price point. However, this car was a prototype and the production car is expected to get a few changes in the cabin to make it look more upmarket. This prototype’s interiors had an all-black dashboard with beige seats and door trim. 

Just like the Brio and Amaze, the front seats had a fixed headrest and this may come across as a bit low-rent to consumers if it’s carried forward to the production model. Move to the second row and you’ll appreciate Honda’s ability to liberate space from smaller cabins. Remember that, despite its increased legroom over the Amaze, the Mobilio still falls short of the Ertiga’s wheelbase by a good 100mm. Just like the Ertiga, the Mobilio also offers sliding second row seats and the reasonably long rails result in great flexibility in attaining the desired legroom. However, it really doesn’t feel like this Honda MPV has a 100mm wheelbase deficit over the Ertiga and more than matches the Maruti for passenger space. Then, there’s also a roof-mounted air-conditioning vent to cool the second and third rows and although we couldn’t test its effectiveness, aesthetically, the slightly crudely finished air-flow selector and the overall vent design does look like it’s built to a cost.
Now, what about the last row? With the middle row left in its centre position, there’s adequate room for your knees to move about a bit with a clearance of about half an inch. However, when the middle row seats were pushed back all-the-way, your knees will feel tightly jammed against the backrest of the 60:40 split middle seat. Overall, we'd say that with a slight compromise, the Mobilio can genuinely carry seven passengers in decent comfort. 

As for the boot, even with the third row seats upright, it’s quite spacious and can easily hold a suitcase and a couple of soft bags. At first glance, it does look a tad bit more capacious than the Ertiga’s boot but we’ll be able to confirm that only after a proper road test.

While we were able to assess the car both inside and out, unfortunately, we weren’t able to drive it and shall reserve a driving opinion for later. However, the Mobilio is powered by the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine as seen on the Amaze and will offer superior driveability when compared to the Ertiga diesel. The petrol-engined Mobilio is powered by Honda’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor and that again has a power advantage over the Ertiga’s 1.4-litre K14 engine. 
When the Mobilio is launched in India, it is expected to be priced at around Rs 30,000 more than the equivalent Ertiga. At the moment, the Ertiga lacks any real competitors and averages a decent 4,700 units a month. With the launch of the Mobilio, Honda will gain access to this niche market and may just help itself to a generous helping of the pie.

Quick view :
Price Range (in lakhs)*
Ex-showroom priceRs 6-9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
FuelPetrol / Diesel
InstallationFront, transverse
Type4 cyls in-line, 1497cc petrol, 1498cc diesel
Power116bhp, 98.6bhp
Torque14.9kgm, 20.3kgm
Gearbox5-speed manual

Royal Enfield Continental GT launched

Royal Enfield Continental GT launched at Rs 2.05 lakh

Continental GT on-sale across India, in yellow or red, priced at Rs 205,000 (on-road, Delhi)

Royal Enfield's Continental GT is the most special motorcycle to leave these famous factory doors in a very long time. A café racer painstakingly re-created by Royal Enfield to match similar, sporty looking British bikes of the 1960’s, the GT is built with a keen eye for attention-to-detail.
The Royal Enfield's Continental GT classic round headlight sits surrounded by alloy steering braces and clip-on bars. Other rider controls include good quality palm grips, as well as comfortable to touch, buffed alloy clutch and brake levers. 
Royal Enfield offer superbly crafted after market bar-end mounted mirrors for the GT, which we recommend for their solid construction and functional value, despite their really petite size.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT fuel-tank is tastefully adorned with a classic font company logo, and equipped with a beautifully sculpted, flip-to-open filler cap. There’s a single saddle (dual seat available as optional), with smart red stitching and humped tail section. Those with a keen eye will admire the GT’s alloy wheel rims. The GT comes with a flowing, chromed exhaust, and sporty looking exposed drive chain.
The Continental GT deploys a 535cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder Royal Enfield powerplant. It’s a button or kick-started engine, the air-cooled, long-stroke unit beating out a soft, yet evocative and crisp bark that will have riders blip the throttle more than usual, to extract little extra soundtrack. The GT outputs 29.1bhp at 5100rpm of peak power, while making 4.49kgm of torque at 4000rpm. Clutch action isn’t as positive as we’d like, although the GT does provide a smooth shifting, five-speed gearbox, operated in the universal, one-down and four-up pattern, with shift lever located to the left of the engine.
The GT is quick, not quick enough for a 500 perhaps, yet providing enough oomph for the sporty classic it is, capable of cruising at 100kph comfortably, tachometer hovering at 3500rpm, as the big-single fires away with a steady rhythm. Pushed hard to its limit, the GT achieved an indicated 140kph on flat road in fifth, even racing to 150kph down a slight gradient with the throttle pinned open, surprising us to hold such high speeds over prolonged durations without much protest, other than a lot of vibes. The Continental GT powerplant feels unmistakably Royal Enfield, with tangible improvements, a relatively rev happy nature and improved top-end performance, thanks to lightened engine internals. 
The Continental GT seat is supportive, roomy and wide enough. It’s a reasonably comfortable bike, only not quite as relaxed to ride as traditional Royal Enfield models like the Electra and Bullet. The footrests aren’t placed overly far behind though, and the light lean into its clip-on bars isn’t so pronounced as to make riders uncomfortable. This is clearly the sportiest riding position on offer with a present day Royal Enfield. The GT comes with a twin downtube steel frame, perfected by Harris Engineering, while providing top class, adjustable gas charged suspension at rear by Paioli.
Ride quality is firm, especially from the front telescopic forks, and the GT handles with Enfield trademark stability, the new frame helping the bike lean into corners with a planted, sure footed feel. Ample grip is offered by Pirelli tyres front (100/90) and rear (130/70 section) shod on 18 inch rims front and rear.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT comes with elliptical section steel swingarm, and single disc brakes front (300mm, float mounted, dual piston caliper) and rear (240mm). There’s enough stopping power, with a nice progressive feel at the lever, undoubtedly helped by steel braided brake hoses. The GT motorcycle is easily the best handling Royal Enfield we’ve ridden to date. Fuel economy should range somewhere between 25-30kpl.
The Continental GT has just been launched in Goa, prices at Rs 205,000 (on-road, Delhi). The new bikes will be available for sale in showrooms across India starting tomorrow. 
In conclusion, the Continental GT is a character rich motorcycle. Built today, it still recreates an undiluted, rich and flamboyant feel from the past. The most important Royal Enfield bike built today?
Yes, without a doubt as Royal Enfield understands their firm grip on classic bike buyers, but do need to step up to the next level, after decades sticking with one formula. With big risk, comes big gain, as riding the Continental GT proves. A true Royal Enfield from the word go, the Continental GT will tempt, then charm a whole new set of bikers into the traditional world of Royal Enfield. If you believed classic bikes couldn’t get sporty, the Continental GT motorcycle proves it sure can. 

Courtesy : AUTOCAR

Pulsar 375 revealed

New Bajaj flagship, Pulsar 375 revealed

Biggest, fastest, most important Pulsar yet, the Pulsar 375 breaks cover

India’s most loved sportsbike is about to get bigger, racier and better than ever before. It’s still some months from production ready, with Bajaj presently focussing on introducing the exciting KTM 390 Duke, but it's known that the team at ‘**Ahead’ (Bajaj R&D) is working to ready a neatly faired-in, approximately 375cc all-new Pulsar that will debut across India towards the end of this year.

The big, new and faired-in Pulsar shall aim to be a bold new segment driver when it hits Indian roads, by offering biking enthusiasts here a level of style and performance never previously available with any Pulsar. The new Bajaj flagship is styled to draw eyeballs, its mean Yamaha YZF-R1-resembling dual-headlights peering out in the set of detailed frontal images available with us and our own exclusive rendering. Clip-on handlebars will be standard, as will be plenty of lightweight alloy parts, and expect a sporty, compact cockpit layout, with comprehensive, nicely laid out instruments and Bajaj-typical good quality switchgear. The new Pulsar will make a purposeful and mean-looking sportsbike, as can be seen in its tastefully sculpted tank and body cowls, as well as split seats.

This upcoming larger capacity Pulsar will share its basic, four-stroke and single-cylinder engine platform with the KTM 390 Duke, so expect a full complement of close to 45 aggressive horses, with ample modern technology packed in, including a liquid-cooling system, four-valve equipped head and a six-speed, close-ratio gearbox, apart from an array of other goodies. Final drive will be via an exposed chain running back down the left of the motorcycle, and expect a compact, sporty exhaust system. The big Pulsar’s engine will be tailored to suit its new role and having recently ridden and experienced the 390 firsthand, you can expect a refined, rev happy powerplant that will deliver blistering performance for the class, with urgent acceleration and a top speed in excess of 150kph.  

This sporty new Pulsar will use smart alloy wheels and standard telescopic fork front suspension, while a monoshock will do duty at the rear. The spy pictures imply the bike will deploy a steel, multi-spar frame, supported by an elliptical section steel swingarm at the rear. Single, drilled and petal-type disc brakes will do duty front and rear, offering good heat dissipation, while an ABS brake system will be offered with this bike, as already on the KTM 390 Duke.

Even as more details remain under wraps, you can safely expect this Pulsar to offer all and more in terms of a stylish, affordable Indian sportsbike, with a rich specification list and quick turn of performance. 

Courtesy : AUTOCAR