Automobile – Sept 2018
Modeled after the shark, this is the second vehicle from the Mahindra stable, after the cheetah-inspired XUV-500, to be inspired by the animal world. The SUV is attractively priced, compared to its competitors, be it the Toyota Innova Crysta or the Renault Lodgy. The value-for-money option is also making waves for its incredible technology and safety features, with thoughtful highlights like the child seat mounts in all variants, entry assist lamps and cornering lamps that light up the road as soon as the steering wheel is turned.
A sexy, sassy hardtop convertible that is due to hit the Indian markets in October, the Ferrari Portofino is being pegged as the car for first-time Ferrari buyers. The car is already the talk of the town for its sporty yet seductive looks. Significantly, the all-metal roof can open and close in all of 14 seconds, and at speeds of up to 40kmph. Of course, it’s more of a car for the driver and co-driver, rather than one you would take for a spin with friends in the backseat.
Crafted in Munich and manufactured in the TVS Motors’ facility at Bengaluru, the BMW G310R comes with a proud ‘Made-In-India’ tag. With its liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor, the bike claims to hit a top speed of 143kmph; its fuel efficiency is expected to be 30kmpl range. BMW’s first modern sub-500cc bike, the G310R is a maneuverable, sporty bike built for cruising the city.
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
October will see the comeback of one of the perennial Royal Enfield favorites: the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. The legendary bike is now better than ever, with its air-oil cooled parallel twin-engine, accentuated by its 60s inspired-retro charm in the looks department.