There are so many bikes in different categories, variants and different price points available in India. But the big question of the bikes is, being affordable because reasonably priced bikes are the ones that move the most units in India. For the following bikes we have kept the maximum price range of ₹1.5 lakhs and listed out the best available in that price range-
Bajaj Dominar 400
The Bajaj Dominar uses a motor based on the KTM 390 engine. The difference is that the Dominar uses a different cylinder head and is tuned differently from the 390. The Dominar puts out a respectable 35bhp and 35Nm of torque, which is not as powerful as the KTM but it’s no slouch. It is also one of the best-equipped motorcycles here, coming with dual-channel ABS, a powerful LED headlight and a digital LCD instrument console. Bajaj Dominar 400’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.48 lakh (Ex-showroom)
Yamaha Fazer 25
The Fazer 25 shares its engine with the FZ25. The air and oil cooled engine produces 20bhp and 20Nm of torque. This bike’s main advantage over the FZ comes in the form of added wind protection, along with its 14-litre fuel tank, makes the Fazer 25 a good long-distance motorcycle. Like the Dominar 400, this bike also gets an LED headlight. Unfortunately, ABS is not an option that is offered on this bike by Yamaha who offers it else where in the world. The Yamaha Fazer 25’s price starts from around ₹1.28 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200
The Pulsar RS 200 uses a fuel-injected version of the 199.5cc engine seen on the NS 200. The Pulsar’s liquid-cooled motor churns out 24bhp and 18Nm of torque. The RS also gets ABS, though it is only a single-channel system. A digital-analogue instrument cluster and twin projector headlamps mean that this bike features decent levels of equipment; although the bike’s design may not be to everyone’s taste. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.26 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Pulsar RS200 is available in only 2 variants. The top-end variant Bajaj Pulsar RS200 ABS is priced at ₹1.37 lakh.
Yamaha R15 V 3.0
The latest iteration of Yamaha’s sharp and focused track tool, the R15 version 3.0, uses a 155cc liquid-cooled engine putting out 19bhp and 15Nm of torque. This motor has a strong top-end without sacrificing low and mid-range power with peak power at 10,000rpm. While the R15 misses out on ABS, it does get a slipper clutch. LED headlights and an LED tail lamp are also standard on the R15. The Yamaha YZF R15 V3’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.27 lakh(Ex-showroom). YZF R15 V3 is available in only 1 variant.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0
The Apache RTR 200 4V is also available with a fuel-injection system, the latter is supplied by Bosch. The FI variant commands a hefty premium of ₹12,700 over its carburetor alternative. The fuel-injected version produces 21bhp and 18Nm of torque from its 197.75cc air- and oil-cooled engine. This updated RTR features a slipper clutch as standard which is a really good thing. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is priced at ₹90,716 on wards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 8 versions.
Suzuki Intruder FI
The Suzuki Intruder is the only motorcycle here that is a cruiser, mimicking the design language of the larger Intruder motorcycles. It is a long and low motorcycle with a very comfortable ride. Its 155cc engine is also available with a fuel-injection system over the carb unit. The motor churns out 15bhp and 14Nm of torque. The Intruder comes with single-channel ABS, digital instrumentation shared with the Gixxer and is also seen on the Burgman Street. It also gets an LED tail-lamp as standard. The FI variant comes at a premium of Rs 6,901 over the carburetor version. Suzuki Intruder’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹1.04 lakh (Ex-showroom). The Intruder is available in only 2 variant. The top-end variant Suzuki Intruder FI is priced at ₹1.09 lakh
Suzuki Gixxer SF FI
The first motorcycle on this list to dip under the 1 lakh-rupee-mark is the Suzuki Gixxer SF FI. The Gixxer’s engine figures are identical to that of the Intruder. Like the Intruder, the Gixxer is also available with a carburettor to command a lower price but with a tiny price increase you can get a fuel injected version of the bike. For a premium of Rs 7,000 the SF can also be had with single-channel ABS. The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI is priced at ₹1,01 onwards (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is available in 2 versions – ABS and SP ABS.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V FI
Like the RTR 200 4V, the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is also available with carb and fuel injection options. The fuel-injected variant produces 17bhp while the carburettor variant churns out 16bhp. TVS charges a premium of Rs 6,000 for the fuel-injection version, which is quite significant when one compares it to the Suzuki Gixxer SF. The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V is priced in Mumbai at ₹77,813 (Ex-Showroom price).
Yamaha Fazer FI
The smaller version of the Fazer features an air-cooled 149cc engine making 13bhp and 13Nm of torque. Like its larger sibling, it features good wind protection and comfortable ergonomics. One of the Fazer’s strongest points is its refinement – something that is partly achieved with the implementation of fuel-injection. The Yamaha Fazer-FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹88,143 (Ex-showroom). Fazer-
Hero Glamour Programmed FI
Finally, we come to what is the cheapest fuel-injected bike in the country – the Hero Glamour Programmed FI. The 124.7cc motor in the Glamour puts out 12bhp and 11Nm of torque. The bike also gets a front disc brake, and an LED tail-lamp. With its fuel-injection system, it offers a level of convenience that no other bike in the segment can match. If you want a fuel-injected commuter, this is the recommended and only choice for you. Hero Glamour FI’s price in Mumbai starts from ₹72,903 (Onroad Price Mumbai).
Top vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies
Cars have always played a defining role in a film. They can be shown as a mode of transportation, some can be shown as a sign to define wealth and in some scenarios in a song or chase sequence to make the movie interesting. In modern times the use of the car in Bollywood movies has increased and in some cases, it has been done tastefully and in other not that much. In the olden days, with no help of the CGI, modern safety tech and stunt coordination the cars were more real and sometimes in an uncontrolled environment where the actor had to act while driving. The cars from this period were cool too. You will be surprised by the marquees and brands that were plying on the Indian roads in the early days after Independence.
Here are the Top vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies. Check them out-
Chevrolet Bel Air
The car was used in the 1967 Dev Anand movie ‘Jewel Thief’ starring the actress, Tanuja. The Bel Air convertible was featured in the popular song, ‘Yeh dil na hota bechara’.
1928 Ford Model A
The movie ‘Chalti Ka Nam Gaddi’ had a hit cast with Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Madhubala. The car chosen for the film was a Ford Model A and was lovingly called ‘Champion’ by the 3 brothers in the film.
The 1978 movie Trishul had some really cool cars. In the span of a few scenes, Bachchan hops between a Chevy Impala convertible and what is indisputably the most gorgeous car of the 20th century: a Jaguar E-Type, modded to include exposed supercharged pipes along the sides.
Willys Jeep CJ3B
Used in the movie ‘Aradhna’, the ‘Willys Jeep CJ3B was an iconic vehicle during the times. Starring ‘Rajesh Khanna’ in the iconic song ‘mere sapnoki rani’, he is seen in a Willys Jeep CJ3B.
Mercedes Benz 300 SL Convertible
I want to end this list with a car that the youth of today can at least remember or relate to. Farhan Akhtar’s debut film as director, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ showed us road trip from Mumbai to Goa in an open top Mercedes Benz 300 SL convertible. The road trip scene showed the newly made Mumbai Pune expressway and a race between a train and the big Merc.
Are there any cool cars that you remember from your childhood that should make the list? Let us know in the comments below.
Top 10 cars from the Fast and Furious movies
We as petrol heads grew on car movies and epic car chases in epic movies. The magic of driving a car fast through a crowded street with cops on your tail never failed to impress us. The one movie franchise that brought action cars, cops, stunts and cheesy one-liners together is the Fast and Furious franchise. So get ready and strap yourself in that ‘ejecto seato cuz ‘and lets blast off the top ten cars from the Fast and Furious franchise –
1970 Dodge Charger
One of the most iconic cars from the first movie. The car that we will always associate Dominic Torreto with. The car that supposedly made 900 bhp to the wheels and pulled off burnout wheelies. This car was seen first in a drag race with Brian O’Connor’s Supra and then in the 4th and 5th film. This car also upped the cool factor for muscle cars in the movies.
Nissan Skyline GTR (R34)
This is the car that came in the second movie where imports were shaming American muscle. The R34 GTR not only enters a midnight race and wins but also jumps a bridge in the process. The car was also the part of the famous question asked by Brain in the 4th film to an FBI officer – “Gallo12” or “Gallo 24”.
RB Swapped 1967 Mustang
Hate it or Love it! This Mustang was the definition of – ‘Built Not Brought’. The car was the highlight of the movie with the final drift race down the mountain the Drift King in his Nissan 350Z. The car was being powered by the RB26 inline-six engine from a Nissan GTR. The noise of the twin turbo high revving engine sounded wicked and weird to some coming out of the back of a classic Mustang. In the end, this was a very unique build.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
One of the most charming muscle cars of the series. This car stood out like a prize fighter at a boxing ring. Finished in matt black with the car was ultimately destroyed by Dom who crashed it to take out the baddie in the end.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
The car that was not robbed or built by the crew but was bought at an expensive auction in London by Ludacris. The Charger Daytona was famous for NASCAR wins where it was so good that it was actually banned in the end. The car in the film was actually a regular charger made to look like a Daytona because the film director thought the original one with the long nose looked very ugly. Weird but true.
The car was seen in the sixth move like the above Daytona and both of them raced each other on the streets of London. The car in the movie was driven by Letty who did not remember anything but still had a British sports car with a Chrysler V8 shoved in it.
Corvette Grand Sport
This car really did not get a lot of screen time but was cool. It was supposed to be the car on which Dom and Brian get away but when their robbing buddies turned on them the car had to be jumped off a cliff into a lake. Still a very cool car nonetheless.
F1 meets Mad Max. These ramp cars are seen in the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. The cars are the ultimate track/traffic vehicle’s. Somebody is not moving over? Flip them off the road. These cars ran circles around the stock BMW M5s provided by the Rock to Dom’s crew and ended up creating a whole lot of havoc.
Toyota Supra Mark 4
The car in which Brian started and ended his journey in Fast and Furious. We saw Paul Walker in the first movie race Dom in this car against a Charger and cruise at the end of the 7th movie in a white Supra to along with Dom. The car is very symbolic for enthusiasts everywhere.
1987 Buick GNX
Last but not least. The most underrated but coolest car in the author’s opinion. Buick only sold 1000 of these cars ever. So they are super rare. The car was seen at the start of the 4th movie where Dom and Letty are stealing fuel tankers in South America. The image of a black GNX power sliding under a burning petrol tanker is the coolest start to any movie.
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There are many cool cars in Fast and Furious. Any car that you particularly like? Any cars you think that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.
Race at MMRT – TVS Young Media Racer
Mumbai – 6th July, 2018
I am stuck in slow moving traffic, a usual monsoon evening for Mumbai in the rainy season. While this is normal, I was a little tense because I had a flight to catch. The check-in counters had already shut and the along with the flight, I was also going to miss my second race with ‘TVS MOTORSPORTS’ at the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai. Before the horrible thought had sunk in god intervened. The flight had been delayed by 30 minutes. The non-stop rain had made me late and also delayed the flight. Who knew a delayed flight would turn out to be a blessing in disguise. So here I was, with my boarding pass to Chennai and another chance to get on the race track. Having already experienced dread at the airport, I was wondering how this race would be.
Chennai – 6th July, 2018 (mid-night)
TVS had arranged our stay at Fairfield by Marriott at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. We needed a good night’s sleep because the next two days meant a lot of action for us racers.
Chennai – 7th July, 2018
Next morning, I met the other racers and our team coordinators for breakfast, post which we left for the track. We reached MMRT in the morning at around 8:30am. Entering MMRT is quite a different feeling for me. This is the place where we underwent our training with TVS TEAM FACTORY WORKS, the place where I stepped into the adrenaline fueled world of racing. Our free practice session was scheduled at 10:30am. During the practice session we got comfortable with our Apaches flying around track. We are given a half an hour of practice time to feel the track, the curves and also to see how our designated bikes are performing. This was vital because they we could have minor alterations or adjustments done before our qualification round. I was given bike number 10 for this race. After the practice session, I asked the team of mechanics to work on the handlebar as it was a little too tight in right handers, the tyre pressure had to be corrected and one of the foot pegs was replaced due to massive vibrations at higher rpm. Post this at 1pm it was time for our qualifying round. The best lap timings would decide our position on the grid. Having been on this track for our training sessions, most of us were a little more confident being here and as this was going to be a faster track than our previous round at Kari Motor Speedway, which is too technical to race at. The qualification round was a little too tough a competition than expected and everyone was surprised by the results. I finished 8th out of 10 riders with my best lap timing being 2 mins 41 secs. Finishing far behind the guy who finished first, I wasn’t happy with my performance. Maybe it was over confidence that got the best of me. Post this round, we went for a track walk with our mentor, Harry Sylvester. Having walked the entire 3.7kms track, he explained to us our braking points, apex points and suggested what gears we should ideally be using on any particular turn. The track has 12 turns and 3 straights, which make it quick and relentless. We learnt about the track in much more detail and by now all of us in our head knew what mistakes me made during qualification. We were now more prepared for the next day.
Chennai – 8th July, 2018 – Race Day
Even though monsoons were in full swing here, the rain gods were pitiful. Maybe they wanted to see us race. The weather was far better than the last time we were on this track. It was peak summer when we started our training and would feel as if we were wearing body ovens rather than riding suits. But thankfully, it was cloudy and breezy this time and we could definitely maintain our cool. Our race was scheduled at 3pm. The race would last 6 laps that equaled to a total of distance of 23kms. Being positioned at number 8, I was far behind on the grid. Seconds before the signals went off, one of the riders had a false start which confused us all. The race started in complete chaos. To worsen the situation, I too had a bad start and watched the rest of the pack vanish ahead on the first straight and turn into Turn 1 after that. I had a lot to catching up to do. With our instructors tips running through my head and the mental pressure to go faster I started hunting down the pack. Making ever turn as crisp and neat as possible became a mission. I was braking late as possible and hitting every apex at maximum speed. I overtook two riders over the course of 6 laps and another position as a rider had crashed and couldn’t finish his race. Finally all said and done, the final outcome of the race placed me at 7th position with my best lap timing being at 2 minutes 30 seconds. I was glad that I managed to shave off a good 11 seconds off by best time from the qualification round. Maybe it was because of the mental pressure of being last, the track walk or just every rider’s goal to be on pole.
I wasn’t very happy with my performance in this race and had expected better results. But that does not dissuade me, every lap and every race teaches me more and maybe the next race at the Buddh International Circuit would turn out to better. My overall experience with round two of the ‘TVS Young Media Racer Program’ has been great. It is because of their great team, our mentors who support us, a lot of man hours put in by the mechanics, the pit crew and the marshals that something like that has been made possible. Headed back with a certificate of participation in hand and a lot of happiness for my co-racers who finished at the first three positions, it was time to celebrate.
Stay tuned to know more about the next race at the Buddh International Circuit. We are excited for this one. Hoping that the experience of riding on an F1 track would be memorable and much faster.
5 things you should avoid with a brand new car
A brand new car is a big investment and the pride and joy of an owner. The reality however is that the car is still a mechanical tool that will wear and tear after a while. The car with its daily use and abuse will become less efficient over a long period. Some problems may surface sooner than you think. A lot of these problems can be postponed and avoided if you treat the car in a certain manner when it’s brand new.
In addition to these tips below, do refer to your owner’s manual and the proper break-in period for the car and its servicing schedule. Also during an emergency while driving, one must not adhere to these tips and do the needful to be safe. Personal safety is more necessary than anything else.
Don’t Floor the Accelerator
The reason for this is that the pistons in your brand new engine have some amount of spring tension in them and the combustion gases produced exert force on the pistons cylinder wall to make it move more freely. The gas pressure required for this is very low. The more power and fuel applied makes more pressure and the cylinder walls of the pistons will wear out and not evenly. This is why manufactures have run in periods for their cars where for e.g. – the car should not exceed 4000rpm at any given time except for an emergency. This ‘run in’ period will make sure all the imperfections of the cylinder wall are smoothed over and there are no hotspots on the wall that will cause a problem in the future
Don’t Shift At Redline
There are some people who will say that their car has a very tall 3rd gear and they like to use it completely till the point the rpm allows. Yes, that is a good thing for acceleration. But in a brand new car where the engine is working out imperfections and the gearbox and clutch are being worked in, that is wrong. The car will be more economical to run and the transmission will have less load on it f quick upshifts will be done. The rpm on cars also varies. The petrol engine on most cars has a high rpm available. The rpm available on a diesel engine is lower. Also in cars there is a rev limiter which does not allow the car to exceed the rev range and in automatic and new cars with clever ECUs the car changes gears n=more quickly to be in the meat of the power band in the rev range and not be at high rpm wasting fuel.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
Cruise control is good and a feature that is great for long distance drive to ease fatigue. But in a new vehicle, the car should be treated with different loads of speed. Especially in manual cars that cannot shift gears for themselves, will hold the engine and the rpms to a certain speed which will put a lot of load on the car. Let the engine exercise with different loads of power and performance. The clutch and engine need to get used to a different varying condition and that is why one should avoid a long distance road trip on a brand new car which will involve the car sitting at one constant speed and rpm.
Avoid Short Distance Drives
I know what you are thinking, don’t do a road trip but also don’t drive for a small distance, where is the logic? When we say not to drive short distances. We mean to say that the engine in a new car needs to operated enough on any outing that everything can come up to operating temperature. Engine wear at a constant temperature is best for the engine to experience higher and varying loads in the future.
Your can do it, doesn’t mean it should do it. Any car should be allowed to reach its break-in period where everything has been starched to its maximum and the capacity of the car to lug more weight than its own is alright. Till the break-in period, the cars suspension, wheels, engine and other mechanical bits will be exercised and ready to haul more than its own and its occupants weight.
“That was fast” – Jaguar Art of Performance Tour: Experience
The Jaguar Art of Performance Tour is an event that comes once a year to every major city in the country and always leaves enthusiasts and customers with a massive grin on their face. Having being a veteran of this experience for the past 3 years and given the opportunity to experience it again I did not say NO. The event involves experiencing all the cars Jaguars make in India and enjoying them at their absolute limit. When I mean absolute limit; getting a behemoth like the XJL to brake hard and handle like you were ferrying a head of state away from a terrorist ambush or driving a Jaguar F-Type like you boosted it from Gone in 60 Seconds. There are instructors on scene that briefed us and explained us how to proceed with the three distinct parts of the event – Lane change activity, the slalom test and an acceleration run. Read below to know more about this activity now. We were told about the driver aids and other features that will make sure we are safe and help us unleash our inner – Lewis Hamilton without killing or wetting ourselves.
Lane Change Test
The lane change test involves accelerating hard, suddenly changing lanes and braking hard. The aim of this test is to find out the vehicles weight transfer and dynamic ability. We were shown how a car would react under a high pressure situation where a split second decision needs to be made. The car we tested here were the XE, XF and XJ. The XE and the XF were really good in this test. The most surprising was the big XJ that did not understeer and stopped on a dime in the braking box.
In this test we had to hustle a car from left to right and pit in the braking box as fast as we could. The test oversees the cars handling, grip and acceleration through corners. Of all the cars we drove here; the Jaguar F-pace, the big SUV was surprising agile. The car which really left an impression was the nimble and smooth baby XE. The XF was also overall the most effective car here for me. With the race car driver chaperoning me sitting beside me telling me, ‘that was plenty fast’. According to him it was the fastest he had seen someone apart from themselves maybe, complete this test. Ah flattery; all part of the experience!
The above tests were fun and technical. The last test was the acceleration run. There were two Jaguar F-Types on duty for that. I was the first to reach this test and made a straight bee line for the hot red SVR waiting for its first sortie. I got into the car, adjusted the steering, the seat and smiled for the cameras like a F1 driver giving people joy rides. Then the real racecar driver beside me gave me my instructions, don’t touch the gear leaver; he’ll handle that. My job was to mash the accelerator pedal as hard as I could and keep the 567bhp monster in a straight line. The car jumped of the starting line and the surrounding were a warp. And before we knew it, the braking point was there and the fury died down with a touch of the brakes. We then turned around and let the car unleash its fury back to the pits again. With the car slowing down and crackle from the exhaust on the down shifts subsiding, the experience was over.
The Jaguar Art of Performance that took place in Wadala, Mumbai was a great experience. We in the cars were not doing a mundane test drive but were scaring and surprising ourselves with the cars performance and full capabilities. It was worth getting up early on a Sunday!
Most scenic location in Maharashtra – you might have been seen!
How could you miss out on the most scenic location in Maharashtra! This is the best route that has never been taken. We encourage you to take this route and go out and explore the beautiful Maharashtra. Let us support this. Ridergirl Vishakha is a part of this and this entire road trip was possible because of our sponsor partners Coco by DHFL insurance. A new insurance brand that offers renewal and claims all easily through the web/mobile.
The Training – TVS Young Media Racer
“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days” – Paulo Coelho
If that is something you believe in then you probably know that motorsports can bring you to the peak of an adrenaline rush. We are talking about fast bikes leaning across turns and the sound of blaring exhausts zoom past you while you watch them go from the spectator stands. We were at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore to witness this ourselves for the
MRF MMSC FMSCI INDIAN NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE CHAMPOINSHIP 2018.
The season will have three races over the next two months .The first round of races started off on the 8th of June spanning over two days and ending on the 10th of June 2018. Under the banner falls the national championship, TVS One Make Championship, TVS One Make Championship for women, TVS Young Media Racer & Honda One Make Cup.
A weekend with heated track action, fast riders, race spec bikes, pit crews, adrenaline and cheering crowd is what you imagine when you hear ‘RACING’ and this weekend was exactly about all of this. But hold on….I am not a spectator! I am here at the Kari motor Speedway as a competitor. Yes, TVS Racing has given us media personal a chance to get a first hand track experience. Under the YOUNG MEDIA RACER PROGRAM, 12 journalists and motovloggers from different parts of the country were chosen. We received a training session last month on the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai under the guidance of our instructor Harry Sylvester, a six time national champion Jagan kumar and KY Ahamad.
Here we were shown videos and trained step by step about the basics of motorcycle racing, it’s rules and tricks. The team at TVS Racing was really patient and we were given all the attention we needed. Harry Sylvester was patient enough to answer all our queries and questions whereas Jagan Kumar and KY Ahamad led us in two different teams on the track.
Every time a new thing was thought to us. We would get back on to the track to apply what we learnt. Step by step, one at a time so that we do not get confused by the information overload. They also made sure each and every participant got a chance to ride right behind our instructors to closely observe what was being thought to us.
Being a first timer on the track I felt very comfortable and confident. TVS provided us with full racing gear except for we had to carry our own DOT CERTIFIED, DOUBLE D RING HELMETS.
We got our hands on the race spec modified TVS APACHE 200.4V with a slipper clutch. The bike handled superbly and went around the corners like a piece of cake. I was surprised to learn what all this bike is capable to do on track. Lots of track technicalities were inculcated into our minds. Including braking, riding posture, turning for apex, checking the entry points, how to enter a turn and how to exit a turn at maximum possible speed. We were explained exactly where we should place our feet while not changing gears and how much should be the % ratio of braking and how to divide the braking efficiently between the front and rear brakes. To make things easier, the track was even temporarily marked so as to get a better judgment and make learning easier. Our instructors made sure as to give as much as personal attention to each of my fellow riders.
Apart from basics, we were educated about the various rules one has to follow on the track, the flags and penalties. A start off so as to not pop a wheelie and if we do, we were also trained on how to control it without falling. We were shown training related videos, slides and some racing related motivational videos made by TVS.
We were also provided with contact numbers for our trainers and instructors so as to call them and get our future queries answered. The team at TVS is always happy to oblige and open to feedback and suggestions. By the end of our training session all of us participants had also become good friends and enjoyed learning together as a team.
How to make a smart decision while buying a used car?
We are always worried while buying a used car. We always have the worry of getting fooled. We have heard about being fooled by used car dealers, banks and even some third parties during any kind of dealing in used car.. With a new car it is still simpler as there is a set price from the automaker. There is a sticker price. Whereas, used car buying and selling is a tricky business. The fact is, used car dealers and banks are used to deal with people on a daily basis for cars and we aren’t. They are much more experienced in this process. They can manipulate things, especially with the pricing. Hence, we recommend you to read these five crucial steps and understand how to tackle used car dealers for getting the best deals. (more…)
5 cars we wish were on sale in India
Ford F-150 Raptor
We have seen this thing fly, swim and climb. Videos of the Ford Raptor pick-up truck doing something other than driving in traffic will always do well. The Raptor is a full size American pickup truck with a setup that is inspired for the Baja rally. This truck is now powered by a 3.5-litre EcoBoost rather than a V8. But that is okay because of it still has the power to make this radical truck jump from mountains into dunes. If the budding truck scene in India ever explodes, Ford please put our names down for one with the Black Ops livery.
There is already one muscle car in India. But with the supercar and performance scene getting hotter in India, we really hope another outlaw from Detroit lands here soon. Dodge makes a muscle car called the Demon which is an 800bhp street stripped muscle car that can do a sub-10 second quarter mile pass. This is thing comes prepped from the factory to go drag racing with slicks and a full kit. Imagine a cold winter night, on Mumbai’s Marine Drive, this car pulls up next to a 5.0 Mustang. Imagine the carnage.
Skoda Octavia Combi
Our affair with estate cars in India ended as quickly as khaleesi’s marriage to Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones. It was a love story too good for this world. But we haven’t forgotten them. And I haven’t forgotten the Octavia Combi. They are good looking, super practical and sometimes like the super expensive Audi RS6 shows us, great sleepers that can hunt down supercars.
Subaru WRX STi
The car that was breed for rallying and making the Mitsubishi Lancer quake at WRC, it’s the Subaru WRX STi. It can keep up with supercars on a racetrack and can give some sports cars a pretty good thrashing. The beating it can take off road with its AWD system is legendary. If they ever come to India, we want one with a metallic blue paint job and massive gold MOMO alloys.
Yes, it’s bigger than a ‘normal car’. Yes, it would be a commercial vehicle in India. But this could be the car that kicks off the whole caravaning culture in India. It has a bathroom, a bed, a shower, a desk, a kitchen. It is your ideal home away from home. We would love one if we every need to shoot a few videos for a few days straight.
These are the cars that we want? Which cars do you want in India?
7 steps to follow while buying a used car
Buying a used car is a complicated process. So far, our market isn’t organised and this makes it difficult for the buyers to pick up the correct car. There has been no authority to state anything on the used car valuation. Here we share with you, seven simple steps to purchase a used car which will help you get a good deal on used cars. (more…)
BMW G310R launched at ₹ 2.99 lakhs (ex-showroom)
The BMW G310R has been launched at 2.99 lakhs (ex-showroom). Buyers have been waiting for its launch, ever since it was first revealed. The bike was also showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The BMW tag is expected to pull crowd and a high response for this bike is expected. G310R is expected to be the volume churner for BMW. The company has a partnership with TVS, who will be contract manufacturing this motorcycle under BMW brand. This bike will be manufactured for BMW at their Hosur plant. Infact, there will be many common components with the TVS Apache 310 RR. This includes the engine, chassis, brakes, alloy wheels and few more parts. The bike will be tuned in a different manner and also the styling of the G310R will be unique. This is a naked design, which is also very popular among riders.
First seen at EICMA 2015, the G310R is now being sold in several European and American markets. Some South Asian markets are also selling this bike. The TVS BMW G310R is likely to be priced lower than the KTM Duke 390. This will also be one of the attractions in addition to the BMW badge. While it will not be as powerful or feature loaded as the Duke 390, it will pack in enough juice for the price tag it will come at. Read further about the BMW G310R Price in India, Specifications, Power, Top Speed and all other details.
BMW G310R shall be an exciting product to consider. The 300-400cc segment has been heating up and BMW with its brand name will have an added advantage if priced well.
Electric Scooter to Ladakh – Episode 1
We ride Okinawa Praise to Ladakh! This is our first episode, where we take the Okinawa Praise – an electric scooter from Gurgaon to Ambala in the first leg. Check out all the details.
7 Tips to protect your car from rains!
We have shared the following tips to protect your car from rains. Follow these and your car is safe for this monsoon. What all has to be done? Check out our video on 7 Tips to protect your car from rains.
What are the tips?
- Free car check-up: Get your car check up done for free. Almost all car makers will offer you free car check up in monsoon and this will be apt for your car too. If anything majorly wrong, you can get that checked and rectified immediately.
- Tyres: Get your tyres inspected. These are one of the most vital part of your car. As these are the only things that touch the road. Ensure that your tyre treading is sufficient and if not, then replace immediately. If the tyres have crossed an age of more than 4-5 years, then too replace them at once. Ensure your spare tyre has air in it and it isn’t puncture. You will not want to get stuck in the rains with 2 flats instead of one.
- Wipers: Again one of the most essential things. Always replace your wipers at the start or just before monsoon. It is important. This is because the rubber on the wipers hardens in summer heat and this means not proper cleaning during the rains.
- Cloth: Never remove the fog of your windscreen from inside with your hand. This will leave finger prints on them and will affect your vision. Its advisable to use a piece of clean cloth for the same.
- Your safety: For your safety, always ensure your tool kit has all the equipment. All the First Aid Kit medicines are valid and not expired.
- Always charged: Ensure you have enough water in the car to drink and something to eat also. Carry sufficient power charge or mobile charging cable so your mobile doesn’t run out of juice.
- Fragrance: Your car shouldn’t be moist and stinky. For this purpose ensure, you have a air freshner in the car. Add newspaper on your floor mats if they are made of fabric and change them weekly or twice a week if needed. The better solution is to replace your mats in the rain with rubber or plastic ones. These are easier to maintain and clean in the rains.
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2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Automatic (CVT) launched at ₹ 7.8 lakhs (on-road)
The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was launched earlier this year. Now the automatic (CVT) variant has been introduced, the prices of which start at ₹ 7.8 lakhs for the Magna variant and ₹ 9.3 lakhs for Asta variant (on-road, Delhi). With this launch the i20 gets better options. The good part is that unlike earlier, the automatic now comes in two variants – Magna and Asta. The CVT comes only in petrol. The diesel version come with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic in the diesel version. The Elite i20 2018 gets cosmetic changes and some added features.
The dimensions of the car are the same as earlier. There is no change in the overall length or height. The interior space is also the same. The Elite i20 car is priced similar to what it was earlier. The engines shall be the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines on offer. There are many new features on offer. Hyundai will raise the bar in this segment with many new features on the i20. Things that have gone missing will now be offered on this vehicle. The Korean auto maker has seen a major growth in this segment and now with the Baleno in the market, Hyundai will want to enhance the premium hatchback even further. We new i20 car is offered with a lot of brownies, and there are some first-in-class as well.
Hyundai Elite i20 2018
The new Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift needs to meet the standard the hatchback has already set in the market. It is a difficult task, but if it is achieved then the brand will achieve success with it.
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Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta Comparison
The name Innova is synonymous with utility vehicles in India. The completion has never managed to come close to the Innova in terms of sales and popularity. Tata had tried to challenge the Innova with the Aria, however it did not achieve much success. The new Toyota Innova Crysta came as a new generation vehicle and offers more options, better features and space. Tata too has upped its game and had launched the Hexa. The Tata Hexa competes squarely with the Toyota Innova Crysta. Both the MUVs offer good features, are spacious and also high on utility. They both also offer an automatic transmission. Both vehicles set a new benchmark in this segment in terms of looks, styling and features. Let’s see the Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta comparison.
Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota Innova Crysta doesn’t just have a higher price but it gets additional features too. The Japanese MUV feels more premium than the Hexa on the inside.