Lamborghini recently put the Indian automobile space on fire when it launched the much awaited Aventador LP 700-4 in the national capital. Brought in by Exclusive Motors – distributors of Lamborghini in India, the Aventador is said to redefine the sports car segment as it is not only one step forward, but two leaps ahead of the competition claimed the Italian sports car maker during its launch. However the beauty of this machine is its heavy and intricate carbon fiber research along with the development of technologies which make it stand out from others.
The high point of this supercar is its monocoque chassis which is made up of carbon fiber resulting in higher levels of stiffness and safety. There is a 6498cc, 12 cylinder engine that is said to produce an astounding 700 bhp and 690 Nm of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission provides its services to help this demon achieve a claimed top speed of 350km/h. The Aventador accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. For increased safety, there is a permanent all-wheel-drive system which lets the driver choose between Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track) modes. The push-rod suspension has been inspired from Formula One and specifically tuned for road use. With all the bells and whistles, the Aventador LP 700-4 will cost a cool Rs. 3.69 (Crore ex-showroom Delhi) to the Indian customer.
Ferrari FF Launched
Ferrari could not have thought of a better way to celebrate their podium finish at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, than introduce its first four-wheel drive four-seater saloon; the FF, into its 58th market in the world; India. The GT was presented by Ferrari at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 and now the company has added the FF to the range of its offerings in India. This 612 Scaglietti replacement accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and boasts of a top speed of 335 km/h and quite obviously Ferrari says that’s it’s the fastest four-seat automobile.
At the heart of this beast beats a 6.3-litre V12 engine, which produces 651 bhp and 683Nm of torque. It’s got the 7-speed double-clutch semi-automatic paddle shift system which was earlier seen in the California and the 458 Italia. Well, if you thought that power was its only forte, think again, the FF gets a rear infotainment system with two screens and a 1280 Watts, 16-channel stereo system with Dolby Surround sound. With stunning looks and features, the FF is priced at Rs. 3.42 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The prancing horse has galloped a long way and everyone knows that there will be more stallions from this Italian stable in the near future.
Jaguar Land Rover launch the Evoque
The much awaited SUV, Range Rover Evoque has finally arrived in India. In a recent unveiling in Mumbai, the Indian-owned British automobile manufacturer showcased the Evoque – the latest generation of their famous model the Range Rover. A compact SUV which went into production in July this year, it boosts of bold and sophisticated design along with the legendary Land Rover all-terrain technologies.
There are two variants available on the Evoque, one which is a Coupe offering a petrol engine while the other is a 5-door with a diesel unit under its hood. Like the two models, the trims also differ as there are 3 options on the 5-door which include Pure, Prestige, Dynamic while the Coupe is only available in the dynamic form. Prices for the all new Range Rover Evoque start at rs. 44.75 lacs (ex-showroom Mumbai).
Ghost extended wheelbase Launched
Rolls Royce Motor Cars launched the extended wheelbase version of the Ghost at their swanky new showroom which opened in the national capital. The newest member of the Rolls Royce family, the new Ghost is 170mm longer than the previous model and is priced at rs. 3.5 crores. This ultra-long Ghost, keeping to the tradition of all other Rolls-Royce cars, can be personalised according to the needs and preferences of the customer and one can choose anything from a custom paint job to individualizing the interiors.
The launch of the car also provided with the perfect platform to cut the ribbon of a brand new showroom for the British marquee. The 702 square-meter showroom can displaying four cars and accommodates a customer lounge. The lounge will also double up as the customization area and would offer an array of wood and leather samples for the customers to choose from.
Honda reveals its 4th-Gen CR-V
Year-after-year, if one wonders why people have become fans of a Japenese company that made a phenomenal case for itself when it was introduced itself in India, they will go ballistic if they know what’s going to come their way next year. Honda had already made heads turn and people fall in love with their SUV – the CR-V, and now they are looking to open a whole new chapter in that direction as they plan to bring out a new, improved and futuristic side of the car in the coming year. Having already made its debut at the LA Auto Show, the CR-V has already received accolades for its looks and a lot of excitement surrounds it as it makes its way here in India.
Frankly, Honda has had a poor run over the last year or so, with the only new car being the Brio, if you discount the revived Jazz. But then again, they look hungry for more and would want to repeat the response the old CR-V received here. The 2012 CR-V will be a CBU and will be imported to India from the company’s manufacturing plant in Swindon, UK and the US and the UK markets will be the first to see Honda’s newest entrant.
Under the hood of the new CR-V breathes a 2.4-litre iVTec engine which punches out 185bhp and we will also see Honda’s electronically controlled all-wheel drive make its way into the car. While the US and the UK markets will get the 5-speed automatic transmission as standard, we will have to wait and see if it’s the same in India as well. While the safety features are up-to-date, Honda is planning to load it with some great in-car entertainment features as well. The car will be in India in 2012, though Honda is tight-lipped about when it’s planning to come out with it but we think that the Auto Expo in Delhi might just be a great platform for them to showcase their vehicle to the Indian customers. It’s worth the wait and this may just be the one car to bring Honda back into the competition with a bang.