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F1 supplier Mulholland Automotive unveils its first car – Legend 480 coupe
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F1 supplier Mulholland Automotive unveils its first car – Legend 480 coupe

Mulholland Group, a British company that manufactures composite parts for cars that race in Formula One and the World Rally Championship (WRC), unveiled a coupe called Legend 480. The company is taking its first steps as an automaker. The Legend 480 Coupe follows the blueprint of the classic TVR British sports car.  The Legend 480 denotes the presence of a 480-horsepower V8 engine under the long hood. Other details (like the coupe's weight) are under wraps, too. It should be relatively light, though. Twenty years of making racing components helped Mulholland design a state-of-the-art carbon fiber chassis that keeps the two-seater's mass in check.  The turbocharged 480 coupe was conceived by the famous former TVR designer Damian Mctaggart. Currently available for preo...
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe leaked. Debut soon
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2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe leaked. Debut soon

Here are the leaked images of the new BMW 4 Series and the car now gets a massive twin-kidney grille !! The front grille is for real, signaling a whole new corporate face for future BMWs. The design is based on the Concept 4 unveiled last year. If you can learn to live with the grille, the rest of the car has some beautiful lines. It is flanked by twin-pod LED headlights. The front bumper has also been completely redesigned. The car has fewer feature lines on the sides giving it a cleaner look. At the rear, it gets slimmer tail lamp clusters with typical L-shaped LEDs. The reveal of the 2021 BMW 4 Series will take place next week on June 3rd. The corona pandemic is still a hindrance and that means the debut will take place online. Source: instagram.com/bmworldm
2021 Mustang Mach 1 to debut with 5.0-liter V-8 engine
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2021 Mustang Mach 1 to debut with 5.0-liter V-8 engine

Ford has finally confirmed it will bring back the Mach 1 nameplate to the Mustang lineup. Set to debut in Spring 2021, the Mach 1 will be powered by Ford's 5.0-liter V-8 powertrain. Ford has yet to release any specifications on the car this time, suggesting only that it will fall between the V-8-powered Mustang GT and hardcore, track-ready Shelby variants in the car's trim lineup.  For the past two years, the special-edition Mustang Bullitt has bridged the gap between the GT and Shelby models, but now that spot will be taken by the Mach 1. The Mach 1 will be more track-ready compared to the Bullitt.
2020 Datsun redi-Go launched. Priced from INR. 2.83 lakh
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2020 Datsun redi-Go launched. Priced from INR. 2.83 lakh

Datsun has launched the 2020 Redi-Go at a price of Rs 2.83 lakh and top model costs Rs 4.77 lakh. The Datsun Redi-Go is a small hatchback with a tall boy design and competes with cars such as the Maruti Alto 800, Renault Kwid and Maruti S-Presso in the entry-level hatchback segment.  The car is powered by a BSVI compliant 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 54PS of power and 73Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and the company claims a fuel economy of 20.71kmpl. And the 1.0-litre petrol engine pushes 68PS of power and 91Nm of torque and this engine is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed automatic gearbox as well. The facelifted Datsun Redi-GO BS6 version gets cosmetic updates to give it a fresh look. The entire fr...
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R launched in India at Rs 2.48 Crore
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R launched in India at Rs 2.48 Crore

Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2020 AMG GT R in the Indian market. The new Mercedes-AMG GT R is available with a price tag starting at Rs 2.48 crore, ex-showroom (India). The 2020 AMG GT R facelift continues to draw motivation from a 4.0-litre Biturbo V8, which churns out 585PS and 700 Nm and manages a 0-100kmph sprint in 3.6s flat, on its way to a top whack of 317kmph. The power is fed to the rear wheels via a 7-speed transmission. The GT R features mixed tyre and wheel sizes, ceramic brakes and rear-axle steering for optimum control and agility. The engine plays its soundtrack and the crackles and pops through a three-pot active exhaust system made in titanium. The new AMG GT R comes with a number of subtle updates and revisions over the previous model as part of its mid-cy...
2020 BMW 5 Series facelift revealed
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2020 BMW 5 Series facelift revealed

BMW has revealed 5 Series facelift internationally which include new technology and engines, and the introduction of a 530hp M Performance variant. Exterior changes for the 5 Series are concentrated on the front grille, which is now wider and positioned lower than before. It also receives a new single-frame design, with a central element in chrome, and sits within a reprofiled front bumper. Further along there is a new look to the alloy wheels while the tail-lamps get the same L-shaped 3D effect we've seen on newer BMWs. Lastly, the rear bumper too has been reworked, chromed exhaust surrounds have been added here too. The M-Sport version has also been redesigned to look a bit sharper than before. The cabin has evolved over the current version and the new BMW 5 Series wel...
Mansory Rolls-Royce Cullinan with surfboard
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Mansory Rolls-Royce Cullinan with surfboard

Purists and die-hard fans weren’t impressed when Rolls-Royce announced its plans to build an SUV, but the British high-end manufacturer had little choice but to cash in on the booming market for high-riding luxury cars. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the brands first-ever SUV and became its best-selling model and a fashion accessory for one-percenters. Tuning companies like Mansory have made much better-looking versions over the stock Cullinan. They have decades of experience refining all kinds of cars, including Rolls-Royces. Talking about this particular Cullinan, it features Mansory body kit which makes the SUV look more sporty. The front bumper is completely new, adding carbon-fiber wings and extra intakes. The Cullinan also comes with quad exhaust tips, a diffuser and trunk sp...
Skoda Karoq launched. Single fully-loaded version available at INR 24.99 lakh
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Skoda Karoq launched. Single fully-loaded version available at INR 24.99 lakh

First showcased in India at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Karoq features Skoda’s family SUV design language in line with the Kodiaq. In fact, the overall look is much akin to a scaled-down Kodiaq with similar clean cut lines and sharp detailing. As it is Imported to India as a CBU under the 2,500-car import rule, the Karoq is priced higher than some like-sized midsize SUVs. This five-seat SUV is available in a single fully-loaded version and is available only with a petrol engine.  Powering Skoda’s new SUV is a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine from the Volkswagen Group’s TSI engine family. This unit is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sends 150hp and 250Nm of torque to the front wheels. The Karoq's WLTP rated combined fuel economy figure is 14.49kpl. The Karoq ...
2020 Skoda Superb . Petrol-only model available in two trims
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2020 Skoda Superb . Petrol-only model available in two trims

Skoda India launched the facelift version of its popular Superb sedan with prices starting at Rs 29.99 lakh and going up to Rs 32.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). Compared to the outgoing model, 2020 Superb prices start about Rs 4 lakh higher. There are two trims on offer with the refreshed Superb – Sportline and Laurin & Klement (L&K). The facelift version of the Skoda Superb sedan will come with several upgrades compared to its older versions. For a start, the facelift version will get a remastered bumper at the front, narrower LED headlights, updated grille, along with a slew of other styling tweaks. Inside, the updated Superb gets Skoda’s digital instrument cluster along with the addition of wireless phone charging and an updated 8.0-inch infotainment system. ...
Datsun Redi-GO BS6 reaches dealership. Launch soon
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Datsun Redi-GO BS6 reaches dealership. Launch soon

The Datsun Redi-GO has been spotted arriving at dealerships ahead of its launch in India. The company had earlier teased the upcoming Redi-GO facelift model on its official website revealing few design changes. The most significant visual change is the new front fascia with a bigger grille, tall L-shaped LED daytime running lights and sleeker headlamps. It seems unchanged from the profile but the 2020 redi-GO does get new wheel covers and extra badging on the front fenders. The top-spec variant will get fancier wheels. The rear end looks unchanged apart from an updated layout of the new LED elements in the tail lamps. The model spotted at the dealership could be an entry-level trim as it sports only a Two-DIN audio unit rather than the touch-screen infotainment display t...
BS6 Skoda Rapid TSI launched. Prices start INR 7.49 lakh
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BS6 Skoda Rapid TSI launched. Prices start INR 7.49 lakh

Skoda has launched the 2020 Rapid 1.0 TSI with prices starting at Rs 7.49 lakh and going up to Rs 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). This is the first BS6 Skoda car to have been launched. Skoda’s compact sedan is now powered by the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol TSI engine that has an output of 110PS of power and 175Nm of torque. It is offered with the choice of a 6-speed manual or a new 6-speed automatic transmission. This replaces the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. It is the same powertrain that is offered in its sister model, the BS6 Volkswagen Vento. The BS6 Rapid does not offer the quick-shifting DSG (dual-clutch automatic) option anymore like the VW. VariantBS6 PriceBS4 Price (1.6-litre petrol)RiderRs 7.49 lakhRs 6.99 lakh (limited edition)ActiveDiscontinuedRs 8....
Rolls-Royce Cullinan 1:8 scale model – takes 450 hours to build & costs $17,000
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Rolls-Royce Cullinan 1:8 scale model – takes 450 hours to build & costs $17,000

The famed British automaker is now offering a 1:8 scale replica of its first utility vehicle - the Cullinan. At one-eighth scale, this faithful replica of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan measures more than 26 inches long, 10 inches wide, and nine inches tall, and lives in a display case that is more than three feet long. Seriously, if it weren't for the gloved hands in these photos, it would be nearly impossible to tell that this is a scale model.  Constructed from over 1,000 individual parts, it takes R-R's craftspeople about 450 hours to build, or more than half the time needed to build an actual Cullinan, though it lacks none of the real SUV's detail or finish. The model Cullinan starts at $17,000 (Rs 12.90 lakh). If that sounds like a hefty sum for a model car, it’s actually at ...
Knight Rider – piece of the 1980s pop culture we still remember
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Knight Rider – piece of the 1980s pop culture we still remember

Undoubtedly, Knight Rider - piece of the 1980s pop culture is fondly remembered today. Although hardly a top-quality TV show, Knight Rider offered something for everybody: while kids watched it for the adventures of the super-intelligent car KITT, David Hasselhoff provided a little eye candy for the older crowd. https://youtu.be/oNyXYPhnUIs Debuting in 1982, David Hasselhoff and his Pontiac Firebird Trans Am named KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) , the show ran for four seasons and 90 episodes, with a number of TV movies and short-lived revivals to follow. Michael Arthur Long (David Hasselhoff) was an L.A. cop working undercover until shot in the face and left for dead in the desert. Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart), an eccentric billionaire and founder of Knight Industrie...
Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. Limited to 250 units
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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. Limited to 250 units

Triumph has rolled out the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition, a limited edition of their Scrambler 1200 XE, featured in 'No Time To Die' the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. In the movie, 007 is seen to race through the crowded city streets, leaping huge ramps and generally causing mayhem on Triumph’s successful retro-styled off-roader. The motorcycle features unique 007 design scheme and the production will be limited to only 250 units across the globe. It is powered by a 1200cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox that pushes 90PS of power and pulls 110Nm of torque. The bike features a Brembo braking system with dual-channel ABS, LED headlamps, cornering ABS, traction control, heated grips, illuminated backlit switches, torque-assist clutch, cruis...
Toyota Innova Crysta Ambulance donated to Indonesian Red Cross
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Toyota Innova Crysta Ambulance donated to Indonesian Red Cross

Various automobile companies and brands are doing whatever they can in order to help their countries deal with the novel coronavirus. Joining the league of such companies is Toyota-Astra Motor. The company has donated five modified units of Innova to Red Cross and the Indonesian Ministry of Health to help them in combating the COVID-19 disease. Toyota Innova Crysta, known as Toyota Kijang Innova in Indonesia, is an extremely spacious and comfortable mid-size MPV. The Indonesia-spec model is quite different from the one we have in India. It is available with two engine options.  The first one is a 2.0-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-4 petrol engine. This motor is capable of producing 137 PS and 182 Nm of peak power and torque figures, respectively. The second option is a 2.5-l...
BMW Motorrad rides in F 900 R and F 900 XR to India. Bookings open
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BMW Motorrad rides in F 900 R and F 900 XR to India. Bookings open

BMW Motorrad India has launched its F 900 twins in India. While the F 900 R is available in only the Standard variant, at INR 9.90 lakh, the F 900 XR sports tourer is available in two variants – Standard (Rs 10.50 lakh) and Pro (Rs 11.50 lakh). The bikes are imported as CBUs and bookings for both bikes open today. These two motorcycles were unveiled at the 2019 EICMA in Milan and have been launched in the middle of 2020, as planned. BMW F 900 R Powering the bikes is a new 895cc, inline-twin engine that is based on the 2018 BMW F 850 GS' motor, albeit with a slightly larger bore (by 2mm) and higher compression ratio. The displacement has been increased from 853cc. Also, the power output has been increased to 105PS from 95PS in the GS. The torque rating, however, has bee...
5 badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles with Automatic Transmission
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5 badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles with Automatic Transmission

Are scooter riders considered as motorcyclists? Surely, a true motorcyclist must be well versed in controlling each and every aspect of the motorcycle - chief of which would be navigating the transmission, right. A scooter rider, on the other hand, has to simply control the throttle and nothing else. These days, however, two wheeled vehicles with automatic transmissions are no longer limited to the scooter world. There are indeed quite a number of badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles sporting automatic transmissions. Here are 5 badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles sporting automatic transmissions.  Honda NC750X The Honda NC750X is a touring motorcycle with a 745cc parallel twin. Featuring a six-speed DC...
Kawasaki W800 BS6 gets price cut of INR 1 lakh
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Kawasaki W800 BS6 gets price cut of INR 1 lakh

The retro-styled Kawasaki W800 was launched in India in July 2019. When launched, the W800 was priced at INR 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). Kawasaki India has just revealed updated BS6 model prices, as of April 1, 2020,and the W800 is now listed at INR 6.99 lakh, which is a full INR. 1 lakh price drop. Nothing much has changed on the bike and all the specifications remain more or less the same. The W800’s 773cc, fuel-injected, SOHC, air-cooled unit makes 52hp at 6,500rpm and 62.9Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. The style is straightforward retro, but with clean and minimalist. There isn’t much new-age technology, but you do get a full-LED headlamp and a slipper clutch. The bike comes with dual-channel ABS. Suspension is taken care of by a 41mm telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. The wheels...
BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets first price hike since launch
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BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets first price hike since launch

Royal Enfield has silently increased the prices for the BS6 Himalayan. The BS6 version was launched earlier this year at a starting price of INR 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Now, the company has hiked the prices by INR 2,754 raising the starting price to INR 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Granite Black colour of the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The BS6 iteration of the Himalayan comes in 6 colours options - Lake Blue, Rock Red, Gravel Grey, Sleet Grey, Granite Black & Snow White. The Granite Black and Snow White are priced at INR 189,565 while the Sleet Grey and Gravel Grey are priced at INR 192,318. The Rock Red and Lake Blue colours are priced at INR 194,154. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. Apart from the price hike of around INR 2,754, the dual-sport motorcycle...
2021 Porsche 911 Targa makes its debut with all-wheel drive
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2021 Porsche 911 Targa makes its debut with all-wheel drive

Coupé, Cabriolet and now the Targa !! One of Porsche's most iconic iterations of the 911, the Targa, becomes the third model to be brought into the eighth generation 992 lineup. The Targa, which gets a virtual debut in lieu of the canceled 2020 Beijing Motor Show, makes its entrance on the Carrera 4 and 4S models. The distinguishing feature of the Targa remains its innovative, fully automatic roof system and, just like the legendary original Targa model from 1965, it features a characteristic wide roll hoop, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. The roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds. It is powered by a six-cylinder, three-litre boxer engine with twin turbochargers: the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 379 HP and, in combin...