Fast & furious

Driving at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida in a Lamborghini, one can hardly wait for the 60kmph pit lane to end to give the car some gas. Flooring the right foot as one exits it will suddenly turn what was a burble coming from behind the driver into a scream, with the engine spinning up and the car surging forward. One would want the feeling to go on, but has to brake hard for Turn 1. Two turns later, one hits the long back straight. A high-performance car will easily top 250kmph here, with every upshift snapping the driver’s helmet against the head restraint. That audio track, that flood of power and that adrenaline rush... heady indeed!
Abhijit Mitra Jun 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Fuel formula

An average person would run a car for 10,000km a year; it would take more than seven years to rack up that mileage. With most owners swapping cars after about five years, chances are that in terms of costs one would be better off driving a petrol.
Abhijit Mitra Jun 10, 2018 00:00 IST

Biking is an escape from pressures — Karen Davidson goes full throttle with t2

Karen Davidson told us she was a bit of both — powerful and a rebel. You couldn’t have missed how soft-spoken she was or how full-throatedly she laughed. The creative director of Harley-Davidson’s general merchandise line, and the great-granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder William A. Davidson, was in town for the launch of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle store at South City Mall, the first in any metro city in India. She was dressed in the colours of the 115-year-old brand — if the black was on her tee, pants and boots, the orange was on her nails. t2 caught up with the California-based Karen.
May 30, 2018 00:00 IST

Smooth operator

Had it not been for Chikkaballapura, it’s unlikely that we’d have had a chance to really check the mettle of the new Honda Amaze CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic with the petrol engine. This town about 35km from Bangalore airport is also the headquarters of the district of the same name.
May 20, 2018 00:00 IST

High Roller

Rolls-Royce (RR) has almost made a virtue of being verbose. Last week it rolled out the Cullinan, what it described as “an authentic, three-box, high-bodied, all-terrain car”. Everyone else calls them SUVs. Named after one of the biggest diamonds in the world, it is squarely being aimed at successful, young buyers. 
Abhijit Mitra May 13, 2018 00:00 IST

Rent a luxe ride

You don’t have to be a millionaire to drive like one. You can live out your driving fantasies with high-end self-drive rental cars. Available are luxury vehicles that start from brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, whose least expensive models cost somewhere around Rs 30 lakh, and go up to the Rs 4-crore-plus Rolls-Royce Phantoms. If GT coupes and supercars are what you crave for, then you can get models like the Ford Mustang or the Lamborghini too. There’s a price to pay, of course, but not one that will break your bank. And all you need are a valid driving licence that’s a few years old and an identity proof.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 29, 2018 00:00 IST

Mercedes-Benz India is taking the tech lead

Mercedes-Benz India CEO Roland Folger talks to t2 about taking the technology lead in the auto industry by launching the Bharat Stage VI compliant S-Class and the way his company’s planning to go. Excerpts.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Blast from the past

Royal Enfield (RE), which has been cashing in on its ‘heritage’ chops to become the global leader in the mid-size motorcycle segment, has opened the first Royal Enfield Vintage store in Chennai. This store deals exclusively in pre-owned, refurbished and restored motorcycles, and is the first instance in India where a manufacturer is offering restoration services for its older models.
Abhijit Mitra Apr 01, 2018 00:00 IST

High GST may force Toyota to drop hybrid Camry from Indian market

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, India's sixth largest carmaker by sales, may drop the hybrid version of its Camry as the 43  per cent  Goods & Services Tax (GST) on the category since July 2017 is killing it.
Anasuya Basu Mar 27, 2018 13:11 IST

A royal ride

Rolling down Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road, we were checking out the array of buttons and controls around the driver’s seat in the just-launched Mercedes-Benz S350d. Diesels account for over 90 per cent of the S-Class’s sales in India. So that’s what we were trying out when we spotted two smallish, black buttons on the dash between the steering column and the door.
Mar 18, 2018 00:00 IST

Beat the heat

In a hot country like India, staying cool is a challenge for both man and car. And dust makes it even more difficult. Also, as the mercury soars, the air-conditioning in the car tends to give up if it hasn’t been properly serviced. Here’s what to do to make sure your car continues to run without a hitch.
Abhijit Mitra Mar 11, 2018 00:00 IST


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