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  1. ^ That render shouts VW Crossblue/Atlas SUV.
  2. FYI - The current model on sale & the model in these spy pics both are "2nd generation". Hence the one spotted is the 2nd gen refresh / facelift.
  3. Hi Vikky, thanks for your appreciation. Yes this was a difficult video to make, but glad it turned out well & everyone's enjoyed watching it. Regards !
  4. ^ This video has a lot of behind the wheel action; And Stunning visuals with unadulterated driving scenes; Some information about the Stelvio Pass; - The Stelvio Pass is the 3rd highest (2758m) mountain pass in the Alps, but surely the most dramatic pass in Italy. - In fact Top Gear voted this ' The Best Driving Road ' back in 2008. - Stelvio pass can be accessed from both Switzerland & Italy. I started from the Italian side of the Pass, its supposedly more scenic, has faster corners giving liberty to actually push the car. - The road is too narrow to attempt an overtake, but yeah you can easily get around slow cyclists or 2 wheelers. - Overall i visited the Stelvio Pass on a Sunday (late afternoon/early evening) & got relatively less traffic than what i had read online. - The Stelvio Pass has about 48 hair pin turns so driving there is like Hard Right, accelerate in 1st to redline shift to 2nd (Wheelspin), accelrate in 3rd gear then brake for a Hard left, accelerate hard again, soon Hard Right & goes on... - All the turns are marked on the stones & sign boards like 46,47 & so on to help you know that if you have reached the top or not. - The car i chose for driving at the Stelvio Pass was the iconic Fiat 124 Spider. Fiat 124 Spider; - The 124 spider has a very 1960's style retro styling, but is a very unique car as though being an Italian sportscar it has a lot of Japanese engineering (based on the Mazda MX-5). - Strangely the styling, long bonnet, overhangs etc reminded me of the Dodge Viper. - 124 Spider is powered by the 1.4 Multi Air Turbo Petrol motor producing aprox 140bhp & 240nm & all the power goes to the Rear wheels (RWD). - Above specifications only tell half the story as this roadster is light weight (1050kgs aprox) capable of doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in only 7.5 seconds. - Yes, it was a MANUAL TRANSMISSION - The M/T box wasn't the most slick shifting (specially downshifts) & while driving aggressively i did happen to grind gears (as seen in the video @ 3:30). - The engine however peppy did suffer from turbo lag in such an mountain pass & hence my right hand was always busy shifting gears while filming the video. - Interestingly the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo was not that refined to be honest. - The low centre of gravity of the 124 aids in the handling is properly spot on & thats exactly what you would want on a mountain road like this. - The tyres were thin 205's on 17" rims which were inducing oversteer easily as seen in the video. But overall even after breaking traction the rear end continued t behave predictably. - The roof (fabric) opens/closes easily within seconds but ' Manually ' - Loved the interiors. - Doing the Stelvio Pass in an retro Italian Roadster was indeed a blissful feeling. - Overall the Fiat 124 Spider being a lightweight, quick, manual, RWD roadster was indeed a good recipe to have fun at the Stelvio Pass.
  5. Few months back i was in Austria driving the all new Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This is Alfa Romeo's 1st SUV & what an attempt at making one, it truly is a proper Alfa to the very core. ^ I am driving the 2.2 Diesel version & in this video i talk about its engine performance, handling & the entire Alfa Experience it offers.
  6. The 1st prototype of the next gen S-Class has been spotted; Should launch in 2020 as a 2021 model. Source: Motorauthority
  7. Thanks Vikky. Well, the only hybrid BMW launched other than the i8 was the 'Active Hybrid' 7 series.
  8. Likes; - Engine - Handling & Ride Quality Balance - Gearbox - Feature Packed Dislikes; - Front Looks (I thought this would grow on me slowly but sadly this new front end looks good with the M Sport variant only) - 530d pricing in India is too steep & no availability as its apparently sold out. - Even with the increase in overall dimensions the Rear is still not exactly spacious. Key Observations & Highlights; - Externally the new 5 series has majorly 3 highlighting features which include the Headlights integrating into the grille with the presence of air flaps on the kidney grille. Secondly on the side profile the Air breather which is an air 'outlet' behind the front wheel well which diverts the air flowing into wheel well in a very controlled manner to reduce the turbulence in the wheel well, all of this resulting in a reduction of drag & fuel consumption & finally the Trunk as for the 1st time the trunk is made entirely of aluminium which it wasnt in the F10 (nor any other previous generations), and by this BMW achieved a weight reduction of 4.2Kgs just by the trunk. - Dimensionally the new G30 is 44mm longer, 8mm wider & 15mm taller than the outgoing F10 model. The wheelbase has also increased by 7mm. - However, the use of die-cast aluminium & light weight construction technique the G30 is aprox 46kgs lighter than the previous gen 5 series (F10). - There is no 'Carbon Core' use in the construction of the G30 like we see in the G11/12 7'er. - The Hofmeister kink is more accentuated for the G30. - Interestingly there are some changes in the G30's wheel PCD which is now 5x112 as against F10's 5x120. Also the Wheel hubs dimension has changed to 66.5mm for the G30 as against 72.5mm of the F10. - The interiors are a definite step forward. Simply LOVED the iDrive, HUD (has a 70% larger projection surface) & all the gadgetry. - The door pockets could have been larger & also the cup holders were a bit small. - The AC was disappointing i somehow feel the blower speed was responsible for this. - Cabin insulation seems an improvement as BMW seemed to have added a layer of insulation in the headliner as well now which makes the cabin a lot quieter compared to the previous model. - They have also changed the setting of the Start stop system, for example if i am in comfort mode and i turn off the start stop fuel saving system and change the mode to ecopro for sometime where this system is ON but again when i go back comfort the car remembers i had turned off the system & remains off in comfort till you turn it back on. This is a big improvement as in F10 & or even the F30 this was irritating & i know some people who permanently coded it off permanently too, hence this was a good improvisation by BMW. - This 520d engine is codenamed the B47 & it makes aprox 187hp & 400 NM of torque. 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.7 seconds & has a top speed of 238 km/h. - Gearbox is the same 8 speed ZF, absolutely no complaints with this one.
  9. Hey Rajat, thanks for sharing your views. Definitely a Lamborghini is always a beauty but the Performante is definitely the most aggressive production Lamborghini in todays date in my opinion. That Nurburgring Lap time summarises the entire story for the Performante.
  10. The video starts off with a quick walkaround detailing the highlights; In cabin with Business Head, Lamborghini Mumbai discussing Forged Composites, ALA System, Pirelli Tyres & other such innovations Lamborghini did for the Performante making it the fastest production car at the Nurburgring; Some Exhaust sounds in Sport & Corsa Modes; Engine & Other Technical Specifications; 5.2L NA V10 640 HP & 600 NM 7 speed Dual Clutch A/T All Wheel Drive 0-100 km/h in 2.9 sec. 100 km/h - 0 braking in 31 m Top Speed of 325 km/h Some more insights of the Huracan Performante; - The Hurcan Performante did the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap in 6:52.01 min making it the fastest production car at the ring (Actually 2nd fastest as no. 1 is the Radical SR8LM which had done in 6 min 48 sec). - The above record was done with the optional Pirelli Trofeo R tyres which are a high performance track tire but are homologated for street use as well. - The standard tyres are Pirelli P Zero Corsa 245/30 R20 (front) & 305/30 R20 (rear). - The engine makes more than 70% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm. - The chassis of the Huracan Performante is a hybrid of aluminium & carbon fiber. - With all the weight saving going on its was good to see new cockpit layout supportting Apple CarPlay & iPhone Apps. - "MagneRide", Electromagnetic damper control available as an optional extra. - Has a big fuel tank capacity of 83L. - The Huracan Performante weighs 1382 kgs (Dry) - Weight Distribution front and rear is 43/57 %. - Its available in the UK for aprox INR 1.45 cr (GBP 175,000) without taxes but sadly in India its launched @ INR 3.97cr (Ex-Showroom)
  11. The Video starts off with a quick open air class room session; And an in depth discussion on Engine Performance & Handling; Likes; - Looks & Stance- Power Delivery of the V6 Engine - Interior Space & Comfort- Air Suspension & Ride QualityDislikes; - Run Flats & 225 mm width tyres (Better, Wider tyres should transform the ride & handling further) - Ground Clearance is at a low 135 mm (Even low @ 120mm in sport, sport+ mode)- Missing features like the HUD, front double display screen & rear infotainment is disappointing at this price point.- Big Price Gap between the petrol & top end diesel v6 (the nicer version). Other Observations; - The LWB may look mis proportionate in pics but in flesh it seems to look pretty good. - The doors of the car never seem to close properly, it seems they are the ones designed for the soft close feature, hence looks like a last minute omission by Mercedes India. - Steering is good for a Electric Unit. - Though the seats are of artificial leather they seem to be of great quality & will not disappoint at all. - LED headlamps are excellent. - This being a LWB & Real Seat focussed car is jokingly missing Audio / Mercedes Command Controls at the back. - Rear seats recline by 37 Degrees. - Its Fast & Fun to drive, handles well too, as i said in the review DO NOT confuse judgement with handling as its a long car. - But, Handling could have been better with wider tyres as these 225's scare more than the length of the car. - Though i have mentioned the Ground Clearance as a dislike, but i love the stance of the car. - This is the 1st time that the E-Class is offered without a spare tyre (Does offer a space saver though) - Fuel Economy i managed from the V6 was a decent 10.4 km/l & with 66L Fuel Tank will have a good range. - Note, this time there will be no E250d on offer but an E220d which will launch soon. - This new 2L Diesel from the E220d is codenamed OM654 (All Aluminium) and will have 195hp & 400NM of torque (100 NM less than the E250d which was 500NM)
  12. Recently i upgraded my BMW 328i with the STEINBAUER Power module. The installation was plug and play and took about 15 mins. Steinbauer box & wiring / cable were of really high quality The Dyno Runs were done at KS Motorsports, Mumbai & the Dyno reading was as follows; The stock car with Intake & Exhaust at the dyno got 222 WHP. So considering drivetrain loss with a modern ZF Gearbox of aprox 16%, we get aprox 257 hp at the Crank. After Installation the dyno run read 268.4 WHP which translates to 312 HP at the crank. The overlay chart looks as follows; Total Gains were 46 HP in power & 55 NM of torque. All this on Regular fuel (91 Octane) Considering the above gains & installation time, We added 3 HP every Minute