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  1. Aston Martin is shifting up a gear. With the launch of the brand-new ‘regular’ flagship, as opposed to the super-exclusive One-77 and Zagato V12 models — the company is preparing itself for a new era of model development while continuing to stress that evolution, not revolution, will always be its guiding philosophy. A clear sign of evolution is the use of the Vanquish name for the new model, which is due to be launched in the summer with the first cars ready for delivery early next year. The original Vanquish, shown as a concept in 1998 and built between 2001 and 2007, was the first Aston to signal a move away from traditional construction methods. This new edition introduces a much stiffer ‘Generation 4’ 
version of the adaptable ‘VH’ bonded aluminium monocoque chassis that arrived with the DB9 in 2003. It also introduces a completely re-engineered version of Aston’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, with variable valve timing, new heads, bigger inlet valves and throttle bodies, and new manifolds that boost power and torque. Most importantly, the revised engine meets forthcoming US clean-air legislation. For the first time in a 
series-production Aston, the outer panels are all formed 
in carbonfibre. The body design presents a fresh face because of the influence of the One-77, and is the culmination of a three-year project led by Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s chief exterior designer. Nurnberger acknowledges the car’s use of “simple” existing Aston cues (low nose, ‘moustache’ grille, steeply raked screen, exaggerated rear haunches), but describes the car as “more deeply sculpted” than previous Astons. The car sits on a skirt of exposed carbonfibre in reference to its all-carbonfibre body construction. It features an integral rear wing specifically designed to look — on the orders of Aston chief Ulrich Bez — as if it was impossible to make. Nurnberger says that the extra sculpting and radically waisted shape of the Vanquish’s 2+2 body will make the car look quite different from existing Astons on the road, although it takes care to maintain the marque’s fundamental character. “An Aston always wears a suit,” he says. “It is assertive, not aggressive; powerful but polite.” Inside, the Vanquish gets an all-new cockpit design, still with a prominent centre stack, but with a suite of new hardware, including lighter and smaller screen, ventilation and hi-fi controls. The DB9’s allegedly jewel-like instruments, seen in most Astons since 2003, get a new, quieter and more technical-looking set of analogue dials, which are much clearer to read. The fascia ‘volumes’ have been reduced and moved 20mm away from occupants to give more room and a feeling of airiness without losing the tailored feel. Aston is keen to keep the bespoke nature of its trim, with hand-stitching, rich colours and classy materials, but beyond that the list of possible variations is almost limitless. The Vanquish sits on an identical 2740mm wheelbase to the DB9 (which continues as core model) and the DBS it replaces, but is “a shade” wider, longer and taller than both models. However, stung by suggestions that it keeps using a 10-year-old chassis, Aston engineers point out that in this first ‘Gen 4’ iteration, the new VH structure is 30 per cent stiffer than a DBS, thanks mostly to a new design of engine brace. The Gen 4 VH structure also uses improved anodising and bonding techniques, makes greater use than ever before of structural carbonfibre and features a boot space fully 60 per cent larger than that of a DBS (and 10 per cent bigger than a Bentley Continental’ coupé’s). More on that here
  2. Whats your Budget - 20/30L Kms driven monthly - 500-1000KM Bodyshell - Sedan/SUV City/Highway split - 95:05 Max No.of Passangers - 2-3 most of the time Boot space Importance - Medium Usage by - normal (and an Enthu son:D) Ownership - Outskirts Safety: anything Prime requirement - Ride/ Handling/FE/Braking/Looks/Passenger Comfort (Yeah, I want everything in a car :\) Hi guys! I am very confused about which car to buy, and I'm looking for some expert suggestion. I need to replace my 7-year old Hyundai Verna 1.6SX Diesel. My budget is umm well around 20L or 30L. I already have a SUV (XUV5OO), but it is very unreliable. So, we first planned on buying an SUV itself. I checked out the Toyota Fortuner and the Audi Q3. The Fortuner, while big and bad, feels kinda overpriced to me. The Q3 S, on the other hand, has cramped rear seats. Then, my family had a change of mind, and now we can settle in for a sedan as well. The Fortuner and any other big SUV is ruled out for now, since they don't fit in my garage and this is a necessity for me. The Q3 S does. My family consists of 4 people, but its rare that we all travel together in the same time. We have a driver who will be driving primarily, with me and dad maybe driving on Sundays. I liked the A3, but again, the rear seats of the car are cramped. I don't mind going for the Audi Q3 as well, but I am not sure if the 'Sports' edition is a good buy. What are the maintenance charge that I am looking at? I was kinda shocked to know that the Audi Q3 S lacks a climate control system. Even my 7-year old Verna has climate control man. Now, my budget of 30L does not mean that I cannot settle in for a cheaper 10 or 20l car. I obviously can. In fact, if I go for a sedan, I don't think my dad will spend more than 20L on it. Ideally, I would have gone for the Hyundai Elantra, but it does not seem like a popular car, which translates into poor resale value down the line. As for my requirements. The car should be comfortable and a pleasure to drive. I don't want Automatic transmissions or even AWD since it will will be mainly driven by my driver. As you can see, I am very confused about which car to buy. The fluctuating budget 20L (for sedan) and 30L (for mini SUV) does not help either. Any help would be really appreciated. P.S.: I started reading Autocar magazine 7-8 years back. From this magazine, I came to know about tech magazine, which completely changed my life. Will always love the magazine, the people, and the website.
  3. Guys, I am planning to buy a change for the Koleos. Looking at a price range of 50 - 55 lac(55 being max i can stretch) Usage will be around 1500 kms a month. Occasional highway trips. Looking at both petrol and diesel options. As of now havent short-listed any. What would youll suggest ?
  4. Guys, I am planning to buy a new car, changing the Koleos. Budget - 50 - 55 Lac. 55 is max, putting the extra five over 50 is also stretching it a bit too much. Looking for a sedan this time round. Self driven. About 1500kms a month. Once a month used on the highways. Looking for - Driving dynamics, Engine, Handling. Not shortlisted any as of now, but I am pretty interested in the New C class(both petrol and Diesel). What else can you'll suggest ?
  5. AUDI A1

    I want to know is Audi,considering launch of audi a1 in india??It will be a good option,if audi launches it in indian market,considering the fact that it will be positioned below Audi A3.
  6. Hi, Im looking to buy a saloon under the budget of 40L and I could find those 2 options best, Audi A6 Business Edition and the A4 Premium Plus. A6 Business Edition is around 4L more than A4 Premium Plus. So, what Im looking for is your suggestions what to go for, so I dont repent later! I heard, A6 has air suspension, which many audi owners face problem and end up spending high service bills for that. If that is the case, then Im booking for the Premium Plus all the way! And also looking for reviews of the A4 2014, if we have some real owners of it, here in the forum. Thank you!
  7. Hi, Im new to this forum. Seeking advice on buying a luxury sedan around the 50 lac range. Already own the new honda city and fabia, now looking for a replacement for my ford endeavour. Looking for a diesel vehicle with the good rear comfort, safety, good ride handling and latest technology. Have shortlisted the new benz e class, bmw 5 series, jaguar xf and the volvo s80. If there are better options, please add those too.
  8. Just came across these pics of an almost fully camouflaged Audi A8 facelift testing. From the pictures it looks like the Mumbai Pune road. The facelift A8 is supposed to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month and its already testing here. It should have a task on its hands considering the new S Class will be launched soon. Pics source: Team BHP
  9. These are exclusive pictures of a cut price Audi Q3 which was recently caught testing in the urban traffic of Mumbai. If you look at the pics the alloys look really basic and the quattro badge is missing from the grille making it evident that the cut price Q3 will be a front wheel drive Quoted text source: Indiancarsbikes.in Pics source: ACI forum exclusive
  10. Hello All I am new to this forum and in a bit of a soup at the moment. I am from Delhi and looking to buy a new car for about 25 Lacs. I can stretch to 26 lacs max. Note: These are on road costs. I have always loved driving and currently drive a Ford Fiesta (Classic now). I will be buying in the month of July and have shortlisted a few cars. Also, I am 25 years old, single and will be using the car for my self, driving to office everyday in gurgaon and ocasional long trips to Chandigarh with Mom dad, but very less often. In all, I know i want a Diesel, irrespective of my daily running. 1. VW Passat High-line: I visited a local showroom that had this car on display. They had both the Comfort-line and High-line on display, and some how the high-line with its black interiors felt more premium by leaps and bounds than the beige comfort line. I never thought i'll feel so for black interiors. Anyway, the car has the best interior in the segment. It also had a lot of party tricks like auto park assist and ventilated seats with massaging (Yes!). It has a 170 HP engine that is good and frugal. Only problem is that its a big car and i'll be driving it on daily basis. Does that look good ?. Another thing i forgot to mention is the top class driver visibility. The car gives such a good view upfront, something that you hardly get in a luxury car. I hated the Jetta (No offence!) after sitting in the passat. Actually I had gone for the Jetta to VW Showroom . We worked out the on road cost for highline and came to about 27.xx Lacs after 2.5 lac discount (2012 model). 2. Skoda Superb: Again, I will be driving so idea of a limousine like superb dosent sound very attractive. Also Passat has better engine and more classy interior. So SUPERB but No SUPERB. 3. Mercedes A class (UPCOMING): This the car that convinced me to spend 25 lacs but I was put off by the recent scoops of a underpowered 110BHP Diesel. Also India spec car does not have AMG pack as reported by some websites. The BUMPERs are not AMG on the display cars I have seen. Anyway, I believe in brand value and am open to the A class depending on pricing and test drive experience. I am open to it as dont need too much space. BTW I am 6 feet tall, still I struggle for good outside visibility. So I use the seat Height adjustments very generously. 4. Volvo S60: Havent seen the car yet, but had a talk with a sales representative, He is giving the S60 D4 kinetic for 25 lacs ex showroom, after discount. was put off by the idea of thin sales network and really old inventory. But still its a strong contender that I am willing to consider. I am not looking for SUVs as they are too big for me. I am yet to see the BMW 3 and AUDI a4 but I'm sure they will be out of my budget (anyone!) as I dont want the base models, still can anyone give me more detail on this. Anyway, I am open to a discussion if anyone finds any other car more suitable. Please help me here. Thanks
  11. Here are pics of the Audi A3 sedan which has been caught testing in China. The car was officially unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2013. The new A3, is equipped with a maximum output power of 140 hp, a peak torque 250N.m 1.4TFSI engine, and a 170 horsepower, 250N.m 1.8TFSI engine and one unpublished data 2.0TFSI engine for the Chinese market. This could be the perfect entry level sedan for Audi in India and will probably be here next year. India is sure to get a diesel motor for sure the tried and tested 2.0 TDI. Source: auto.ifeng.com
  12. Audi has unveiled the rival to the BMW M6 GranCoupe, the RS7 at the Dtroit Motor Show 2013. The new RS7 comes with a new 552bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. The RS7 is the sixth RS model in the Audi range. Power for the RS7 Sportback comes from the same 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine used by the recently unveiled third-generation RS6 Avant. It produces 552bhp at 5700rpm and 76.45kgm of torque between 1750rpm and 5500rpm - some 138bhp and 20.46kgm more than the less highly tuned version of the same V8 in the S7 Sportback.Because Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is unable to handle the heady torque loading of the engine, the RS7 Sportback receives a standard eight-speed automatic ’box. It operates in combination with the latest evolution of the Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system, offering the choice between D (drive), S (sport) and M (manual) modes. Audi is yet to confirm a kerb weight for its latest RS model but claims it delivers 0-100kph in 3.9sec and a top speed limited to 250kph. Buyers can raise the top speed to 280kph with an optional Dynamic package and to 305kph with a Dynamic Plus package. Underpinning the RS7 Sportback is a heavily reworked version of the standard A7 Sportback’s chassis that features widened tracks and air suspension. Audi will also offer its new performance model with an optional steel-sprung suspension in combination with Dynamic Ride Control as part of a package known as Sport Suspension Plus — a move that is reflected on the new RS6 Avant.
  13. Audi today launched the facelifted model of its R8 in India at a price of Rs 1.34 crore (Ex showroom Delhi) for the V8 variant. It will also be available in as a V10. The V10 which is Lamborghini sourced puts out 518 bhp. The single biggest change to the R8 is the gearbox; the single-clutch robotised manual of old has been replaced by a dual-clutch unit. Developed specifically for the R8, the wet twin-clutch unit helps cut the 0-100kph time down by almost half a second, the ton now coming up in a claimed 3.8 seconds. And the top speed is 311kph. With the facelift, Audi has launched a new ‘Plus’ version of the R8 V10 coupé. It uses ultra-light forged wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes, which alone save 2kg. The front splitter is made of light carbon fibre, as are the rear diffuser and the R8’s trademark side blades. It all adds up to shave 50kg off the kerb weight of the standard R8 V10. The engine bay is lined with carbon fibre too, and that jewel of a motor now develops 542bhp. That means it’s finally on par with Lamborghini’s entry-level Gallardo LP550-2. And that is very good news. Here is a link to Autocar India's review http://www.autocarindia.com/Review/329354,audi-r8-facelift-review-test-drive.aspx
  14. Audi has already overtaken Mercedes in the Indian market and is currently second to BMW. The recently launched Audi Q3 has been a run away hit with 500 cars being sold. It looks like a proper SUV as compared to the X1 which looks more like a 3 Series station Wagon. Do you think the Q3 will catapult Audi to the Nummer Eins spot in India? Or does BMW have an ace up its sleeve with the upcoming new 3 Series sedan? Lets have your opinions