ontrak21

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Our country's economy is on a rise now. The evidence is all around us, now a days we get to see cars on the roads that were absent till a few years ago like the audis and the bmw s, well the bmws and the mercs were always there but not many in numbers like we get to see these days. We also have a few few high performance cars here too ,occasionally we can spot a rare lamborghini or a porsche and if you are lucky you just might see a blood red awesome ferrari too.And who doesn't want one of these? as a matter of fact most of us have a ferrari or a lamborghini as our dream cars n i m no exception to that.

But there s a small problem these cars cost a freaking fortune. the price tag is like an isd phone number, and if we wanna buy 1 now we ll probably have to sell our households including our families .It doesn't just end there, to run n maintain these beasts we'll have to either con our neighbours into selling themselves too, or join the mafia n make money the wrong way. Either way the run is going to be pretty short lived.
By the time we, youngsters of today can afford one we ll probably be in that stage of our lives where every high speed turn will send us to the hospital for a neck concussion or a slipped disk. And therefore we can completely forget about picking up hot girls with the help of these superfast beauties while we are still young . People who do drive around in these cars either have super rich dads or maybe they struck oil someplace. Or maybe they are already married, have kids old enough to be married but are uneducated because daddy decided to buy a lambo.The worst part is that these cars are even more expensive in india because of the import duties. so the price almost doubles

So its its pretty feasible to think that our dream of a high performance car is done for.....not quite. see thats the thing, there exist high performance cars that are relatively cheaper to buy and relatively cheaper to run and perhaps can be bought without unfair means and i m not talking about the porsche boxter.
The cars i m talking about are the TVRs and the lotuses.These car makers have been making affordable performance cars for over 40 years but many people here do not know about them or their models. The TVR sagaris will cost us about 70L including duties and road tax(approx) it has a 4.0L speed six-engine producing 350bhp with 0-100 in 3.7 secs and flat out it does 180 mph and also has superb handling, and it looks good too.

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The lotus elise on the other hand costs rougly about 65L(approx) it has a 1.8L mid-mounted 4 cylinder engine gives 200bhp , 0-100 in 3.9 secs and a top speed of 156mph and has superb handling too.

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these cars cost almost 1/4 th the price of a lamborghini gallardo, almost 1/2 the price of a porsche 911 and these babies look and drive equally well and their performance figures are not bad either .The best bit is that they will not be burning a hole in your pocket every month after you ve managed to buy one.
This means we can own these cars when we re still relatively young and possibly have some luck with the ladies as well. For people who can afford these cars in the present tense please do not get excited as you cannot buy them as yet , for the sole reason they are not being sold in India.....yet.
But as the performance car market is growing in India i think the car majors should think about getting these cars here as well .
So is anybody listening??


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Both the companies are way too small in their operations to bother coming to India of all places. If they wanted to expand they would probably go over to other developed nations that still dont see these cars rather than come to a developing nation with extremely bad roads which are anyways not suitable for these cars.

I think they realize that the demand and the infrastructure present here(or the lack of it) is not good enough in India for it to be feasible. Demands too much investment.

 

Other than that Porche, Lamborgini and Ferrari are notalbe brands with estabished and popular names, when compared to Lotus and TVR.

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yes agreed that we lack the infrastructure and the roads, but dont you think that these things will improve in 2-3 years time?

plus lamborghini and ferrari cars r far more expensive to buy and equally expensive to run. but these cars are not.

all i m trying to say is that if tata can buy out Land Rover and Jaguar plus a collaboration with Fiat  and Mahindra has a collaboration with Renault and now mr Tata is planning to get Ferrari here too.  if we can roll in the biggies then why not the smaller companies? coz lets face it not every one can shell out 2.5cr 4 a car.

majority of the indian population is middle class and the std. of living is growing so if even 5% of the entire class can buy these cars, which i have no doubt they can or will bw able to in 3 yrs time these companies can make fortune. Plus the collaborators will benefit as well in other words our economy will benifit too

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A good detailed note! The thing though is that to become a millionaire, one needs luck & to be born into a millionaire family, need the same too!

 

These supercars are almost every enthusiasts dream, but from have we incorporated these in our dreams? From Western movie flicks, some jaunts abroad, relatives/friends talk, etc. Simply put it this way, these cars do not fit into our Culture, infrastructure, roads, conditions, etc.

0-100 in ~ 3 secs. is great but where in the hell do we test it in India, try stretching legs & end up in a disaster! Later part of the life would be spent behind bars even with no fault of yours.

Grass is always greener on the other side, developed World's new found darlings are small cars & developing World is after Supercars!

Small cars, UV's are the best suited vehicles for our Country.

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In a few years maybe this can happen but right now these small companies are finding it very hard to ever survive, so let alone expanding.TVR and Lotus have changed hands from owner to owner since the day they were established. These companies are highly unstable and the brand name for most people is unheard off.

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Never go near these brands, as such we are suffering from bad ASS from reputed auto co's; consider what will happen when you buy a TVR. I'd consider the Celica/NSX or even a Hyundai Coupe, atleast you'd get some decent backup. How about a Hyundai Genesis coupe.

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