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  1. Good News, earlier this week Porsche announced a 7 speed Manual for this 992 Gen 911
  2. Likes; - Engine Performance - Handling & Steering - Puts down power on the road very well for a RWD - Easy to Drive Fast Dislikes; - No Manual Transmission Yet - Rear Seat Space was disappointing - Indian pricing needs at-least a 12-15% downward correction The video includes a quick exterior walkaround; ^ The car was in this tremendous spec of Agate Grey Metallic + Satin Aurum Wheels combo It was my dream to breach the 300km/h speed barrier & thanks to the German Autobahns was able to fulfill this. Few moments are life changing & this was one of them; ^ What a feeling !!! Other Key Points & Observations; - The variant of 911 i was driving is the all new 992 Gen. Porsche 911 Carrera S. - The 911 had a good view out & a nice overall visibility which is much confidence inspiring when driving hard. - Strangely the car is not that easy to drive at slow speeds, particularly difficult to place in small city streets, overtaking larger vehicles in road construction temporary lanes on highways partly due to the increased wide body width of this gen 911. - It was good to see Porsche retain an analogue Revv Counter right in the line of vision. - Don't know why there is no HUD on offer on such a driver focussed car, was a big miss. - The rear camera is not that good. - The Porsche Communication Management's 10.9 inch touch screen was of just the right size & flawless in its operation. - Short tout gear lever is a good experiment, but im not a fan. - Cabin Quality is good for the sports car it is, but with the way it is priced in India its not special enough. - Bose sound system was good. - The 3L Turbo Flat 6 makes about 450 HP & 530 NM, which are not fancy figures but ENOUGH to keep you entertained & propel the car forward gear after gear. In-fact was very confidence inspiring to go full throttle and the car was putting down the power very well. - Redlines at about 7500 rpm which is good for a turbo petrol. - The Engine sounds sensational when going all out. - The PDK was a real strength when going all out no doubt but did feel jerky at low speeds. - Paddle Shifters felt good, but needed to be slightly larger. - The steering feels great all the time with ideal communicative feedback providing good grip & stability during high speed cornering. - Not sure whether my car had 4 wheel steering or not. - I personally did not like the way the pop out door handles were implemented, not a fan of those & found them complicating. - Brakes were excellent & so was the pedal feel. - My car did not have the nose lift feature, considering how low the 911 is, it would be an obvious necessity for prospective buyers here in India. - I crossed 300 km/h at-least on 5 occasions & the best top speed i could achieve was 315 km/h in the 6th gear & not 7th or 8th. - Do note that the variant of 911 (Carrera S) i was driving was a RWD. - I drove the 911 for about 410 kms. From Berlin to Leipzig & back to Berlin. - On full tank it has great fuel range of aprox 750 kms. Probably my car was equipped with the new optional 90 L Fuel Tank (that's huge). - The 911 was running on Super 98 Octane fuel. P.S. - The speeds done were on Unrestricted sections of the German Autobahns, hence no road closures were required to attempt such speeds. Im not a professional racing driver but i do have prior experience of driving on such sections in various other cars in Germany over many years.
  3. Likes; - Exterior Look, Upright Stance & Image - Interiors Still Rugged but Modernised - Modification Potential - Exclusivity (In India) Dislikes; - Though we get a full import but only one engine option & no 2 door variant. - No Manual Transmission option for India - Ride Quality (At Low Speeds), Handling & Steering feel (At high speeds) - Pricing (In India) VIDEO; Other Key Observations; - The variant i am driving was the 'Sahara'. - This gen Wrangler is codenamed ‘JL’ (replaces the ‘JK’). - There's a lot of wind noise at higher speeds (120 km/h +) Because of the lack of headliner & the overall construction of the Wrangler. - Great View of the Squared off hood, hinges while driving is reassuring that you are JEEPING ! - Exterior, specially the front face of the Wrangler stays true to its heritage with the iconic round headlamps & the 7 slat grille design. The Rear retains the spare wheel and newly designed typical bolt on look for the tail lamps. From the Side thanks to the massive fenders which by the way can accommodate 35" tyres, the high ground clearance & boxy proportions give the Wrangler a very confident 4x4 stance. - There was a time when i was running really low on fuel where i had about 30 miles range remaining with 26 miles distance to cover for the destination & no sign of fuel stations on that freeway hence had to take an off ramp into a local village to get fuel. That time i was tracking the Fuel Economy & it returned aprox 9.5 km/l which is not bad for the size & weight of this Jeep. - The engine was the 3.6L V-6 Engine ( I believe its the same 'Pentastar' engine of Chrysler, Dodge etc. ) - The V6 engine is smooth but lacks low end grunt. - The 2L Turbo Petrol launched in India is supposed to be 35% more economical & has 50 NM more torque. - Gearbox was an 8 speed Automatic unit. - Handling is good but still feels truck like. Enjoyable at low speeds but high speeds you may not feel adventurous. - Ride Quality gets better with speed. - Though the Wrangler is large and imposing but the interior is not exactly spacious. - Interior as i said earlier is very rugged plus has elements such as exposed roll bars, thick pillars, upright windshield & meaty switch gear all adding to the Jeeps character. - I could not take the Wrangler off road but it felt like a true Off Road Warrior. - Jeep India recently (9th August 2019) launched this latest gen Wrangler in India for INR 63.94L (All India, Ex-Showroom Prices). Conclusion; The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has the right blend of Jeeps History, Ruggedness & technology to deliver a proper Modernised Jeeping experience. PS - This review has been compiled after driving the 2019 Jeep Wrangler for more than 1200 kms over many days in various cities, across many highways & different weather conditions.
  4. Likes; - Acceleration & Instant Torque - Gadgetry - Space - Ride Quality Dislikes; - Steering Feel (Vague for cornering & fun) - Lack of Buttons (Everything, right from the mirrors to the AC vents have to be controlled via the screen which can be distracting & irritating) Concerns; - Long Term Reliability - Battery Recyclability VIDEO; The video consists of some acceleration pulls, discussion on performance, ride quality & handling as a 1st time Tesla driver; A talk about the minimalistic interior + the 15" screen; & the recharging experience; Other Key Observations; - The car can be accessed via its app, but as mine was a rental i had a KEY, just like a credit card or your hotel room key, TESLA provide this cool solution, impressive for short term but long term i think you will miss inserting the key & cranking the engine as that's a lot more emotional. - Things like adjusting the steering too has to be accessed via the steering and adjust via the audio control knobs on the wheel. - There are no door levers inside the cabin as the doors open with a push of a button. - The maps were great & never lagged. - The maps with the real time traffic also had some cool graphics of the cars around & those would turn red if they are too close & activate the steering correction. - To open the trunk and also the glove box you have to access the screen. - Roof is all glass and goes all the way upto the trunk. Point to be noted is that it doesn't open at all. - The leather used for the seats is vegan (not sure why, may be just a fancy way for saying synthetic) - Should have no maintenance and very low running cost in the initial years. - Exteriors, the looks are subjective but my spec. did look the part in this white with dark rims combo. - Ground clearance is kinda low, for India it will need correction. - Cameras all around do record stuff too. Conclusion; I had the Model 3 with me for about 3 days and drove aprox 300 miles in an around LA, California. To conclude things it will be fair to say that the Model 3 is an very attractive package for both the young and old audience out there. Even the enthusiast will like it for it's speed & performance. But it still feels like an electronic appliance and in the long term if the parts start to fail, it may not be as easy to fix as our conventional mechanical cars & that time this may feel just like an disposable electronic device. Being a petrol head & not much of a fan of EV's this was a refreshing experience for me, however I did not really fancy owning one after driving it. If this is the future i'd like to own one eventually & not grab it immediately.
  5. Nice to see a report of an high mileage GERMAN, well done !
  6. Pros; - Engine Power & Exhaust Note (Fastest Accelerating Sedan In India with a great sound in RACE Mode) - Grip (4Matic+ Makes it easy to put down 612 HP & 850NM) - Handling & Braking (This combination boosts confidence for spirited driving) - 9 Speed MCT Unit (This Gearbox never Disappointed) Cons; - Seats from the AMG GTR tend to get uncomfortable in long journeys (Best to pick regular Sport Seats) - Exhaust Tips at the rear are FAKE (Shockingly disappointed) - The car came with a host of safety features but wanted to talk about the Brake Assist, which is tricky as the car auto brakes when detecting another car in front specially when you are changing lanes on a crowded Indian highway this system is bound to get confused. It did majorly surprise me on the 1st occasion, thankfully not at high speed, Hence i kept it off. Sadly you cant turn it off for good, everytime you start the car you need to turn it off again. VIDEO; The video starts off discussing the Supercar culture in Mumbai which has become pretty monotonous; Then i discuss why the twin turbos are placed between the cylinder banks of this 4L engine, 4Matic + System, 9 speed MCT unit & other details of this Mercedes AMG E63s; Key Observations & Highlights; - This 4L V8 engine has 612 bhp & 850 NM of torque, yes Mercedes has given this car more power than even the AMG GTR. - Though this car has a twin turbo setup the turbo lag is non existent & thats majorly because the turbos are located within the V & not outside the v8 hence giving instant throttle response whenever needed. Mercedes call this arrangement the HOT V. - This car also has the cylinder de-activation tech, where if you are driving in comfort mode this will turn into a 4cyl instead of 8, providing better economy & all this is pretty seamless & you dont realise this transition at all. - The car can run on regular fuel, though i filled Power (1 level up over the regular fuel) but if it ran flawlessly on that fuel then i believe it should do OK on regular fuel too. (Note: F10 M5 ran on regular fuel as well) - The 4Matic+ does an excellent job to give whatever physical traction is available before the electronics kicking in & Thank god this is an AWD in regular modes as its any way scary & with a RWD only it would have been pretty dangerous to drive on street (concrete roads particularly) roads & specially during monsoons. - Thanks to the 4Matic+ the 0-100 km/h is achieved < 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating sedan in India. - To engage Drift Mode you have to be in RACE Mode & pull both the paddles for 5 seconds, this smartly disengages the AWD & turns into a 100% RWD. - Drift Mode was unavailable (de-activated) on my test car. - The gearbox is NOT a dual clutch, also not a typical torque convertor, but this is a 9 speed AMG Speedshift MCT, here the MCT stands for MULTI CLUTCH TECHNOLOGY (Not sure how many clutches though) - With so much power this car needs good stopping power & thanks to the 6 piston brakes up-front it does really well, i barely used engine braking which says that i was confident that the brakes are working well & wont get me into trouble. (Note: The car was on optional Carbon Ceramics) - The car came with 20" rims, but still thanks to the soft compound Pirelli PZero tyres & the Air Suspension the ride quality is good enough for a super sedan, it has shades of the regular E-Class again thanks to the magical Air Suspension i.e. When in Comfort Mode. - Loved the steering (Elecetro-mechanical unit) - The car has LSD (Limited Slip Differential) which aids traction to achieve those acceleration times. - The E63 S comes standard with with dynamic engine mounts. These dynamic mounts are meant to instantly and variably able to adapt their stiffness to the driving conditions and requirements. - The ground clearance is good enough, if you are careful you'l NEVER scrape the belly. - The car does come with a suspension/ride height raise feature too which takes care off the nasty bumps. - The E63S as a package is hard to fault, so if you can afford one of these @ INR 1.5 cr Ex-Showroom it will surely not disappoint. But with so much of gadgetry & electronics maintaining an AMG post warranty will be another challenge altogether. Conclusion; So overall it pains to see that the entire motoring experience has watered down to photoshoots of cars, instagram posts, tags & shoutouts. If you are a supercar owner & happen to own one such super sedan which probably is as FAST AS A LAMBORGHINI as fun as a BMW M car & feels as safe as an AUDI QUATTRO irrespective of whether you are driving in the city, highway or in traffic this surely makes it a perfect Family Man's SUPERCAR.
  7. ^ That render shouts VW Crossblue/Atlas SUV.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 !
  10. ^ 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The 1st prototype of the next gen S-Class has been spotted; Should launch in 2020 as a 2021 model. Source: Motorauthority
  13. Thanks Vikky. Well, the only hybrid BMW launched other than the i8 was the 'Active Hybrid' 7 series.