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  1. Few weeks back I took delivery of my BMW M340i XDrive in the stunning shade of Tanzanite Blue II Metallic & here's a Delivery Video I made on & before the collection day describing the entire experience from Dealership Stockyard to Showroom; 

    Video Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lniuhXI3jZY

    After spending about 12 Days with the car, here's a summary of my thoughts in the form of this Quick Review; 

    Exteriors & Build Quality;

    The G20 in flesh is a very handsome looking car. One of the primary reasons for me buying the M340i other than the 6 Cyl Engine is the way the G20 looks. Very impressive in flesh. The Panel Gaps are minimal & have a good consistency to them. The Paint - Not sure that is it the Individual Paint (Given as a No Cost Option for India) i.e. Tanzanite Blue II Metallic (Paint Code: C3Z) or just a new car vibe, but the overall Paint Quality seems to have gone up v/s the F30 too. This colour has a multi personality to it, there is a violet, a blue and green in the sun & a overall Very Rich Metallic Content.


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    ^ I personally love the new Mesh Designed Cerium Grey Grille reserved for the M Performance models. It is a proper sized BMW kidney grille and not as polarising as the G80 M3's. It is encouraging to see the Vertical Vents (finished in Cerium Grey too) in the bumper to be functional. These small touches make the M340i incredibly special. The Laser Headlamps are such a looker. Haven’t really done a Highway Night Drive yet, will report on this later. They do support the Cornering function i.e. move with steering inputs. 



    ^ Particularly for my car, is dominated by those lovely 19" 792M Wheels which adds to the entire much needed differentiation over the regular M Sport kit offered in the 330i with the 790M wheels which came OE on my M340i. I Also love the way the 19s fill up the wheel well area & offer decent ground clearance for Indian roads & speed bumps.


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    Coming to the rear, I love the entire rear stance of this gen 3 series. For the M340i it is enhanced further with the help of the trapezoidal exhaust (Finished in Cerium Grey), Sporty Diffuser & distinguished badging (Also in Cerium Grey). The Spoiler (Rear Lip) is humble and will need to be replaced with something sportier in the future. Overall the rear stance is helped with an aggressive negative camber (M Models Have more negative camber, so does this M Performance) of the Rear Wheels & 255 Wide Tyres.


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    ^ BMW has worked on the Interiors of the G20 very well it has a very modernised F30 feel to it. Definitely more spacious (Front and rear). Love the way the dashboard is tilted towards the driver, typical BMWness. 

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    ^ Also love the newly designed short Gear shifter

    Few noteworthy features for me are the Large Head-Up Display (really grown in projection v/s the previous model), H&K System (Very Crisp) & the Digital Instrument Cluster (Love It). The Cabin Noise Levels are vastly improved over the F30. Quick negatives about the interior is that i was expecting an Alcantara style roof liner, which would have complimented the same material used on the seats.

    Driving the M340i; (Engine Performance, Gearbox & Exhaust Note)


    The Primary reason for my buy decision was the M340i's engine. The B58 Motor which it is but this is the upper limit B58 Motor. Allow me to elaborate. B58 came in some years back & was available on the F30 340i (Note. It was just 340i then). BMW gave an Technical Update(TU) & it derived 2 variations;

    - B58B30M1 (BMW X7, X5 + Z4 & Supra - At launch)
    - B58B30O1 (M340i, X3M40i X4M40i)

    Let's break down the B58B30O1 engine Code;

    B = BMW Group
    5 = In Line 6 Cyl.
    8 = TVDI (Turbo Valvetronic Direct Injection) 
    B = Petrol, Longitudinal Installation
    3 = ]
    0 = ] Both these numbers are the aprox. displacement, which in our case is 3L
    O = Upper
    1 = 1st Revision

    Coming to the practicals, well the power & torque output is a lot. I am still running in the car so trying to abide by the running in guidelines hence haven't redlined the car yet nor tried an out and out 0 - 100 run. 
    But with 50-75% throttle input & manually shifting well before 5.5k RPM mark the performance feels strong enough. Looking forward to explore the 382 hp & 500 nm as soon as the running in is complete. 
    The Gearbox is simply fantastic & very quick shifting. Love the Downshifts too. In City its never jerky in Comfort or Eco. Overall really impressed with this ZF8. 
    The Exhaust Note in Sport+ is good & starting to start louder as I clock more kms on the odo (Presently just about 500) & the soot accumulation starts in the Pipes. But the balance of the exhaust sound is very good as its just enough "Not" Loud & also makes the Engine Sounds Audible.
    Braking Performance is sharp & confidence inspiring so far, I'm sure it'll get better as the optimum braking is yet to reach.

    Ride Quality & Handling;


    The car is very intuitive & predictable. Suspension is firm expectedly as its an M Sport Suspension (Adaptive not provided for India) but i am very satisfied with the ride quality thanks to my performance summer tyre setup in the form of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S' which are very soft and grippy. Currently running 39 Psi all around in accordance with the TPMS recommendations.
    Still experimenting & have a strong belief that there is potential to get even better ride quality. Back to the handling, the stiffer chassis of the G20 is very rewarding and the car overall feels like a TIGHT handler even with the added weight of the XDrive system. Braking Performance is sharp & confidence inspiring so far, I'm sure it'll get better as the optimum braking is yet to reach. BMW has been trying hard to tweak the settings of its Variable Steering since a while now & many brand enthusiasts have been not liking it still. I Personally dont have much complaints for sporty driving on highways or in city speeds too. Maybe once I track the car the steering system may show its negatives/positives more transparently. 
    In the meanwhile I am loving the entire Ride & Handling balance. 

    Booking/Buying Experience;

    I had booked my car at BMW Navnit Motors, Mumbai. The overall dealership experience was smooth & guys at the dealership were transparent throughout the deal. Also thanks to BMW India for launching this car in India at an accessible price for the enthusiasts.

    The Car So Far

    These are just my Initial Ownership thoughts after a few days of Driving in the City of Mumbai and two 500+ kms Road Trips driving on the National Highways. 
    I have been running the car on Shell V Power (91 Octane + Additives for India) since a couple of tankfulls but will experiment 97, 99 & 100 Octane too very soon & report back on the changes/performance benefits. 
    In the coming days I intend to drive my M340i a lot more to complete the Running/Break in period & will keep this thread updated. 
    Until then thank you all for the Reading & Enjoy the Delivery Experience Video Posted above. 



    - Interior, Rear Seats feels more practical now thanks to the increased dimensions/space.
    - Ingenium Engine's 430 NM torque is ample sufficient & has great touring capabilities. 
    - Suspensions's Ride Quality, Handling balance. 
    - Looks are still its USP.


    - Base Model lacks flair and should have been avoided at launch as the top model (R-Dynamic) is only INR 3L more expensive than the base S. 
    - Steering Wheel at high Speeds is not great (Remember it has no sport mode & hence the EPS doesn't stiffen up the way it should)
    - Alloy Wheel Design selected for the Indian spec. is very basic & lacks flair.
    - HUD missing (Even in the R-Dynamic variant), globally it is offered. 


    Other Miscellaneous Observations

    - 99% of the 2nd Gen Evoque is all new & only the door hinges are carried over from previous/outgoing model. 
    - New Gen Evoque is 14mm taller, 11mm longer & 6mm wider and than its predecessor. Overall a lot of design Inspiration has been taken from the RR Velar eg. Headlamps/TailLamps, Grille, Flush Door Handles etc.  
    - Yet another 9 Speed ZF picking up from the 2nd gear from low speed/standstill, demonstrated in the video @ 9:18 onwards ... 
    - Interior Dashboard design is much more sleek in this new generation of the Evoque. 
    - Wheelbase has increased by 21mm, frees up some legroom.  
    - Head room too has increased at the rear as the new gen is taller. Also the front seats are slimmer & scooped from behind which increases important knee room. 
    - R-Dynamic trim is only INR 3L more expensive than the model tested (S Variant) & you get a much more fancy dashboard and also more features, the touch pro duo & an Meridian Sound System, Digital Instrument Cluster, Clear View Interior Mirror/Camera (Rear View is projected on the mirror to give better visibility) & on the exteriors you do get an R-Dynamic Kit as well. 
    - Steering is well designed (But a bit too large) and gets new Touch buttons that change display everytime you touch them depending on the menu you're in, sort of being Contextual which is really cool. 
    - Water Wading Depth is now 600 mm i.e. 100 mm more than the outgoing model.
    - The test car had the 2L Ingenium Diesel Engine, 180 hp & 430 nm of Torque.
    - There is NO Sport Mode, only ECO & Comfort.
    - The Evoque's suspension overall does a good job in having the stiffness for handling & suppleness for the ride quality. 
    - Tyres were Good Year, Eagle F1 SUV All Season (Made in Germany), Size is 235/60 R18. 
    - Approach Angle is 20.8 (An increase of three degrees compared to the previous generation) The breakover angle is 20.7 degrees (Reduced, may be due to more wheelbase) & Departure angle of 30.6 degrees (0.6 degree increase compared to the previous generation)

    Final Thoughts

    Overall the wow factor which the 1st gen had, has been carried forward in the 2nd Generation thanks to all the Velar inspired design elements. For someone who loves the Velar & finds it too expensive or too big then this generation of the Evoque makes for a perfect buy 

  3. On 12/7/2019 at 6:14 PM, sachins said:

    Another great review Karan !!

    Kia has shown to all that if you offer what customer wants (looks, features, engine+gearbox options, reasonable price) then your product will sell, even in damp market conditions.

    Will be interesting to see tussle between Seltos and nextgen Creta.

    Thanks Sachin ! 

    The way Hyundai have designed the Creta the Kia already has an upperhand. Customers will only be attracted by Pano sunroof of the Creta. Rest its Game Over already. 

    Lets wait & watch ! 


    - Looks (Exteriors + Interiors)
    - Engine Performance & Gearbox  
    - Handling & Steering (Sport Mode really weighs up the steering well & is excellent for this segment)
    - Feature Packed (Its loaded, especially in this all options ticked GTX+ trim)


    - No Paddle Shifters (A Big miss for this Engine / Gearbox combo and should have been offered at-least in this GTX+ trim) 
    - Ride Quality at low speeds is not that great. 
    - Good Year Assurance Tyres (The size 215/60 R17 is Ok but the compound already feels hard & this selection makes the car understeer in some situations & also puts down the ride & handling capabilities / potential of the Seltos) 
    - The GTX+ variant misses out on the Dual Tone Exterior Colour Option




    ^ This is a driver focussed review of the 2019 Kia Seltos with the 1.4 Turbo Petrol in the GTX+ trim with the DCT gearbox. 

    There is a talk on the much discussed Dual Clutch Transmission; 

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    There is a discussion on Engine Performance, Torque & responsiveness of this engine at various RPM range;

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    Finally talk about the interior & seen here pointing out the irregularities of the screen + cluster integration which should have been seamless; 

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    Booking Experience;

    - I booked the car on day 1 when the official bookings started i.e. 16th July 2019. I had booked the top model in Automatic.
    - Around early August (about 3 weeks before the launch when the variant break up was released) i confirmed the dealership a GTX DCT variant with the Dual Tone option. (White with Black Roof spec). Was eagerly looking to have the car delivered on the day of the launch.However Kia India wasn't dispatching the GTX DCT variants and also the dual tone option production was uncertain. The waiting went into the month of September and people who had booked the car (like me) on day 1 looked like fools not getting their cars
    - In the meanwhile Kia announced the GTX+ DCT variant (IMO the late announcement was all a part of the plan which Kia India sweet coated as saying GTX+ DCT was launched due to customer demand which they listened to, however if you closely observe the ads they showcase the model has a sunroof & DCT too, hence it was always a part of the plan well before the announcement) listened to customer demand and i had the option of upgrading my booking around mid September. I was mentally prepared to wait for a few more days anyways coz wanted to get the car now during the festive season of Narvratri or Dussehra (which was an even more preferred date in the family). Upon following up with the dealership & some Kia India officials i was updated that my car will be from the initial 1st lot. Around 21st September i got to know that my car is in production & by late September the car was dispatched from the factory.
    I was not too keen on the GTX+ variant & would have gladly accepted a GTX Dual tone on day 1 of the launch (or atleast in August) however this was probably a blessing in disguise as i got to upgrade to a GTX+ DCT variant.
    - Finally took delivery on 8th Oct. 2019 on the auspicious day of Dussehra.

    Dealership Experience;

    I booked the car at Kia Rathod Autolink (Vapi, Gujarat) on the 1st day when official bookings started.
    They were very transparent in communicating every update throughout the deal. Things like Vehicle Handling Charges, Basic Accessories Kit etc. weren't unnecessarily charged.
    Though i had the option of selecting my own insurance provider (where i got quotes of approx INR 52k, i still went with the official Kia insurance provider which was approx INR 64k as thats what i usually do for the 1st year.
    Standard Warranty is of 3 years. I opted for the 2 year extended warranty which cost me aprox INR 23k now making the total warranty of 5 years.
    The dealership was kind enough to give me OE Kia floor mats on FOC basis.
    Overall Dealership Experience, Positivity & Vibe was a full 10/10.

    Few Pictures from the Delivery Day;




    Other Miscellaneous Observations;

    - The Kia Seltos uses the modified K2 Platform from the Hyundai Kia family & by now everyone is aware this same platform will be used for the upcoming New Generation Hyundai Creta.
    - My Ecosport is a good handler & this is as good (may be better). However the Ecosport feels heavier & better built (Note my Ecosport is the 2014 1.5 Petrol with the DCT).
    - The Seltos does understeer & i blame the tyres. 
    - The Paintjob, Glacier White Pearl (in my car) is excellent. The pearls can be observed clearly during day as well as night time. 
    - The bonnet is really well sculpted from the both sides, giving a very muscular stance to the Seltos. 
    - The indicator stalks are really premium to operate.
    - Rain Sensing wipers modes are visible & selectable through the cluster screen. 
    - The TCU seems to be learning the driving style to adapt the clutch control in different driving environments/situations. 
    - Acceleration in the DCT during the initial launch is slightly slower, but it does make up with faster in gear shift times. 
    - BOSE System is an 8 speaker unit. Most of the people reported mixed reviews. Well i was one of them who initially did not really fancy this system. But with a few quick adjustments in the equaliser settings you can get it sounding better. 
    Also the real test of the system is observed after 50% of the volume range and then you can finally touch the BOSE magic and you'l genuinely appreciate this system in a car of this segment. Im enjoying the music system and no complaints at all  
    - The camera quality of the parking assistance as well as the blind spot monitors is Excellent. 
    - Kia claims it has used a thicker Windshield for front wind noise reduction. In addition to that the overall refinement is also excellent thanks to damping material used in the Dash (Pu + Resin), Optimisation of design to reduce panel vibrations & also the driveshaft uses increased damping to achieve linearity in acceleration noise.  
    - My favourite part of the interior design is this FLAT BOTTOMED steering wheel which is of exceptional quality, feels great to hold and use. Haptically perfect. 
    - Horn sound tone is Excellent (Note: Its a Dual Tone setup) Kia India interestingly claim its 3 dB louder than competition. 
    - HUD: I keep it tuned down in city limits. I do have to adjust my seat position as per the HUD screen which is not a good thing. Im aware about the HUD adjustments in the infotainment but still do have to go low down & then you lose the entire SUV upright seating. Hence that's just left for the highway while driving hard its a great visual to have without taking your eyes off the road.
    - Also as many people are already aware the HUD screen pops up with the press of a button, so if in case you forgot to put the screen down & are already outside the car, with the remote press the lock button it will automatically go down, just the way mirrors fold in by themselves.
    - The Sunroof is of decent size, hope people dont try coming out of it & say its too small. 
    - The Sound Mood Lights can be changed from a variety of selection, however the dashboard ambient lighting remains red. 
    - The interiors are very well lit at night and a nice place to be in, However the Power Window switches (only 1 switch gets illumination) & the mirror controls buttons are not having illumination is a slight disappointment.
    - Drive Selector Modes (Sand/Mud/Snow) on the Seltos remind you that the car can go OFF ROAD, but then you CANT because the Seltos is Front Wheel Drive. Best to keep your Seltos safe than to get carried away with those modes. 
    - The keyless entry button is only on the driver side, im used to having it on both the sides in my Fortuner. 
    - The Key Fobs (2 Provided) are of extremely good quality & feel very premium. 


    So to conclude things i'd want to say that with the wide price bracket & various variants on offer there's a Seltos out there for everyone shopping in the 10-20 L price bracket.
    With the amount of bookings the Seltos has garnered, Kia India has proved that Car Sales are no longer dominated by any particular country or brand but by technology, features & futurism.

    P.S. - Shall keep on updating this ownership thread on a regular basis with pictures, FE Data, Road Trips & Other Experiences. Thanks for your attention


    - Engine Performance
    - Handling & Steering
    - Puts down power on the road very well for a RWD 
    - Easy to Drive Fast


    - 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;

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    ^ 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; 

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    ^ 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.



    - Exterior Look, Upright Stance & Image 
    - Interiors Still Rugged but Modernised
    - Modification Potential 
    - Exclusivity (In India)


    - 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) 



    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). 


    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. 


    - Acceleration & Instant Torque 
    - Gadgetry 
    - Space 
    - Ride Quality 


    - 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) 


    - Long Term Reliability 
    - Battery Recyclability 




    The video consists of some acceleration pulls, discussion on performance, ride quality & handling as a 1st time Tesla driver;

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    A talk about the minimalistic interior + the 15" screen; 

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    & the recharging experience;

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    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. 


    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.


  8. 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) 


    - 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.




    The video starts off discussing the Supercar culture in Mumbai which has become pretty monotonous;

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    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;

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    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. 


    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.



  9. 6 hours ago, VET5 said:

    Looks like Isuzu has started testing the second generation D-Max V-Cross in India. Compared to the previous gen model, this one receives a revised radiator grille, more aggressive headlamps with L-shaped DRLs, revised fog lamp housing and blacked-out B-pillar.





    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. 

  10. ^ This video has a lot of behind the wheel action;

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    And Stunning visuals with unadulterated driving scenes;

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    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.


    - Engine
    - Handling & Ride Quality Balance 
    - Gearbox
    - Feature Packed 


    - 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.


  12. On 25 July 2017 at 0:34 AM, RajatMenon said:

    Lamborghini is always the beauty , its roar can make anyone down and that is  really the king of cars and i love knowing about this car so found a blog related to it so thought of sharing it with you all 

    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. 

  13. The video starts off with a quick walkaround detailing the highlights;Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 9.38.42 PM.png

    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; 

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    Some Exhaust sounds in Sport & Corsa Modes; 

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    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)