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  1. Suspension and Brakes

    Hi, Most tuners and enthusiasts seem to concentrate primarily in modifications pertaining to the engine. There are a lot of articles in forums that would explain engine mods quite well. The area of suspension and brakes seem to be still in its nascent stage. Considering we use these components far more often than flat out performance, people need to concentrate on these aspects a little more. It would be nice to have a small guide to aftermarket suspension and brakes. Does anyone have any info? Cheers
  2. Geneva 2013: Cars relevant to India ?

    I think a 1.2 TSI Polo is the closest we will get to the Polo R. Love those wheels on the Polo!
  3. Renault clearly has big plans for India and especially after tasting success with the Duster, their confidence is on a new high. Although they have been successful in the recent past, Renault would need to take up the gauntlet and toughen up to enter the ultra competitive 3 lakh rupee segment.
  4. The Aventador itself looks absolutely stunning! The convertible version takes it even further, its just so sublime! I am going to be a tad adventurous and say this might just be the best looking car on sale everywhere today.
  5. After enjoying the success of the Ertiga and the new Dzire compact sedan, Maruti wants to try and push the sales of its 'Blue eyed boy'. This website has done a news article with a picture that displays some subtle changes carried out to the front of the car. The question is, will a minor face lift be sufficient? Hopefully, the face lifted car will come with the DDIS engine as an option. Link to the story :,maruti-readying-wagon-r-update.aspx
  6. I agree with AMG1, but then Americans tend to over dramatize things. Anyway, this stingray has some really big shoes or lets say wheels to fill.
  7. Cheap mods or recipe for disaster??

    The increase in performance is probably a placebo effect. Unless you swap your manifold for specifically calculated and designed headers, the performance gains are as good as non existent. As for the lack of an air filter, you might face corrosion on the engine internals due to grainy particles. I would recommend putting the filter back in, Cheers
  8. According to reports, Swedish luxury car maker said it is conducting a feasibility study on setting up car manufacturing facilities in emerging economies, including India, as it targets to nearly double its global sales to 800,000 units by 2020 from present 440,000 units. Source : What are your views on this?
  9. Ramesh has covered the pros and cons of both fuels quite well. Pricing apart, I personally prefer how the modern diesels drive especially on the highways and in 'ghat' sections. The stronger lower end results in better drivability in these conditions. For users who operate their cars mostly in the city limits, a petrol car would definitely be better suited on all fronts. Getting back to the price rise, I believe it would dent the sales of smaller diesel hatchbacks and sedans.
  10. Yamaha V-ixion

    Looks quite decent. It could be used to plug the gap between the FZ and the R15 in Yamaha's portfolio.
  11. Punto or swift or ritz

    Hi, Out of the above mentioned cars, the swift would definitely be the best buy when it comes to your priorities. The punto is a very decently built car but has been marred by FIAT's after sales service issues. Practically, the swift (especially in diesel form) is a capable all round car and with Maruti's A.S.S being second to none, there is not much to worry about.
  12. FIAT turns aggressive for India

    FIAT seems to have had some grey cloud following it in India for the better part of the decade now. Its going to be difficult to change the average car buyer's perception towards the brand. FIAT needs to take the business potential of the Indian market very seriously and go the extra mile in marketing and supporting their products. That being said, the brand has a lot of experience world over and if it really puts its head to it, things should definitely look up for them.
  13. Since brand value is not an issue for me, the Vitara seems to be a better package overall. Might inspire me to leave the tarmac at times as well!
  14. should I buy a 2006 swift vxi

    The swift is one of the better Maruti Suzukis to have rolled into India which also makes it a decent used buy. In case you are not too confident of your judgement about the condition, its best to take a trusty mechanic along. Also, check under the hood for the condition of the engine oil and other fluids such as coolant and the brake oil for a quick and rough estimate of how the owner has maintained the car. In case the car has genuinely done 37,500 kms, the engine should be in top shape. Since a 2006 car is nearly 7 years old now, 3 lakhs is slightly expensive and try negotiating further. All the best!
  15. Some X'mas fun

    For all the Ken Block fans in here, Ford presents 'Snow Khana one'. This stop motion frivolity will definitely (fuel)inject the Christmas spirit into your inner petrol head. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Cheers, Aditya
  16. Which is the best used car under budget of 1.5L ?

    You could get a fairly decent used Alto in case running and maintenance costs are in your list of priorities. Else, a used lancer/type 2 OHC, ikon etc will definitely fit the 1.5L budget. Overall, I'd personally recommend the lancer for its comfort and decent ride quality.
  17. The mentioned face lift should help draw in a 'younger' TG
  18. Autocar Performance Show 2012 Gallery

    Some more pictures from the show.. A Nano on Acid.. Some more Lambos Some goodies from the Audi stall A SLS AMG signed by Schumacher and Rosberg that will be a part of the AMG Driving Academy at the Buddh International Circuit Some More Germans.. The new mighty M5 On the track...
  19. Autocar Performance Show 2012 Gallery

    Some more pictures of the Porsche Stall..
  20. Autocar Performance Show 2012 Gallery

    Porsche was firing on all cylinders at the 2012 performance show. They had the largest display area and was complete with the whole line up on display. They have recently changed their distributors and the new guys definitely mean business. The new 911 The new Boxter S The new Panamera Diesel The new Cayenne GTS
  21. Autocar Performance Show 2012 Gallery

    Let me start of by posting a picture of a car i'm quite a fan of.. The Aventador in Matt Black. More pictures to follow soon.. And a gallardo super trofeo in white..
  22. Tata Motors launches new stripped down Aria

    If they market it aggressively, I can see the new bare bone Aria grabbing at some of Mahindra's sales. TATA hasn't been up to the mark with their SUV/MUV sales in recent times and hopefully, this might change a few things for them.
  23. Any help for rookies? New bike owner here

    Modern scooters tend to hold up quite well without one having to pro actively keep looking after them too much. Just keep an eye on the engine oil levels once every few weeks and get it serviced according to the scheduled and you should be fine. Congratulations on your buy, ride safe and always wear a helmet. Cheers PS : Which one did you get?
  24. very low mileage on ritz vdi max 15.5 kmpl

    Apart from what every one else has already mentioned, try a different fuel station if you haven't already and there might be an off chance that your injectors are clogged. Also, driving style is the largest variable that determines FE. Try driving with a lighter foot and keep the car between 1500-2500 revs as much as possible. Cheers
  25. Hello everybody.. This is my first post on the website (apart from the introduction) and I shall attempt to write a brief review of my Racedynamics tuning box that is matted to my new Dzire Zdi. I've been following a lot of threads and articles (albeit silently..) on the website and thought its about time I'd post. Anyway, I will get to the point of the thread. I've been a ‘petrol head’ and used to despise diesels till very recently. A few months ago, a good friend of mine had a ‘Race Dynamics Dieseltronic Pro’ tuning box installed in his Punto. This was my first experience with a tuning box and was plesantly surprised to see how phenomenally different a diesel car felt with a box installed. I've driven the Punto (75 bhp), Swift and the Scorpio 2.2 with this kit. After driving these cars and pushing them and the kit for numerous kilometers, I’ve been convinced about the capability of modern oil burning engines and Le Mans is proof of that as well. In fact I was so keen on having the kit installed, that I got it hooked up to my new car just a couple of days after it was delivered. The performance gains with the kit installed (especially in ‘P2’ mode) are best experienced, than written about. But heck, I'm going to try and explain it in words anyway. The unit is basically a piggy back unit that comeas preinstalled with four 'maps'. Economy (E) Stock (S) Performance 1 (P1) Performance 2 (P2) The Modes : 1) Stock - Does exactly what you think it does...nothing. Keeps your car factory tuned. 2) Economy - This mode tends to give your diesel car a more "linear" feel. The turbo doesn't kick in as "sharply" as it does in the stock avatar. To be honest, the drop in performance is quite jarring,but that can be overlooked considering the 10 to 30%(claimed) savings in fuel economy that it promises. Personally, I have managed 22.8 km/l in the Dzire in this mode. Most of the driving was based on the highway with not too many instances of heavy footed driving. Under 'S' mode and similar driving styles and conditions, I manage about 20 km/l. When do I use this mode? Bumper to bumper traffic and the end of the month. Personally, this is my least favorite mode.(My Dad's/Most Dad's favorite.) Performance 1/'P1' : The mode I use the most! This mode gives you a decent 10ish percent improvement in torque and quite an improvement in the general driveability of the car. The throttle response is much sharper than stock and the turbo feels "larger" when it kicks into full song. The turbo lag isn’t as bothersome as it is in the stock setting, since the revs tend to rise quicker in general. My down shifts have reduced considerably when in this mode. On the fuel economy front, it ranges from stock to about 10% better economy than stock. This is due to the fact that not having to down shift often helps in improving FE. When do I use this mode? Most of the times. Gives me a good balance of an increase in performance with no compromise on the FE front. Performance 2/P2 : The colours around you get brighter, the weather gets warmer or colder (however you like it) and your general sense of well being increases by 54.72 percent (yes, I measured it with a well calibrated well being meter). Silly humor apart, this mode has to be experienced. Every time you press the button, some sorcery occurs so that your car grows an extra cylinder. Considering there is no real "hardware" that has been modified or added, it’s phenomenal to see what some electronic wizardry can do to your diesel car. On the Punto, in this mode, you get some superb in gear acceleration and very decent outright performance. On the Dzire diesel, what you get is a tiny nuclear device matted to a gearbox. The shorter ratios ensure that every droplet of diesel is converted into sheer fun. I can safely say that the torque in this mode is bumped up by about 25 % (I could be wrong cause my mathematical ability usually goes for a toss while I'm grinning from ear to ear every time I extend my right foot in this mode). I can only imagine what this might do to let’s say a Chevy Cruze. To be honest, I've experienced a FE drop of up to 20% at times in this mode. Well worth it though. When do I use this mode? Expressways; In between signals and as therapeutic medicine. The modes are changeable on the fly via a remote control unit that can be carried with you. The change in power delivery, throttle response and a huge gain in torque (Especially in P2 mode) is felt instantaneously. The box connects to your CRDi engine's Fuel rail and has direct fitting wiring harnesses depending on your car model. This saves any warranty issues that might arise from spicing the wiring. I'd read a post on the internet that spoke about tuning boxes controlling turbo pressure and the issues that might arise from it. This unit controls only the injectors and not the turbo pressure. Note: The cars I have mentioned here, which are the Punto, Swift and the Scorpio all belong to my friends who have the kits installed. I’ve driven each of these cars over varied terrain and for considerable amount to kilometers to have a fair idea on how well the kit performs. There are a lot of diesel tuning kits out there and all of them improve your performance considerably. From reliable reviews and sources, I’ve heard Pete’s box is superb when it comes to outright performance. I personally loved the flexibility this particular kit offers and the option to remotely change ‘maps’ is quite a party piece. Has anyone else on the forum installed the ‘Dieseltronic Pro’ kit in their cars? Would love to hear from you guys. There is more about the product on Racedynamic's website. The Unit retails at Rs. 19,999 inclusive of installation and a 2 year warranty. Also, you could ask me any questions you might have about the kit and I’ll try and help you out to the best of my knowledge. Please excuse any typos that might have occurred. Cheers and thank you for reading