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The Autocar Performance Show 2013 thread. Pics and meet discussions here

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@Prashant

That merc looks a brabus modified one. The XF looks great too!

The Merc is wrapped in matte white. Its an E55 AMG and modified by Kleemann. It puts out 900 Nm of torque and is around 650 bhp. I might drive it in the near future because it is owned by a friend. Will update on that as well

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@Prashant

The Merc is wrapped in matte white. Its an E55 AMG and modified by Kleemann. It puts out 900 Nm of torque and is around 650 bhp. I might drive it in the near future because it is owned by a friend. Will update on that as well

Meanwhile some more pics

what! 900nm torque! I may die in that car under full acceleration! and please do update about your future drive with that merc :-)

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Hey guys,

So we are supposed to meet tomorrow!

I guess 10 AM would be right time, Btw what's the starting time? We should try to attend it at earliest, so we can avoid the crowd!

@ mods , please share contact details in pm, so we can coordinate!

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I was there from 11:30AM to 2:05PM. I won't need to link photos here, because most of them are the same as what we're seeing here, but I'll attach them later on my photo blog and Flickr page (where I keep adding photos taken at Meilenwerk in Stuttgart). Here are a few observations in what may be my fifth (?) visit to this event. I am more or less an APS regular, but won't be coming for MIMS, which gets more boring each year.

One reason- this show is (actually, both shows are) getting more expensive. Entry fee made me drop the plan of visiting the other show (MIMS) at the other end of New Year's Day. The bright side- I've chosen an Autocar event over a ZigWheels event! More price woes- the scale models of the Scorpio/XUV5Doublo at Rs 220 are overpriced- so I chose a T-shirt. I'm impressed with the finish and fit of the previous Mahindra tee, and hope to have a good experience with this one.

The best part was the off-road event. It gets more extreme with every edition. I was in the Thar driven by Mustang, who was once a regular contributor, but he said he's too busy with the magazine- and saw FRG (as I heard it) in the other Thar. I've been off this forum for a long time, so I didn't tell you before I made it.

More price woes- the food. Rs 200 for a pizza is an outright ripoff- you could get it a lot less if you walked a bit into the Pizza Hut Delivery at the petrol pump- as little as Rs 65. Word of advice- if you want to eat a pizza/sub, do NOT buy at the exhibition- go to the PHD/Sub at the petrol pump.

Prices apart, there are two things I found completely unnecessary- at Daljit's mod stand, you had that chromed Lambo, the Mercedes and the Jag- and one of these cars was making excessive revving noise. It was very disconcerting. I've always looked forward to high-revving activity, and am a serious classic rock/classic metal fan- but this was not nice. Another gripe I have is with the Wheel of Fortune game - I got myself a VIP pass, which is supposed to work at every stall in the event, and can get me close to the blue Ferrari with the white JBL logo stuck on it (where it will be torn)- but I wasn't interested in the blue car. I went straight in- and was not allowed in the Lambo/Aston/Jag stalls. I told some crew members about it, and they were clueless- and told me to go to exhibitors. It was just a plain white chit with "VIP" written on it- hardly convincing. If you're planning a game, at least give prizes that actually work.

I liked the KTM stand a lot- and the first thing they did was try to sign me up for a test ride. The DSK folks didn't talk to me at all, and I walked away with one sheet. I got the feel of a BMW 1 series, a VW Polo GT TDi and a Ford Fiesta sedan. Of all of these cars, the one I want most is a BMW 1 series, or maybe a Ford Fiesta (hatchback or Focus hatchback preferred), and a KTM RC 2000 (would still prefer a Ninja). The Polo GT TDi is enticing, but given VW's somewhat unreliable service network, will have to let it pass.

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I was there from 11:30AM to 2:05PM. I won't need to link photos here, because most of them are the same as what we're seeing here, but I'll attach them later on my photo blog and Flickr page (where I keep adding photos taken at Meilenwerk in Stuttgart). Here are a few observations in what may be my fifth (?) visit to this event. I am more or less an APS regular, but won't be coming for MIMS, which gets more boring each year.

One reason- this show is (actually, both shows are) getting more expensive. Entry fee made me drop the plan of visiting the other show (MIMS) at the other end of New Year's Day. The bright side- I've chosen an Autocar event over a ZigWheels event! More price woes- the scale models of the Scorpio/XUV5Doublo at Rs 220 are overpriced- so I chose a T-shirt. I'm impressed with the finish and fit of the previous Mahindra tee, and hope to have a good experience with this one.

The best part was the off-road event. It gets more extreme with every edition. I was in the Thar driven by Mustang, who was once a regular contributor, but he said he's too busy with the magazine- and saw FRG (as I heard it) in the other Thar. I've been off this forum for a long time, so I didn't tell you before I made it.

More price woes- the food. Rs 200 for a pizza is an outright ripoff- you could get it a lot less if you walked a bit into the Pizza Hut Delivery at the petrol pump- as little as Rs 65. Word of advice- if you want to eat a pizza/sub, do NOT buy at the exhibition- go to the PHD/Sub at the petrol pump.

Prices apart, there are two things I found completely unnecessary- at Daljit's mod stand, you had that chromed Lambo, the Mercedes and the Jag- and one of these cars was making excessive revving noise. It was very disconcerting. I've always looked forward to high-revving activity, and am a serious classic rock/classic metal fan- but this was not nice. Another gripe I have is with the Wheel of Fortune game - I got myself a VIP pass, which is supposed to work at every stall in the event, and can get me close to the blue Ferrari with the white JBL logo stuck on it (where it will be torn)- but I wasn't interested in the blue car. I went straight in- and was not allowed in the Lambo/Aston/Jag stalls. I told some crew members about it, and they were clueless- and told me to go to exhibitors. It was just a plain white chit with "VIP" written on it- hardly convincing. If you're planning a game, at least give prizes that actually work.

I liked the KTM stand a lot- and the first thing they did was try to sign me up for a test ride. The DSK folks didn't talk to me at all, and I walked away with one sheet. I got the feel of a BMW 1 series, a VW Polo GT TDi and a Ford Fiesta sedan. Of all of these cars, the one I want most is a BMW 1 series, or maybe a Ford Fiesta (hatchback or Focus hatchback preferred), and a KTM RC 2000 (would still prefer a Ninja). The Polo GT TDi is enticing, but given VW's somewhat unreliable service network, will have to let it pass.

that is a lot of criticism. moderators, maybe you can all them to have done regulation and look upon them

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