A New Powerful Streetfighter From Yamaha Is Hitting The Indian Road On January 24th
Yamaha has already started teasing their new upcoming motorcycle on their social media channels before its launch on 24th January 2017. We can assure you all that this is definitely not a small commuter motorcycle but something more powerful than the FZ. However we are still not sure about its name yet.
For the past one month or so a new motorcycle was caught being tested on the Indian road and although it was wrapped in camouflage but it looked like a more powerful variant of the FZ. We are not sure about the engine yet but expect the new engine to be in between 250-300 cc displacement. The spy picture clearly revealed that the upcoming motorcycle will be powered by an air cooled unit assisted by oil cooler.
Expect the new air cooled, single cylinder engine to produce around 20-25 ps of peak power. As far as the styling is concerned we expect the new motorcycle to gets some of its inspiration from the M-Slaz while its headlamps resemble that of the Yamaha MT03. Also expect some premium features like upside down forks, split seats, LED daytime running lamps etc.
Expect this soon to be launched 200+ cc streetfighter to compete with some other motorcycles of its segment like the KTM Duke 200 and the soon to be launched Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS.
We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the motorcycle is launched here on 24th January 2017.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS FI Teased Launching Soon
Bajaj Auto has shared the first teaser image of their soon to be launched 2017 Pulsar NS 200 on their social network channels. The 200 NS first made its appearance back at in 2012 and for some reason Bajaj decided to discontinue the motorcycle from the Indian market instead of its popularity and impressive sales numbers. However the motorcycle is still exported to some other International markets from India.
Now with the increasing competition from TVS and KTM, Bajaj once again has decided to reintroduce the updated variant of the NS 200 in India. According to the latest reports the updated motorcycle will be launched soon in India and Bajaj has actually made some thorough changes to one of the most popular entry level naked streetfighters.
To begin with the updated 2017 Pulsar 200 NS gets fuel injection instead of carburettor now. The engine too is also completely new; the 194.4 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox now delivers 24.5 PS at 9500 rpm and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm. The power output as you all can clearly notice has increased by 1 Ps.
Although we are still not sure about the cosmetic changes the new Pulsar NS200 will receive though but expect it to get perhaps a new duel tone colour option, and a relocated Pulsar logo. There is also a fair chance that Bajaj might provide a single channel ABS as well just like the ones found on their RS200.
There are no details of the prices available yet but expect it to be priced slightly higher than the current bike. However expect the 2017 Pulsar 200 NS to be priced much lower the KTM Duke 200.
We will definitely update you with more details once the motorcycle is launched here in India within the next few weeks.
2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.
Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.
This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and is going to be showcased at the upcoming Motor Bike Expo Italy from 20 to 22 January 2017.
In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali - “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.
Updated 2017 Maruti Wagon-R Variant Spotted Undisguised
Only yesterday we have reported that Maruti is planning to introduce the updated 2017 variant of their popular hatchback Wagon-R in India. The 2017 model will be based on the same generation hatchback which is sold currently in the Indian market and not exactly the new generation Suzuki Wagon-R whose images recently leaked online on the Japanese social media channels.
The biggest change however will come in the form of the Stingray variant now being merged with the top end trim. That’s right Maruti has decided to eliminate the Stingray nameplate and add it with the current lineup and trims. The top end variant which is actually the Stingray variant will be called VXI+ trim while the other two trims on offer are LXI and VXI.
Now for all your information the lower LXI and the VXI trims will be based on the current car and gets few changes both inside and outside. The new hatchback gets few updates inside it now gets mildly updated seat fabrics. While the top of the line VXI+ trim which is based on the Stingray variant gets updated beige fabric upholstery on the seats and door cards. For the safety of the passenger the top end variant gets a driver side airbags as standard, while Maruti is providing dual airbags and ABS as standard across their range of cars as an option.
Under the hood the updated 2017 Wagon-R will not get any mechanical changes thus the 2017 model still continues to be powered by the same 1.0 Litre K series petrol engine capable of producing about 50 KW of peak power and 90 NM of torque. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox while there is also an AMT transmission on offer.
2017 Tata Hexa
Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.
Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies.
The all new Tata Hexa looks sporty and muscular, yet stylish. Not only at the exterior, but the interior too get plenty of attractive features which are luxurious and provide a new-age character to this upcoming Tata Crossover.
Update 18.01.2017:- Tata Motors launched the Hexa Crossover in India today. The new Crossover is the flagship offering from Tata Motors and the prices and details have been updated in the overview article of the Crossover
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Tata Motors Launches Hexa Crossover 8 Key Points That You Should Keep In Mind
Tata Motors has launched the Hexa Crossover in India today. This will replace the Aria in the Indian market and will lock horns with the Mahindra XUV500 and the newly launched Toyota Innova Crysta. The Hexa has been tested by Tata Motors over the span of 2 years and under extreme climate conditions. The Crossover first appeared in the automotive scene back at the Geneva Motor show and the production variant was showcased for the first time at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Tata Motors has launched the Hexa Crossover officially today on 18th January 2018. The prices of the new Tata Hexa Crossover starts from INR. 11.99 Lakhs (ex showroom) for the base XE trim while the top end XT 4X4 trim is priced at INR. 17.49 Lakhs (ex showroom, Delhi).
Below provided are few key points that you should know about the newly launched Tata Hexa Crossover.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Refresh
We already have reported few days earlier that Suzuki was planning to introduce the next generation Wagon-R soon. The leaked images of the next generation hatchback were also doing rounds on the internet and also on Japanese social media channels. We also have provided you all the information which is available about the new Japanese spec Wagon-R in our overview article. That said, we were actually quite surprised when we found out that Autos Arena in their latest reports said, Maruti actually has no plans to introduce the next generation Wagon-R in India anytime soon but instead of launching the new generation hatchback they have decided to give some updates to the old car and launch it as the new 2017 model.
The biggest news is that the new updated 2017 model will actually get a new top end trim which will be based on the current Stingray variant. While the Stingray nameplate will be taken off their product chart. The big decision was taken by Maruti Suzuki after they realized that the Stingray sells in very few numbers. What is even more surprising is also the fact that most of the dealers have now even stopped taking bookings for the top of the line Stingray variant.
Before we get into any other details let us inform you all that the updated 2017 Wagon-R model will be renamed as Wagon-R Refresh and it will be on sale in the Indian market soon.
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TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad, especially after their stunt with Suzuki did not quite hit the cord. Both TVS and BMW will be sharing and developing platforms together to distribute products locally and the global stage. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.
According to OTOMOTIFNET.COM, Mr Aditya Putra from Corporate Communication of PT TVS Motor Company, Indonesia, confirmed to them that TVS plans to bring a new sports product, to Indonesia in the first half of 2017. And we believe it is the Akula 310. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 300 in India.
2017 (Maruti) Suzuki Ignis Motocross Style Edition
Only yesterday we have reported that Suzuki has showcased the new Swift Racer RS concept which was based on the new generation Swift although no details of the production variant is out yet but there is a fair chance that Suzuki might introduce it first in the markets of Japan and then perhaps it might also land on the Indian shores sometimes in the near future. Now at the same show Suzuki showcased another sportier variant of the Ignis Crossover which was launched here in India last week only.
Just like what we have seen on the Swift Racer RS Concept exhibition cars, the Ignis Crossover too has been given a unique cosmetic upgrade too. Called the Ignis Motocross Style Edition, this is the same Ignis Crossover with all the added colours.
The Ignis Crossover was launched recently and is positioned below the Vitara Brezza SUV. The car is being sold in the Indian market via Maruti’s Nexa dealership and is offered with both diesel and petrol powertrain options. Transmission on offer is a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT offered as optional with both petrol and diesel variants.
That said, we have tried to provide you all the information about this funky looking avatar of the new Suzuki Ignis Motocrosser style exhibition car which was showcased at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
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Hero MotoCorp hints at entering Moto3
There is ‘motorcycle’ and then there is ‘motorcycle racing’. Each of them has a different meaning for every manufacturer. And being associated with the latter is a form of prestige to them. The term ‘motorcycle racing’ was coined the day the second motorcycle was ever made. Since then, the world of racing has seen a great deal of competition and rivalry amongst competing manufacturers and builders, all vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
The Indian two-wheeler industry is now evolving to become a major player on the world stage. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the competition a run for their money.
2017 Renault Kwid Live For More Edition
Renault launched their entry level KWID budget offering back in 2015 and this hatchback instantly went to become hot favourite for many Indian customers who wanted a stylish looking, features packed car within a budget. The KWID went on to compete with some other entry level hatchbacks from manufacturers like Maruti and Hyundai. Recently back in 2016 Renault introduced a new variant of the hatchback which was powered by a slightly more powerful 1.0 Liter unit. Transmission options offered were a 5 speed manual as standard and an AMT unit which is offered only with the 1.0 Liter variant only besides the standard 5 speed manual unit.
Until Now Renault already sold more than 1 Lakh unit of the KWID hatchback in India and to celebrate the success of their new hatchback the French car manufacturer has introduced a new special edition variant of the KWID.
Called the Kwid Live For More Edition, this new special edition model is offered with both 800 cc and the slightly more powerful 1.0 Litre variant as well. Now although the changes to the special edition model are limited to cosmetics only still we are pretty sure that you all will love what Renault has offered with this special edition hatchback.
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2017 Maruti Swift Racer RS Concept
Suzuki unveiled the all new generation Swift hatchback in Japan towards the last week of December 2016 and being one of the most popular models of the Indian market expect this all new hatchback to make it to the Indian shores by the second half of 2017. But before that at the Tokyo Motor Salon Suzuki has showcased the slightly sportier Concept variant of the Swift hatchback. Dubbed as the Swift Racer RS this sportier variant of the hatch gets new livery and some added cosmetic updates over the standard variant.
There were rumours that Suzuki has plans to introduce a slightly sportier and powerful variant of the Swift hatchback. Although still in its concept form there is a fair chance of the production variant of this concept car making it to the Indian market sometimes in the near future. This may compete directly with some other hot hatchbacks of India like that of Fiat.
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Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has launched a new TVC for their most power motorcycle in the RTR series. The new TVC completely focuses on the motorcycles racing DNA as the rider unleashes that on the track.
The video showcases TVS distilled spirit of racing. The TVS racing rider astride the new motorcycle and takes off and accelerates up to 60 kmph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The Apache RTR 200 gets many racing equipment and features like Pirelli tyres, race spec speedometer, KVB mono shock suspension setup which has been race tuned for perfection and derived OC3 technology in the engine.
During the time of the launch, TVS said that they will offer their new motorcycle with both Carburetted as well fuel injected variants. The motorcycle gets C-shaped LED DRL’s, more powerful headlamps, the new instrument cluster looks bigger and provides plenty of information like the digital clock and speedometer situated in the central display along with a fuel tank indicator and Lap timer.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V recently also won the 2016 Indian Motorcycle of The Year award. The Streetfighter is powered by a 197.75 cc 4 stroke, oil cooled engine capable of producing about 21 PS peak power at 8,500 rpm and 18 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.
Man and machine are made to traverse the toughest of terrains that include sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophic 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.
2017 RE Himalayan, Classic 500 & Bullet 500 Launched In UK Gets Updated With ABS & Euro IV Compliant Engine
Royal Enfield surely seems to be taking some big steps; they have recently showcased the updated 2017 Classic, Bullet and Continental GT Cruisers with an updated Euro IV complaint engine and duel channel ABS setup. Besides the new ABS setup both these motorcycles also features a rear disc brakes as well which was missing in the earlier variant.
For all your information the 2017 models are now already on sale in the markets of UK with Cooper B which is actually a Royal Enfield Dealer in UK. Cooper B has already listed the following RE motorcycles in their website including the 2017 Himalayan with ABS, Continental GT ABS, Classic 500 ABS and Bullet 500 ABS.
The prices for the above mentioned motorcycles are provided below:-
2017 Himalayan ABS – £9,999
2017 Continental GT ABS – £5,199 (2016 CGT price £4,799)
2017 Classic 500 ABS (Chrome) – £4,899 (2016 Classic 500 Chrome price £4,199)
2017 Bullet 500 ABS – £3,999
We also have researched a bit and found out that the Royal Enfield UK official website too have updated their motorcycles list with the 2017 models. The updated 2017 list of motorcycles which are available in UK with dual channel ABS setup includes Continental GT, Bullet 500 EFI, Classic (500, Chrome, Desert Storm, Battle Green and Squadron Blue).
When I first heard that someone was fitting two cylinders on a Royal Enfield, I was gobsmacked and almost went off-balance. Then, things on my face changed, from squinting confusion to pale blank to the awestruck excitement that elated to newfound happiness one sees in a child receiving his Christmas present. I was startled enough to start making saliva bubbles, and I wasn’t even sorry for it.
There are not many things in your life that take you to a place where you can feel euphoria. Motorcycling is one that does it in the most humble of manners. The term ‘Motorcycling’ means a lot to many people. Some need it to commute, for some, it is about passion and adventure, others, it is their chance to get away and find more of themselves. And people like me, make it our bread and butter.
Then there are a few divine beings who build motorcycles as an extension of their self. Every motorcycle out there was someone’s dream once upon a time, and it is because they dreamt, we are blessed to be able to feel the way we do while riding. One such man is from Australia who never stopped dreaming about having, not one, but two Enfield engines powering the legendary marquee, the Royal Enfield. People call this dreamer as Paul Carberry and he believes in having fun, twice.
2017 Ducati Monster 797
If there is one range of motorcycles which has made the brand ‘Ducati’ accessible to most of its fans, it is the ‘Monster’. With the Monster series of motorcycles, Ducati has managed to churn out huge volumes and increase its sales. The Monster was Ducati’s first attempt at making proper streetfighters, apart from fascinating the enthusiasts with its fully faired motorcycles.
Years have passed, and Ducati, in order to expand its global presence, came with Monster 795 a few years back. The Monster 795 was specifically crafted keeping the emerging markets of developing nations in mind, including that of India. In Ducati’s previous stint in the Indian market, the Monster 795 was pegged as the most significant model of its lineup, primarily due to its affordable pricing.
Now, as we all know that the Monster 795 has departed into the history books as one of the most successful entry-level Ducati in its entire history, the Italian manufacturer has filled the void left by the Monster 795 with the all new Monster 797. Touted to be the spiritual successor of the Monster 795, the Monster 797 has replaced the Monster 821 as the most affordable model of the Monster family and will co-exist with the Scrambler series to act as the perfect gateway to be a part of the Ducati family.
Premiered for the very first time at the INTERMOT 20916, the Monster 797, needless to say, has its eyes on the Indian market as well, as it will serve as the aptest model for the positively growing middleweight segment, a huge share of which Ducati intends to grab. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Ducati Monster 797:-
2017 MV Agusta F4 RR
If there is one manufacturer which has the ability to meticulous art when it comes to sportbikes, there is no other name which comes close to MV Agusta. Having made some of the most exotic Italian masterpieces on two wheels, the MV Agusta has a tremendous history in terms of making some of the most beautiful looking and aerodynamic motorcycles on the planet.
The year 2016 proved to be a landmark one for India, for the year witnessed the advent of MV Agusta in India. Though the manufacturer may not have entered the Indian market in a full-fledged manner with its entire global line-up, the motorcycles with which it has made its way in India surely have raised the bars and expectations of enthusiasts and supersport fans.
Among all the motorcycles with which MV Agusta made its debut in India, the range-topping F4 supersport happens to be the flagship motorcycle for the Italian bike maker for the time being in India. The wet dream of all those enthusiasts who love to have a perfect equilibrium of design and performance, the MV Agusta F4 looks equally when on the go as well as while being on the still as well. But that’s not enough, besides the regular F4, MV Agusta has also brought in the most aggressive version of the same to India, the mighty F4 RR, which happens to be the biggest and baddest MV Agusta to ever appear on the block. Here’s our quick review on the MV Agusta F4 RR:-
2017 Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki unveiled the Ignis Crossover at the Tokyo Motor show and since then we knew that Maruti definitely will bring it to the Indian market. And after almost a year we were assured by the Maruti officials that they certainly will be introducing the new Ignis in India.
Now coming to the iconic Japanese auto maker Suzuki, they have been known for their small cars across the globe while their recent plans also are to launch almost 20 global car models. Maruti have already launched the Baleno hatchback which is the production variant of the IK-2 Concept and this is actually a global product which mens better build quality, improved interiors and impressive safety features feature for the passengers inside. Let’s not get into all those details and focus completely on the car which was launched today on 13th January 2017 at a gala event where Swedish DJ, Axwell performed live. To all our surprise Maruti has priced the Ignis compact Crossover quite aggressively which is actually a good thing.
The Ignis Crossover has derived from the IM-4 concept; the car was already previewed at the 2016 Auto expo and was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. The Ignis Crossover is positioned below the Vitara Brezza hatchback and will compete with some other B-Segment hatchback & Crossovers like the Mahindra KUV100, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
Update05.01.2017:- Maruti has launched the all new Ignis in India today and we have updated the review with all the information, prices and specs available at this moment about the new Ignis
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2017 Ford Ecosport Spotted With New Touchscreen System
We already have shared the information that Ford will be launching an updated 2017 variant of the existing Ecosport in India before they actually bring in the facelift variant of the compact SUV which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the end of this year.
We also have reported that the My 2017 Ecosport Titanium+ variant exclusively will get a completely new 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system for the very first time which will be an upgrade from the current unit. Today we have got our hands on some spy images of the updated 2017 Ecosport variant which were clicked by Mr. Nagaraj Muthuswamy of Ford EcoSport Owners & Fans Facebook page.
The completely new touchscreen infotainment system gets integrated with features like satellite navigation system, DVD player, Door Ajar warning. While the Screen also doubles up and projects images when the rear view camera is active.
Apart from the touchscreen infotainment system MY 2017 Ecosport also sports a new and chunky 17 inch alloy wheels which has been borrowed from the Ecosport sold in the other International markets. The new wheels also get wrapped with 205/50/R17 rubber. However expect these new set of wheels to also be exclusive to the top end Titanium+ variant only.
Unfortunately Ford India has actually decided to delete some of the features which were available with the current Ecosport in this new 2017 variant. The list of features includes driver seat armrest, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped handbrake and gear shift knob etc.
Top five rivals the new Maruti Suzuki Ignis needs to watch out for
Till now, we have heard a lot about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis, which has generated a lot of anticipation and hype in the market. Some are in awe with the way it looks and is kitted up to the brim with some very new and first-in-segment features, while the trusted buyers of Maruti Suzuki are eying on it as their next viable purchase, owing to the tried and tested engine options and service network of Maruti Suzuki which the company is offering for the Ignis.
However, the going for the Ignis is not going to be that easy, as it is entering that space of the Indian automobile market, which witnesses the maximum number of sales. Each and every competitor with which the Ignis will be locking its horns has some very strong credentials to bank up on. In this feature story, we are having a look on the top five rivals which Ignis will be having in its crosshairs, in the same price bracket off course. Here we go:-
2018 Suzuki Gymny/ Maruti Gypsy
Rumours suggest that Maruti might reintroduce the Gypsy in the Indian market in the coming years. According to the latest reports Suzuki might manufacture the next generation Jimny in India. The Jimny was showcased last time at the 2012 Auto Expo and it received quite a positive response from the people. Although there is not much depth in the possibilities right now but the next generation Jimny perhaps might be sold in India as the next generation Gypsy.
For all your information the Gypsy was the long wheelbase version of the Gymny compact SUV. Some of the reports also suggests that the next generation compact SUV will actually be built on the same lightweight platform which also underpins the current Baleno and the Ignis Crossover and hatchback. The next generation SUV will also be exported onto some other International markets from India as well.
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KTM To Launch RC200 & RC390 In India On 19th January 2017
KTM officially announced that they will be launching the 2017 RC200 and RC390 in India on 19th January 2017. The RC series motorcycles gets some minor cosmetic updates which comes in the form of new colour updates. While the more powerful RC390 gets some mechanical upgrades as well.
The KTM RC390 gets a slightly bigger 300 mm disc brakes towards the front and a completely new side mounted exhaust system which has been constructed of lightweight materials to keep the overall weight down. The RC390 is still powered by the same 373 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine which is capable of producing about 44 ps of peak power and 36 Nm of torque. The torque amount has been increased by 1 Nm. The engine is still paired to the same 6 speed gearbox.
The RC200 on the other hand is still powered by the 199.5 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled unit which is capable of producing about 25 Bhp of peak power and around 19 Nm of torque. This engine too is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. There has been no mechanical changes made to the RC200 engine however expect both the engine to be complaint to the BSIV emission norms.