The battle of the new quarter-litre nakeds. KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25
A match between the Austrian Orange and the Japanese Blue team was never on the cards. But with KTM launching the surprise wildcard Duke 250, the entire notion has changed.
It all started when Yamaha India launched the naked version of their quarter-litre Fazer motorcycle last month. Doing so, they have officially entered the segment of quarter-litres in India, surpassing the Yamaha R15.
Then came a surprise from KTM when they launched the Duke 250. Another naked that sits between the 200 and the mighty 390 Duke. Although KTM had once rubbished news about the brand planning to get the Duke 250 to India, this launch has been a wild card. Meant only for Indonesia and Thailand, the 250 makes a scene on Indian roads too.
This, folks, gives us the official rivalry of the segment that starts to take the business seriously. Although both the bikes are made for different purposes, they run similar capacity engines, thereby pitting them against each other in a bitter rivalry that can take the other down not to be able to rise again. Read below and catch the action.
Honda WR-V Interior Revealed In New Spyshots Launch In March!
Honda will be launching the Jazz based Crossover WR-V soon in India. The vehicle was spotted a number of times being tested and also in some spyshots where it was seen arriving at some dealerships. However, until now no details of the interiors were revealed. Recently Team-BHP was able to get their hands on some interior shots of the soon to be launched Crossover which reveals quite a number of details about the interior as well as the list of equipment which you can expect from the upcoming Crossover.
As you can clearly see from the spyshots the WR-V will get a completely blacked-out dashboard. The steering wheel, as well as the instrument cluster too, has been shared with the hatchback. While the list of equipment which you can expect in the WR-V Crossover includes a sunroof which will definitely be available with the top end trims, the rest of the interior equipment includes push button start, new touchscreen infotainment system which is also shared with the recently introduced facelift City sedan. This will also be a 5-Seater Crossover and the seats too have been taken from the Jazz hatchback as well.
If we talk about the exterior styling then surely the WR-V looks completely different from the Jazz hatchback. It gets completely different looking headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps, restyled front and rear bumpers and also different style wheels.
Bajaj Pulsar 160 NS launched in Nepal
In 2015, Bajaj Auto launched the first of a new-generation design philosophy in the form of the NS 200, acronym for ’naked sport’. A streetfighter that was later discontinued for not being able to be compliant to the emission norms for some, gearbox issues for others and few say for braking judders. Whatever they were, Bajaj took it off the shelves.
In 2017, that bike made a grand comeback and put Bajaj on the streetfighter map again. Calling it as the ’Pulsar 200 NS 2017 Laser Edged edition’, Bajaj is set to take the performance biking to a whole new level. Now, there is another sibling for the NS200 and it is heading to Nepal. The Pulsar NS 160 rumbles on.
Volkswagen To Launch The Second-Generation Tiguan SUV In 2017!
According to the recent reports, Volkswagen is all set to launch the Tiguan SUV in India this year while they also have plans to launch the all-new Passat as well around the month of July 2017. Now Volkswagen already used to sell the Passat but discontinued the model back in 2013 due to low sales figures whereas the Tiguan will be a completely new product which will actually help the German auto manufacturer to set foot in the executive vehicle segment of the Country.
The second generation SUV first made its official appearance at the 2015 Geneva Motor show while the first generation SUV did not reach the Indian shores. Volkswagen did showcase the second-generation Tiguan at the 2016 Auto Expo, though. The new generation SUV will also be their first SUV which will underpin their MQB platform. The car will be most likely being assembled at their manufacturing facility in Aurangabad after being imported by the CKD route.
Powering the new Tiguan SUV will be a 2.0 Litre, four-cylinder diesel unit which is expected to produce around 177 Hp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine will most likely be paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The good thing about the upcoming SUV is that it will also get a four wheel drive option as well.
Below provided are few quick points that you should know about this soon to be launched SUV
5 Quick Points About The Maruti Baleno RS Launching On 3rd March
We all have talked about this car so much recently that we do not need to re-introduce the Baleno RS once again. The car was showcased first at the 2016 Auto expo and after exactly a year Maruti has decided to introduce the RS variant of the hatchback in India. Recently they also have revealed all the details of the soon to be launched hatchback along with some images as well.
Before we head into anything else let us remind you that Maruti will be launching the Baleno RS in India on 3rd March 2017. This hatchback will be positioned on top of the standard Baleno and will be sold via the Hexa dealerships.
The Indian spec Baleno RS will be powered by a completely new 1.0, three cylinder Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine which will produce about 75 KW/ 102 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 150 Nm of peak torque at 1700-4500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission only. Talking about the new powertrain, this is the same detuned variant o the 1.0 Litre unit which powers the International spec Baleno hatchback. The completely new 1.0 Litre unit will also debut with the Baleno RS as well and could power some future Maruti products as well.
Now like we promised here are the 5 quick points that you should know about new Maruti Baleno RS hatchback.
2017 Suzuki Gixxer
Not all debuts are sure shot hits – ask Suzuki. When the Japanese manufacturer made its entry on its own almost a decade ago, it didn’t have a start as good as expected. Except for the 125cc scooter Access, no other product from Suzuki in India could shake up the already established models in their respective segments.
And this continued for almost five years, till Suzuki launched the very promising 155cc motorcycle, the Gixxer. Considering the last flops which included all of its motorcycles, including its very first 150cc bike, the GS 150R, Suzuki naturally had high hopes attached with the Gixxer. And as expected, the Gixxer became the very first hit from Suzuki in the mass market segment. With this, Suzuki too started showing signs of becoming a settled player like its Japanese rivals in India, Honda and Yamaha.
In 2016, Suzuki introduced a couple of changes to the Gixxer to counter the onslaught brought by Honda in the form of CB Hornet 160R, and now to make it even more upmarket than before, Suzuki has freshened up the Gixxer even more with a couple of new changes for 2017 model. Let’s take a look on what all changes Suzuki has carried out for the Gixxer:-
Watch Football Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo Drives The New Bugatti Chiron: Video
Whenever a celebrity gets to drive a car it is definitely fun to watch. What makes this video even more special is the fact that in this video you will be watching the famous football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo driving one of the most powerful production supercars of this planet.
Bugatti recently released the video of CR7 test driving the all-new Chiron just before the French Automaker starts the deliveries of this beast. There is no denying the fact that CR7 is one of the most celebrated athletes in the world and has won several accolades to his name including the World Player of the Year, reigning European Champion, winner.
He already owns several supercars including Lamborghini Aventador, BMW M6, Bentley Continental GTC, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, an Audi Q7 and off course! His recently purchased prized possessions the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport variant. At one time it was even reported that he owned a total of 19 cars at once.
In this video, you can watch him checking out the new Chiron and test driving the car on track. From what it looks like from his expression that he surely feel in love with the new supercar and we are pretty sure that he will add one soon to his collection.
The successor of the Veyron packs a lot of punch from the 8.0 L W16 quad- turbocharged unit, the same engine which used to power the Veyron now produces about 1500 ps of peak power and 1600 Nm of peak torque. The Chiron is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h mark in just 2.5 seconds while it can reach a maximum top speed of electronically restricted 420 km/h mark.
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Soon Land Rover is going to add another member to their Range Rover family. The new SUV which will be called Range Rover Velar and it will be positioned in between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport. The new SUV will be unveiled Infront of the World on 1st March 2017.
The Velar will be their latest Sports Coupe which will sit in their new family. The term Valar means Veil or covered, and it was used for the first time for the Range Rover prototypes.
According to Land Rover Elegant, simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of this Range Rover SUV. The vehicle has been refined for every occasion and has been engineered to go above and beyond.
Although, no details of the Velar is available at this moment, so we decided to keep it short and straightforward. But we will update you with all the details once the vehicle showcased on 1st Of March.
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BMW builds a hover-superbike taken from a LEGO dream.
Not many days ago we had shown you a Russian company’s big dream plan of getting us a hover bike called us ‘The Scorpion 3’s creation made possible as it teamed up with our childhood king of toys and building blocks – LEGO. Folks at both the toy companies have conceptualised a dream hoverbike that is basically brought to life a 603 piece LEGO set.
2017 KTM Duke 390
KTM surely knows how to impress their fans, and that is only the reason why their products are targeted towards enthusiastic motorcycle riders of the country. It’s been four years since KTM, introduced the Duke series which consists of the entry level Duke 200 and the Duke 390 in our Country and since their launch they haven’t received any big change except few cosmetic jobs which came in the form of new colour schemes but still they sell like hot cakes.
Last year it was reported that the 2017 Duke 390 was caught testing in Europe first, later it was also caught testing on the Indian roads. Much later the new motorcycle was also caught undisguised at the Bajaj factory in Pune. Likewise, we all expected KTM unveiled the completely new 2017 Duke 390 at the EICMA motorcycle show last year, and it inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features.
The naked bike although has not received any thorough mechanical update but it surely has gone through a major overhaul regarding styling. The best part is that the new Duke 390 has received its styling inspiration from the bigger and more aggressive Super Duke who happens to be the most powerful naked streetfighter.
While for the first time since it came into existence it also has received ride by wire throttle system which makes sure that the throttle response is crisper and more accurate. There are plenty of other hardware upgrades which the Duke 390 received as well which comes in the form of a new 5-way adjustable clutch and brake lever, bigger disc brakes towards the front full LED headlamps and daytime running lamps and a new subframe.
Update 23.02.2017: - KTM launches the new 2017 Duke 390 in India today along with the 2017 Duke 200 and a new Duke 250. The prices and other details are updated in this article.
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A Performance Oriented Lamborghini Huracan Is Heading Our Way: Video
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is surely going to be something that we all have been waiting for a long time. Lamborghini is once again digging their roots and pulling out some of their most insane tricks to impress their customers by presenting the most potent member of their Huracan family. I mean that is what they are known for right?
The Italian sports car manufacturer has already dropped a new teaser video which showcased the future car. The car seen in the video was covered in heavy camouflage, and there is no denying the fact that it surely looked intimidating with the addition of that huge rear wing and the front spoiler.
The entire video was shot on the Nurburgring, and the reports also suggest that the new car was able to set a new lap record as well. The car will also get a new feature called "Aereodinamica Lamborghini Attiva."
Now, don’t get confused with the term because the new name is basically an advanced active aerodynamic system. The Coupe gets plenty of new aerodynamics on the front splitter and also a new rear wing. These are exclusively available with this new performance-oriented version of the car and thus won’t be available with the standard model.
Apart from the Active aerodynamics, the bull will also actually shed around 40 kilograms from the original variant, courtesy the new forged composite body materials. However, it will still get the same 5.2 Liter V10 unit which will perhaps be tuned slightly different to produce even more power and torque figures. The Huracan Performante will perhaps also get a tweaked suspension setup and recalibrated gear ratios to match with all those increased power figures.
The car will most probably make its official debut perhaps just a few days ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor show.
Renault Introduces New RXL Variant Of KWID 1.0 L Gets Manual & AMT Transmission
There is no doubt that the KWID has been one of the most successful products for Renault after the Duster. Recently they have introduced the Live for more edition of the KWID, and now they have announced a more affordable RXL trim of the hatchback with the 1.0 Litre variant. Previously the 1.0 Litre variant was available only with the top end RXT variants only. The best part is that the new variant is also available with both manuals as well as AMT transmission.
What is even more interesting is also the fact that the introductory prices for the new RXL are just INR. 30, 000 more than the 1.0 Litre manual transmission. Talking about prices while the 1.0 Litre RXL variant is priced at INR 3.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) the AMT transmission equipped variant priced at INR. 3.84 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Now, coming to the features that you can notice in the newly introduced RXL variants of the KWID, the hatchback gets passenger side ORVM’s, B-Pillar Painted with Black vinyl, a rear roof spoiler on its exterior. Inside the cabin, KWID RXL variants feature single din music system with USB, AUX and two speakers. However, the touchscreen system with navigation is offered only with the top end RXT trim only.
10 Affordable Cars Which Features An Automatic Transmission
In recent years, we have seen a lot of new changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of human lifestyle. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new techniques and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. As a result, many budget cars are now being offered with an automatic transmission. In the recent years, we have seen a lot of new technologies implemented on automatic cars compared to old days; the entry-level mass market cars were available with the option of only conventional torque converters. In the recent times, we have all seen many manufacturers switching out to new and more contemporary options of automatic transmissions like CVT and AMT, which do offer the convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox, but not at the expense of lower fuel economy and higher maintenance.
In this feature, we are going to throw some light on the ten most affordable automatic cars available in the Indian car market right now, which are aimed at those potential car buyers who wants to enjoy the convenience of an automatic car but without shelling too much from their bank balance.
Tata Tiago Petrol AMT Details Leaked
We heard rumours of Tata Motors introducing the AMT variant of the Tiago and from what it seems like the rumours were actually true. Recently a leaked spec sheet gave away all the details that one needs about these soon to be launched Tata Tiago AMT variants.
The AMT variant of the Tiago was already spied earlier and it will be available with the petrol variant only. The Tiago AMT, when launched, will compete directly with the Alto K10 AMT and the Celerio AMT.
With the launch now almost near Team-BHP was able to get their hands on some leaked spec sheets of the Tiago AMT variant. To begin with, the AMT variant will be available with the top two variants only. The details leaked online said that the Tiago AMT will only be available with the top end XT and XZ trims.
Thus the AMT gearbox will be equipped only with the 1.2 Litre, 3 cylinder Revotron petrol unit capable of producing about 85 PS of peak power and 114 Nm. Apart from just the addition of the AMT gearbox, there won’t be any other changes to be made to the AMT equipped car. As far as the pricing is concerned to expect the AMT variant to be priced a tad bit higher than the manual variants.
After the Nano and the Zest, the Tiago will actually be the third model to be offered with AMT transmission.
We take a deep look into the 2017 KTM Duke model range
When the first Duke hit the streets a few years ago, it was not here to make friends. The bike changed the game and re-wrote the rule books. A bold call to all to head to the straight narrow and embrace the life that lives at the very limit. In 2017, a whole new face hit the streets starting with the 1290 Super Duke R, the Beast Mode 2.0.
Today, KTM India officially launched the next iteration of the Dukes that are ready to take the streets and rule them. The all-new 2017 Duke 390, updated Duke 200 and a brand new model in the Duke lineup, the Duke 250.