Gone are the days, when Indian car enthusiasts had no liberty of buying luxury cars or expensive sports cars in their own country, rather they had to import those cars from overseas at an expense of extra money. The taste of Indian buyers has changed drastically, alongside the capability to buy expensive cars. Now a day, more and more luxury car makers are bringing expensive machines on wheels in this country. Brands like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche are showing keen interest in expanding their Indian lineup, which is definitely a silver line for auto enthusiast of the country.
In recent times, we have seen the auto industry has flourished by the expensive models in the country. As we are about to bid goodbye to 2015, it’s worth mentioning that in this year too we have seen plenty of expensive cars launched in the country. Mercedes Benz has been at the forefront of the expensive car launches in 2015, while other auto makers like BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati also brought their own exotic machines.
Before we move on to another year, let’s take a look back at the expensive car lineup, which has been launched in 2015.
He is one of the biggest business tycoons of India, chairman of India’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. We have seen him very quiet at difficult times. As it seems he is a very private person, and world knows nothing about his life away from his office.
We are talking about Ratan Naval Tata, the ex chairman of Tata Group. For decades we have seen Mr. Ratan Tata pioneering the Indian automotive industry to a new dimension. It is no surprise, that Ratan Tata has been emotionally attached with Tata Motors. He made the impossible task possible with the Tata Indica and Tata Nano. To put it in a simple way, we can say, Ratan Tata is crazy about cars, in his personal life and professional life as well.
During his tenure as the chairman of Tata Group, he has been spotted many times behind his exotic car’s steering near his residence on South Bombay roads. It is also a known fact that every weekend he takes his cars for a spin. Now, as he has retired from the post, he invests more time for his exotic rides. He is also known as one of the few business tycoons around the world who loves to take the seat behind the steering wheel rather than being seated at the rear and driven by chauffeur. Inside Ratan Tata’s garage there are dozens of beautiful cars and we tried to bring you one look at them.
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Italian luxury sports car maker Ferrari comes back to India with new range of cars and dealer partners. They launched the luxury hard top convertible California T in India with a hope to sell at least 15-20 models by the end of 2015.
Yesterday in a program in Mumbai, Ferrari launched this stunning car which will be sold from their dealer partner Navnit Motors in Bandra Kurla complex, they even launched the car in Delhi today. Incidentally, earlier Ferrari launched their products in India back in 2011, but they discontinued last year. In their second innings here Ferrari is looking to become a stronger contender in Indian luxury sports car market.
As far as the car is concerned their entry level model the California T comes with a revised look which sports f12 Berlinetta inspired front grilles and contemporary LED headlamps at the front façade, while at the side profile the fenders are highlighted specially. At the rear horizontally aligned quad exhaust pipes draw the attention. The restyled interior too looks equally stylish and stunning.
The ’T’ of California T represents turbocharged. The sports car gets a powerful 3855 cc unit displacing turbocharged V8 engine matched with 7 speed dual clutch transmission. This engine produces about 552 hp at 7500 rpm, while the torque amount is 755 Nm at 4750 rpm. The car has a top speed of about 316 kmph, and it can even sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 3.6 seconds.
In 2008, Ferrari introduced the California as a hard-top convertible with a V-8 engine upfront. It was the very first such naturally aspirated V8 convertible to come out of the Maranello factory. It was the first to use a dual-clutch transmission and a front-mounted, direct-injection V-8. It was also the first Ferrari to use a multi-link rear suspension setup.
In terms of its price, the California was the entry-level Ferrari sitting at the lower end of the range. In 2014, Ferrari launched the next generation California. The new Ferrari drop-top GT is called the California T where ’T’ refers to ’Turbocompressore’. This new machine is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 instead of the naturally aspirated unit. It retains the metal-folding roof, a long bonnet and short overhangs.
The forced induction V-8 on the new model produces more power and torque than its predecessor and to me; it is slightly more better looking. The previous generation California was actually meant to be a Maserati, but steep development costs forced the management to give it a second thought. This is not the official position of Ferrari, although some reports do point to this theory.
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Ferrari has released information about the upcoming Ferrari California convertible. The V-8 powered sports car will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Earlier, first images of the car had leaked onto the internet. Now, Ferrari has revealed details of the new California via a press release.
The new car will be called the California T and for the first time, the 3.8-liter V8 will have two turbochargers bolted to it. The engine is built from the ground up at Ferrari’s Maranello factory and promises to deliver "exhilarating" performance, despite the addition of a turbine.
The California has been the base Ferrari and with the added horsepower and improved performance, the California T seems all set to re-write history with a more fuel efficient engine and blistering performance.
On the outside, the new California T gets a revised exterior design. The lines are much more cleaner this time than on the old California. The 2+2 layout has been carried over. While the front sports subtle tweaks with new headlights, bumper and grille element, the rear is more like the old model. The interior too has been reworked upon for a more sportier and fresh look.
The front mounted V-8 puts out 552 horsepower, up from 483 horsepower from a 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The front-mid engine- rear-wheel drive hard-top convertible seems to have moved up a notch thanks to the addition of a couple of turbochargers. This being a grand touring car, the California rides a bit soft compared to the rest of the Ferrari sports car range.
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The accessible Ferrari. That’s what they call the California. The California is a different kind of Ferrari, a Ferrari for first time Ferrari owners. A bit too radical for many since it is the first Ferrari road car to have a front-mounted V8 engine and also a dual-clutch gearbox. The California though isn’t the first Ferrari to have a removable hard-top and this is not the first time that Ferrari has used the California name. The name California first appeared on the 250GT in 1957. Launched in 2009, Ferrari gave the California a revised version that offers more power, less weight and an optional Handling Speciale pack. The California’s aim is to usher in a number of first time customers for Ferrari which is why the company took a different direction. According to Ferrari the approach has worked as 70 percent of the Californias sold to date have gone to buyers new to the Ferrari brand. The manufacturer gave the California a mid-life cycle refresh at the Geneva Motor Show by making it lighter and more powerful. Apart from being the cheapest Ferrari in the line up, the California is softer and more approachable. The California is priced in India at Rs2,20,00,000.