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TVS Motor Company’s Apache series held its ground in the performance-oriented 150-180cc bike segment in India for a while now. The latest addition to the Apache line-up here, the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, aims to further fortify the company’s performance products in addition to taking the performance pedigree of the Apache series a notch higher for the TVS Motor Company.tvs-apache-rtr-200-4v-827_827x510_51453287268The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, in a way, breaks new ground for the company – taking the first definitive step towards hi-performance motorcycles. Labelled as being inspired by motorcycle racing and designed for the racing enthusiast, the RTR 200 4V offers a great package- with aggressive looks, usable performance and even racing diagnostics in its instrument panel. We put the bike through its paces at the TVS test track in Hosur.

Design and Features

Overall, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V doesn’t look radically different from its siblings – the Apache RTR 160 and the Apache RTR 180. But the Apache 200 does seem to have been given a leaner, meaner and sleeker look, yet with all the muscle and cuts expected from a performance naked.

The chiseled fuel tank has sharp shrouds at both sides which serve a dual purpose – enhance the sporty looks, but more importantly to direct air flow towards the spark plug to aid in cooling.

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The all-digital speedometer is a first for any TVS bike and offers a long list of read-outs that includes the usual speedo, odo, tacho, fuel level, and trip meter as well as a service reminder, gear shift indicator, low battery indicator, lap timer and top speed read out. The clip-on handlebar is made of forged aluminium, allowing weight saving of around 1.5kg.

The split seats not only look good, but offer good comfort, both for pillion and rider. The rear side panel tapers off to a nice LED taillight, topped off by a sporty looking split grab rail. Brakes comprise of a single 270mm petal disc up front and a 240mm disc at the rear. ABS will be offered as an option soon. Overall, the Apache RTR 200 4V is an aggressively good looking motorcycle – be it in terms of overall silhouette or the minutest of details and high quality features.

Engine and Performance

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by an all-new, 198cc, four stroke, oil-cooled engine, that is available in a carburetted as well as a fuel-injected variant, making around 20bhp of power at 7000rpm and 18.1Nm of torque at 7000rpm. The engine is from a new family of TVS-engineered power plants which feature an oil-cooled combustion chamber and ram air assist cooling, a first in its class.

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Start up the Apache RTR and the engine settles into a deep idle. Rev it up, and the throaty, full bodied sound of the exhaust note will immediately impress you. The exhaust, named the Double Barrel by TVS, has been engineered to produce a meatier and bassier note, and has been tuned for delivering optimum performance.

The five-speed gearbox shifts with precision, and what also impressed us is the strong mid-range of the Apache 200’s engine, complemented by the throaty growl from its exhaust. The numbers on paper don’t seem much to go ga-ga over, but the Apache 200 certainly provides entertaining performance, though a little more punch towards the top end of the rev band would have been the icing on the cake. The carburetted engine sounds great but our pick would be the fuel-injected mill, which offers fantastic power delivery and throttle response – nice and linear.

Ride, Handling and Braking

The Apache 200 4V’s suspension consists of high quality race-tuned KYB monoshock and front telescopic forks offering very good shock absorption, even over broken patches and road undulations.

What’s more impressive is the taut handling of the bike, even while cornering at high speeds. Of course, the Pirelli rubbers on the top variants offer even more confidence and grip, be it while cornering or braking.

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Braking is handled by petal discs at both ends – a 270mm disc at the front and a 240mm at the rear. Dual channel ABS with rear lift prevention control will be available too by March. Despite ABS being absent on the test bikes that we rode around the track, braking was progressive and with sufficient bite to not worry about skidding or losing traction, also thanks partly to the excellent rubber.

Variants and Market Positioning

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at 88,990 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base carburetted version with TVS Remora tyres. Pirellis are available as an option at an extra cost of around 7,000. The EFI versions will cost between 12,000-15,000 more and the top of the line ABS variant, once available, will be priced at around 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

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Braking is handled by petal discs at both ends – a 270mm disc at the front and a 240mm at the rear. Dual channel ABS with rear lift prevention control will be available too by March. Despite ABS being absent on the test bikes that we rode around the track, braking was progressive and with sufficient bite to not worry about skidding or losing traction, also thanks partly to the excellent rubber.

Variants and Market Positioning

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced at 88,990 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base carburetted version with TVS Remora tyres. Pirellis are available as an option at an extra cost of around 7,000. The EFI versions will cost between 12,000-15,000 more and the top of the line ABS variant, once available, will be priced at around 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

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maruti-suzuki-baleno-front-3-4th-827_827x510_61445611971It was a day of world premieres for Maruti Suzuki when it showcased both the Vitara Brezza and the Baleno RS at the 2016 Auto Expo. The company had made it clear that it will be bringing the concept to life in India and will be launching it in the second half of this year; to be specific in October.

Of course we all know that the company has made India its production hub for the Baleno and with this decision, we’ll see a lot more cars following this trend. In fact the Baleno RS will make its European debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale soon.

Though Maruti Suzuki calls it a concept hatchback, we all know that what you are looking at is the production ready model and as we’ve told you earlier will come with a new black colour. The performance variant is powered by the 1.0-litre BoosterJet direct injection turbo petrol engine that is currently on sale Suzuki cars internationally. The Baleno RS will also mark Maruti Suzuki’s entry into the hot hatch segment which has been currently dominated by Fiat and Volkswagen.

The new 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol enables the 3-pot unit to produce 112bhp and 175Nm of peak torque. The Maruti Baleno RS concept features a bold and aggressive design language as per the company, which adds aggression to the styling of the standard model. The overall silhouette of the Baleno RS remains the same as the standard Baleno but on the inside, we expect the variant to be a bit sporty.

While the basic look still reminds you of the standard Baleno, the additions definitely add a sporty and premium touch, thanks to the all-black interiors, minimal chrome inserts, front sports seats with cross stitched upholstery. The centre console retains the SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay while the multi-function steering wheel from the standard could have been replaced with a flat-bottom unit. You also get aluminium finish pedals to complete the look.

 

 

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Honda_Activa_3G_LeftHonda 2 Wheelers today announced the continued success of its popular automatic scooter Activa, which has bagged the title for being country’s top selling scooter for the fifth time this fiscal in January 2016. Last month Honda sold a total of 210,123 units of the iconic automatic scooter Activa in India crossing the 2 lakh sales mark. This brings the Activa’s sales over four times bigger than the nearest competition, Hero Maestro, which recorded total sales of 48,000 units in January 2016.

In its official statement, Honda 2 Wheelers mentioned that to meet the growing demand for the Active, the company is currently manufacturing the scooter is all four plants at Manesar Tapukara, Narsapuram, and Vithalapur. In fact it’s not just the Activa, but all the Honda scooter models are in the top 10 selling scooter models in the month, says Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior VP for sales & marketing at Honda Motorcycle & Scooter.

Commenting on this new milestone Gularia said, “For Honda, 2016 is a landmark year and the positive momentum will only grow further. Honda’s new 4th plant in Gujarat – its first scooter only factory has started commercial production in January 2016. This is a GAME CHANGER. The additional capacity will help us to spread ‘Scooterization’ even to the last mile network and serve our customers with speed. Parallely, this plant now allows us to optimize production of motorcycles with special focus on recent fun motorcycle launches viz. Livo, CB Shine SP and CB Hornet 160R.”

In terms of impact on industry, thanks to the growing sales of the Honda Activa, the Japanese two-wheeler giant was able to help the industry grow by 2 per cent points to 30% in April-January period of FY’2015-16. And this is just with Honda’s contribution of automatic scooters. In addition Honda 2 Wheelers saw some great success in the motorcycle segment as well with the newly launched Honda Live 110cc motorcycle and much more popular 125cc premium commuter CB Shine.

In a very short span since its launch, Honda’s urban sporty 110cc motorcycle Livo has crossed 1 lakh unit sales milestone led by overwhelming demand of first time aspirational urban customers. This milestone comes at a time when overall 110cc mass motorcycle segment continues to decline by -6% led by weak buying sentiment in rural economy. At the same time Honda’s leading 125cc premium commuter CB Shine reclaimed the premier spot as segment leader with 76,562 units being sold last month. With this the CB Shine sales jumped a massive 23% taking Honda’s pushing Honda’s market share in the segment up to 46%.

 

 

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With car sales down, it has been quite a challenge that the automotive industry is facing. However, there is one part of it that is doing well and that is the motorcycle segment. Most of the concentration with regards to sales has been the 100-110cc commuter bike segment.

The segment has already registered over 6.2 million sales in the financial year of 2013-14. The success has been thanks to the concentration of the companies on mileage over power. Hero Motocorp over the years has had strong presence in this segment but bikes like Honda’s Dream Neo has managed to give the likes of the Splendor tough competition.

TVS recently made the headlines by introducing the Star city+ and Yamaha too has announced plans to manufacture world’s cheapest motorcycle costingRs. 30000 in India to attempt and establish themselves in the commuter bike segment.

With more than 20 offerings in this segment we give you the top picks:

TVS Star City Plus

TVS is back with the launch of the Star City Plus which is the latest avatar from the Star bike family. The bike was first showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo and is a refreshed and premium variant aimed to attract young buyers who are now spoilt for choice in this continuously growing entry-level motorcycle segment. Since this is the most recent one to be launched we wait to see how the market reacts to it. But TVS has made it one competitive bike.

Price: Rs. 44,000 (ex-Showroom, Delhi)

Engine: 109cc

Claimed Mileage: 86 km/l

Hero Splendor

Now, there is a slight confusion over the number of Splendors in the market. There is the Splendor Plus, Splendor Pro, Splendor NXG and the latest of them all, the Splendor i-smart. With so many versions, it is easy to see how successful this bike has been for Hero. The easy to maintain 100cc engine, has made life easier for customers and with the i-smart the company is taking it to the next level. The i-smart has a new technology developed by the company called the i2S. This green technology helps the engine to shut automatically when idling and turns it on when needed thus increasing the fuel efficiency. So, a Start/ Stop function in a bike.

Price: Rs. 42,750-48,550

Engine: 98cc – 104cc

Mileage: 65-70 km/l

Honda Dream Neo

The Honda Dream Neo was the 2014 NDTV motorcycle of the year in the upto 110cc segment. It is the first commuter segment bike from HMSI to get HET or Honda Eco Technology. The styling and mature looking bike with an analogue speedometer and fuel-gauge was an instant hit. Value for money is the only way to describe this bike.

Price: Rs.43,842-47,869 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Engine: 109cc

Claim mileage: 72 km/l

Honda Twister

Now some might say that this is an old bike and yes it has been in the market for a while now. The sharp looks and slightly raked rear shows that the target audience is the youth. With the 110 cc engine and the smooth gear box the Twister scores high on ride and handling as well.

Price: Rs. 47,691

Engine: 109cc

Claim mileage: 74 km/l

Bajaj Discover 100M

Now, one cannot completely discount Bajaj from this competition and with the Discover line-up of bikes it caters to a different sub-section in the commuter bike segment. The entry level Discover model has defiantly eaten up a small slice from the big cake which is dominated by Hero MotoCorp.

Visually the 100M and 100T are no different as the bikes come with a muscular fuel tank and alloy wheels very much like the 125ST. The 100M misses out on a monoshock and the fuel switch on the side panel.

Rest all features are very similar to the Splendor pro series – Electric start, low maintenance battery,4 valve engine but Bajaj has managed to make its bike look better.

Price: Rs. 48,028

Engine: 102cc

Claimed mileage: 82 km/l

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Maruti Suzuki India first unveiled the Vitara Brezza at the Auto Expo 2016. The new sub-4 metre SUV from the Indo-Japanese carmaker is based on the bigger, Suzuki Vitara that retails in a number of global markets. Though nearly the same size as the Ford EcoSport, the Vitara Brezza is more beefy, aggressive, and bettering looking SUV compared to the EcoSport. The SUV comes with a number of style additions like projector headlamps, dual tone body colour and other customisation options that gives it a more premium feel. The car will be available only with the 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 88.5bhp and a peak toque of 200 Nm that comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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maruti-suzuki-rally-of-arunachal_827x510_61482309202 (1)It was Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen in the new Vitara Brezza who conquered the fifth leg of Maruti Suzuki National Super League TSD Rally Championship 2016 (MS-NStrdRC) – Rally of Arunachal concluded in Dambuk. The team covered a total distance of over 700 km from Itanagar to Dambuk to win the title as they competed against a total of 40 participants.

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Commenting on the occasion, Vinay Pant, Asst. Vice President, Marketing, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The adrenaline-charged TSD rally championship has witnessed some extremely enthusiastic rallyists, exuding zest and passion.”

It was for the first time that North East India was chosen for any Maruti Suzuki motorsport activities and the TSD rally coincided with the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music that added to the excitement of the participants. The winning ceremony was also graced by the Honourable Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Pema Khandu at the Orange Festive in Dhambuk.

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The rally saw participants team up in the Maruti Suzuki Swift, S-Cross, Gypsy as well as the Vitara Brezza, the newest offering from the automaker in the UV space. Speaking on his victory, Jagmeet Gill said, “It was one of the quaintest destinations I have been to. We are glad to have conquered the undulating terrain and witnessed the music festival on the sidelines too. We are looking forward to the final leg in Gujarat and maintain the winning streak.”

The Maruti Suzuki National Super League TSD Rally Championship is yet another feather in the cap for Maruti Suzuki motorsports in India. With cross country rallies like Raid de Himalaya, Desert Storm and Dakshin Dare as part of Maruti Suzuki’s motorsport activities, the National Super League TSD Rally Championship only adds to the exciting events in Indian motorsport. The MS-NStrdRC is a small format TSD rally championship that lasts over a span of three days and has been designed to encourage more and more motorsport enthusiasts to participate in the events. TSD rallies are already conducted in Indian National Rally Championship (INRC)

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Final results with total penalties:

First -Jagmeet Gill and Chandan Sen- 00:07:18
Second – Ali Ajgar and Mustafa Mohd- 00:08:41
Third – Sachin Singh and M Prakash- 00:12:48

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kawasaki-to-launch-two-motocross-bikes_827x510_71481615048Dirt bikes are a rarity in India. But manufacturers are opening up and exploring this untouched segment of sorts. Kawasaki is one of the very few manufacturers who have officially launched off-road ready dirt bikes in India. The Kawasaki KX100 and the KX250F were recently launched across the country at a price of ₹ 4.68 lakh and ₹ 7.14 lakh respectively. The prices are ex-showroom, Delhi and are exempt from road and registration taxes as they are not road-legal. Therefore, riding these dirt bikes will be restricted to off-road trails and tracks only.

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The Kawasaki KX100 is a mini-motocross bike which gets a 99cc 2-stroke (Yes! These still exist!) Single-cylinder engine which is liquid-cooled and features Kawasaki’s integrated power valve system (KIPS) which can change the exhaust port open times and the ignition timing as well, so as to offer a broader powerband. It also gets 36 mm inverted forks at the front which has 275mm of travel and can be adjusted for compression while at the rear, it gets a Uni-Trak monoshock, again fully adjustable and having 275mm of travel. The bike weighs in at barely 77kg.

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On the other hand, the Kawasaki KX250F gets a bigger 249cc single-cylinder engine which is liquid-cooled. The highlight is the launch control, which ensures that you get the perfect start in a race situation or even just for kicks. The bike is built around an aluminium perimeter frame and weighs in at 107 kg. At the front end, it is fitted with Showa SFF forks and a Showa monoshock at the rear. The travel is 310mm at both ends. The ground clearance on the bike is a massive 330mm. Both these bikes will be brought to India as CBUs. Time to get dirty, then!

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Hero MotoCorp unveiled a slew of new and revamped products at the 2014 Auto Expo followed by back to back launches through the course of the year. The company will launch three more bikes with the onset of the festive season.

 

These three bikes include the Splendor Pro ClassicXtreme Sports and the Passion Pro TR. These motorcycles will be launched in the period starting from now to the end of September. While the Passion Pro TR has already reached a few dealerships, the other two bikes are yet to be officially launched in the Indian market.

 

The Splendor Pro Classic is a cafe racer styled motorcycle based on the Splendor Pro. The bike’s fascia sports a classic round headlight with a cafe racer cowl and round-shape rear view mirrors. It boasts of a new handle bar, new chrome parts for the front and rear fenders and a suspension cover.

 

Xtreme Sports

 

Hero MotoCorp recently launched the 2014 version of the Xtreme and the Xtreme Sports is based on this bike. It comes with new decals and additional features. The Passion Pro TR also comes with new colour options and graphics but also features off-roading capable tyres, a head-lamp grille, a high and bigger front fender, new knuckle guards and differently designed side mirrors. There are no mechanical changes to any of the bikes and they come equipped with the same engine specifications as those of the outgoing regular models.

 

Passion Pro TR

 

Pawan Munjal, Hero Moto-Corp chief, said, “We will be rolling out three new bikes the Passion Pro TR, Splendor Pro Classic and the Xtreme Sports in quick succession over the next five-six weeks. We have already commenced  the despatch of Passion Pro TR to some key markets. There is surely going to be more as we head closer to the festive season, but I don’t want to divulge everything at this time.”

 

Splendor Pro Classic

 

Source: ETAuto

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TVS Victor – the name ring a bell? The Victor was the flag bearer of the Hosur-based two wheeler manufacturer’s commuter motorcycle line-up a decade ago. The old TVS Victor, when launched in 2001, did almost the unthinkable for TVS Motor Company. A refined, yet frugal engine, as well as comfortable ergonomics and good ride quality made the TVS Victor immensely popular.

Also Read: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review

During the time it was in production, the TVS Victor developed a loyal fan following, and even dented sales of the market leader in the commuter motorcycle segment. Rising competition, and a slew of new products in the same segment however saw the Victor brand eventually discontinued in 2007. History lessons apart, the Victor is a very important brand for TVS and one, which now the two-wheeler manufacturer has again revived, in a fresh, new product in the 110cc commuter motorcycle segment.

Indeed, the 2016 TVS Victor, has a lot of expectations riding on its – er, handlebars. The new Victor however, is not just a facelift or a “tweaked” and upgraded version of the old model. TVS says the company did considerable market research to understand what the target customer seeks in a new commuter class 110cc motorcycle. So, the development of a brand new product claiming several best in class features and technology was begun. And those efforts show in the result.

Looks & Design

The 2016 TVS Victor is refreshingly new. The overall design speaks out high quality – full proportions and a muscular silhouette point to the contemporary styling of the bike. Sharp creases run along the length of the body and complemented by smart graphics create an essence of a ‘premium’ commuter motorcycle.

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A modern part-analog, part-digital speedometer takes pride of place in the cockpit. Although not over-the-top hi-tech, the instrument panel is neat and offers good readability. Switch gear is of decent quality too, although the engine kill switch has been given a miss. Instead, that switch has been swapped for the hazard lights. The short and stubby exhaust muffler looks good and supposedly engineered for better performance and efficiency.

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The single piece seat is wide and long and there’s been considerable thought and research given to its design and development as well, says TVS. The result is a claimed best-in-class comfort for both rider and pillion. The large clear lens headlight too has been designed keeping in mind the voice of the customer. Although we didn’t get a chance to check its effectiveness, the headlight is also said to give best-in-class illumination, both on low and high beam. Then of course, the rear end gets a sleek look with a softly rounded grab rail and a smart looking hexagonal tail lamp flanked by clear lens indicators.

Engine and Performance

The most significant change however, is in the heart. The all-new single-cylinder, air-cooled, 110cc engine from the company’s Ecothrust series makes 9.46bhp at 7,500rpm and 9.4Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm. What’s worthy of mention here is that TVS has designed the engine with a unique combustion chamber oil cooling jacket around it, making for better performance, better NVH levels and very good throttle response.

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The engine starts with a mild note and performance is par for the course. Initial pick up is quite impressive and so is in-gear acceleration. What is noteworthy is that refinement levels are quite commendable – and are clearly evident at speeds between 55-70kmph – speeds normally where such commuter bikes will eventually be ridden. That’s not to say that the 2016 TVS Victor is not capable of higher speeds.

At the TVS Motor Company test track in Hosur, we managed to hit a top speed of 94kmph. And for a 110cc engine, there is no sense of harshness or vibrations even at higher rpms. The TVS Victor can easily cruise steadily between 70-80kmph, without breaking a sweat or even letting the rider get any sense of the engine feeling strained or protesting from high-speed riding.

Ride, Handling and Brakes

Ride quality is on the softer side – again to cater to the customer voice. But the TVS Victor offers a supple and comfortable ride. Whether going through undulations on the road surface or even over broken terrain – the likes of which we subjected the bike to at the test track – the Victor took everything in its stride without protest or giving any sense of losing its composure.

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Although not meant for sporty riding, the TVS Victor manages to put a smile when put through the paces of the test track. The chassis doesn’t get in the way of sporty riding and offer surprisingly good handling, even when cornering hard. The new TVS Remora tyres – which are said to offer reduced rolling resistance yet significant improvement in wet grip – offer impressive grip. Braking is handled by a 240mm petal disc up front and a 110mm drum at the rear. Overall braking is quite effective and offers confident stopping power from the combination.

Verdict

The 2016 TVS Victor is positioned at the premium 110cc segment – and it will compete against the likes of the Honda Livo and the Hero Passion XPro. The new TVS Victor is without doubt a well-rounded product, with little to find fault in. How it fares against the competition is another story and we will of course do a full comparison review soon.

Where the TVS Victor could have seen some more improvement is perhaps in the overall design and styling – making it more desirable for the consumer it caters to. But then there is always that customer in this segment who likes the design to be a little understated than brash and young. And that is where the Victor with its simple, yet elegant looks, will have its bases covered well.

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The new TVS Victor is priced at a very 49,490 (ex-showroom Delhi). What you get at that price is a very good 110cc commuter motorcycle – one that will meet most of your requirements – great looks, refined motor, comfortable ride and very good fuel efficiency. Will it revive the magic the Victor brand did for TVS? Not easy to predict. But from all indications, this Victor is certainly going to be a winner, at least for us.

Photography: Rahul Kapoor and Preetam Bora

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maruti-suzuki-baleno-rs_827x510_71488549232The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS hot hatchback has officially been launched in India. The Baleno RS has been priced at ₹ 8.69 lakh and is available exclusively through the Nexa outlets. Available as a single variant model, the new Baleno RS gets a 1.0 litre BoosterJet petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The turbo petrol Baleno RS makes 101 bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. There is no automatic variant on offer yet neither an AMT nor a CVT.

Check out the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS in images here.

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The Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been one of the most popular cars from the Indo-Japnese carmaker. In fact, from the 1st of April 2016 – 31st Jan 2017 Maruti has sold 1.38 lakh units of the Baleno premium hatchback. This alone tells us that a more powerful Baleno RS will surely manage to woo a large number of buyers.

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The Baleno RS gets a slightly altered exterior look as compared to the standard Baleno. It has a new front mesh grille with a chrome bezel and a larger and sportier front bumper too. The front bumper also gets a lip spoiler/splitter, which has been finished in satin black. The car also gets a satin black side skirt and a set of 16-inch wheels that are identical to the standard car but painted in a shade of black. The rear bumper is also completely different with the lower half reminding us of the sporty Japanese hatchbacks from the late 90s and 2000s. The Baleno RS also gets a new and slightly larger spoiler as compared to the standard car. All four wheels get disc brakes – 14 inch at the front and 13 inch at the rear. And as the weight has increased by 60 kg, Maruti has tuned to suspension for better handling as well.

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The new Baleno RS does not get any updates to the interior though. You still get the all-black interior package with the brushed aluminium centre console. The large touchscreen in the centre comes with built-in navigation and Apple CarPlay.

The Baleno RS will go up against the likes of sporty hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, Ford Figo 1.5 and the Abarth Punto Evo. The car will be manufactured at Suzuki’s new plant in Gujarat, which has already commenced the production of the regular Baleno. In fact, over 1000 units of the Baleno hatchback have already rolled out of the facility.

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