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So you know it’s a good day when you’re greeted by Audi’s line-up of the S4, R8 and TT in the driveway. Walk in to the venue and there’s already much anxiety over the new car to be launched.


As Audi India head Michael Perschke takes the stage, he quickly reminds you that the luxury market has taken a beating in the last few years, with a nominal 20-25% increase (more than 50% of which is attributed to Audi car sales) cursed by the dwindling rupee value and the 25% duty hike on imported cars.


Yet Audi has still managed a 20% upswing where others brands are on a downward trajectory. Having beat BMW and Mercedes-Benz to pole position last year, we reckon Audi’s got 2013-2014 in the pocket considering their first 6 months sales figures trump the other two players.


It’s easy to pick up on Audi’s aggressive social media strategy and commercial promotions (remember the Audi Arctic ice driving experience and Race 2 R8 posters?), but what’s more interesting is that as BMW rolls out the 1 series andMercedes-Benz the new A class, Audi’s been hitting it out of the ballpark with a new model launch every single month this year. While January welcomed the Q5, February the R8, and March the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI, the following months were about the R8 V10 Plus, Audi A6 special edition, the new Audi RS5, and we can shortly expect the Audi S6.


On that note, we arrive at the unveiling of the only RS model from the marquee in India, and under the wraps glistens a very blue RS 5 Coupe, a 2-door 4-seat drive with the signature matte aluminium Audi rings screaming luxury right off the bumper.


At first go, you may have trouble finding the awe factor about the car’s appearance, but your struggle is quickly diffused when the LED on the Xenon Plus headlamps remind you why there truly is none other like an Audi. The dual branch exhaust system and oval tailpipes are one of the reasons most Audi cars look just as good going, as they do coming your way.


Audi Rules Luxury Car Market, Unveils RS 5 Coupe

Audi RS 5 has a 4.2 litre V8 FSI engine


The car has had a design upgrade and now features more angled upper corners and a high-gloss anthracite diamond design grille. The sizeable 19″ 10-spoke aluminium alloy wheels coupled with the car’s ceramic break system would make this a dream drive for speed enthusiasts.


The interiors are just as well, with clean lines of nappa leather upholstery and electrically adjustable sports seats in the front. A multifunction driver friendly steering wheel is equipped with quick touch controls for the air conditioning and MMI navigation system.


On further inspection we note the car’s infotainment package includes the standard Audi sound system with some pretty powerful Bang & Olufsen speakers.


Under the hood is a 4.2 litres V8 FSI that gives 450hp @8,250 rpm. This lets the car do 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, electronically adjusted to max out at 250km/h.


In terms of fuel efficiency, Audi claims the RS 5 stats stand at 10.5 litres per 100km, and we know the 7 Speed S Tronic Transmission system contributes significantly to these figures.


Audi Rules Luxury Car Market, Unveils RS 5 Coupe

Nappa leather upholstery and electrically adjustable sports seats


But what we believe drivers will enjoy the most yet again is the Audi Auto Drive select, a one-touch button control on the central console that provides you different drive modes like auto, dynamic, comfort, efficient and individual.


And when in the need for speed, hit Launch Control to zoom off into sports mood from the point of standstill in the least possible time.


Priced at just under Rs 1 cr (Rs 95,28,000 ex-showroom Maharashtra), will the RS 5 beat the BMW 1 series andMercedes-Benz A class to the finish line? We’ll have to wait and watch.

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Much like the CBF125, the YBR is built to a budget. You get a seat rack as standard, a slightly lower seat height at 780mm and 10hp to play around with. Much like the CBF again, you’ll be lucky to get far beyond 65mph. 

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Price: $150, 000

 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller is also in the race of the world’s most exclusive bikes. This bike is manufactured in America by Hildebrand & Muller. This bike is 116 years old. This bike is in the list due to its rarity and history. This bike has 2 unique cylinder engines with double exhaust mixture that makes it well-known among American Bikers

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You have to admit, a luxury drive on the road hooks your gaze well until it is out of sight; especially for a country where sports car enthusiasts don’t even raise an eyebrow at a 25% duty increase.

If you’re the kind of pure bred auto enthusiast who can recognise a supercar by its engine sound, here’s a round up of must-visit museums that are right up your alley

Image Courtesy: Lamborghini 

TAGS: lamborghiniporscheferrarienzo ferrarimaybachmercedes-benzBMWmuseumscar museumscar anniversaryporsche 911germanyitalyczech republicluxury carstravel

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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.

kawasaki-kx100_827x510_71481615238(Kawasaki KX100)

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.

kawasaki-kx250_827x510_71481615144(Kawasaki KX250)

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!


An electric car without range anxiety – that’s the compelling proposition offered by the Volt. Its batteries will last up to 50 miles on a mains top-up before its petrol engine cuts in.

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According to an official press release issued by Ferrari, the FF will make its world premiere today, February 23rd 2011, at 6:00pm CET on Ferrari.com.

Clients and enthusiasts can experience this exceptional event in eight different languages by simply connecting to the website.

The world premiere in Maranello will be presented by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and CEO Amedeo Felisa.

The exclusive presentation on the Internet can also be seen on iPhone and iPad in English and Italian.

To see the car from close up it is necessary to wait for the Geneva Motorshow, where the FF has already been listed as the main protagonist of the Swiss event.

2011 Ferrari ff snow
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Shuffling between cities and visiting remote locations has become easier for corporate India that has turned towards executive jets to ferry them whenever and wherever they want.

“India has realised a 46 per cent increase in registered private jets in the past 36 months,” said Justin Firestone of aviation consultancy firm Firestone, which recently came out with a bi-annual report on Indian aviation.

Though small in number, the niche is witnessing a boom, thereby attracting all major aircraft manufacturers to India. “The growth opportunity for private jet manufacturers to deliver their products into India is tremendous,” Firestone said.

The report says that India currently has a total of 136 private jets made by global aircraft manufacturers like Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna, Bombardier and Gulfstream.

The spurt in demand of these technologically advanced and luxurious aircraft is the realisation of an unmet demand and current travel needs of the industry, said Amber Dubey, director for aerospace and defence with global consultancy KPMG. “With the demand for business travel on the rise, corporate sector and high-net individuals have started to realise the benefits of owning an executive jet. It saves time and gives hassle-free travel,” Dubey added.

He further foresees the demand for the executive jet sector to be on the higher side in the coming three-to-four years.

Currently, private jets’ range varies from around $4 million to $58 million.

Ownership Numbers

The owners’ club includes like DLF’s KP Singh, Raymond’s Gautam Singhania, Reliance Group’s Mukesh Ambani and GMR group’s GM Rao. According to the official data by the aviation regulator of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the private jet fleet in the country is around 135 out of a total of 1,146 aircraft.

“Yes, we do receive many applications from different sectors and companies who want to obtain permission to import these aircraft,” said a high ranking DGCA official.

“Many corporate houses have registered their own – non-scheduled operator company – with the agency. Once the registration process is completed the company operates the aircraft as per its organisation’s requirements.”

But the high growth rate in acquisition of the niche aircraft type may be damped with a recently-imposed import duty of 2.5 percent on the aircraft.

Dubey feels that the need and demand for these aircraft would remain high even if the cost of acquiring the aircraft becomes a bit costly.

“It will just get a little costlier to have the aircraft, but the advantages that it provides are tremendous,” Dubey said.

Trends within the niche sector suggest that the Indian customer is now more attracted to technologically-advanced jet-powered executive aircraft rather than the propeller-driven ones.

“The interesting fact which has come out is the demand shift in executive jets, from propeller driven aircraft to more technologically advanced jets which are faster and provide more comfort,” said Ashok Pratap Rai, chief executive of leading charter aircraft service provider Club One Air.

Another boost for the growing segment could come from Delhi International Airport Ltd. The company is expected to take a decision soon on an integrated domestic-cum-international terminal complex for LCC and private jets.

Source: IANS

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If you are one of the lucky owners of the super swanky Jaguar F-Type sports car, you’re in for a real treat. Inspite of all the awesomeness that already comes with this stylish convertible, there’s room for more. To match the extremely classy ride while you take it out on a holiday, Jaguar has collaborated with luxury French luggage brand Moynat to create a bespoke trunk.


Designed specifically to fit the F-Type, the trunk is handmade with eight layers of wood covered in slate grey leather. The finishing touch is the lining, done in a striking mandarin orange shade, which happens to be Moynat’s signature colour.


This unique affiliation was also a way of commemorating the opening of Moynat’s first boutique in London. Trivia: the trunk took over 900 man hours from conception to completion!


This is not the first time that the fast and the furious have ‘bagged’ the fashion fraternity. Remember the stylish partnership between Louis Vuitton and BMW we told you about? Or the pretty woman’s handbag collection that Bentley came up with?


We can only but welcome these collaborations with our credit cards in tow.

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