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Whoa, a sportsbike for £1,899! Yes folks, this is the WK Bikes 125 Sport, a fully-faired 125cc motorsickle from China. If you’re looking for modern styling, top spec components and sex appeal, you’ll need to save your pocket money for a bit longer. What you are getting is 1980s styling with an uninspiring but economical four-stroke engine. Although it’s not a bad bike by any stretch of the imagination, it’s not likely to get you a new girlfriend down the local chippy either. The WK Sport is for the geeky teenager or middle-aged novice with rose-tinted visor. Go for the naked 125R and you’ll save £200, or the Trail for just £1,499.



THE new Ducati 1199 Superleggera (don’t call it a Panigale…) nearly missed out on this list; only 500 are being made and they’re being offered to existing owners of Desmosedici RRs and earlier R model Ducati superbikes. But since most people who are likely to be interested in such a machine probably meet those criteria, and any unsold Superleggeras will be offered on general sale, it just squeezes in as a bike that ‘anyone’ could buy. Of course, that ‘anyone’ needs access to £54k, or the equivalent of two-and-a-bit Panigale Rs. Yes, the Superleggera is sure to be awesome, but over here the general consensus is that our imaginary money would be more likely to go in the direction of a lightly used Desmosedici RR. Who cares if it’s slower, that MotoGP-derived styling and V4 engine wins us over. For real buyers, though, that’s unlikely to be an issue. They’ll have both.



Ecosse’s brawny Heretic lineup is coming to an end, and the outgoing flagship Series RR bike ($275,000) will soon be capped off by the even more exclusive (and pricey) FE Ti XX, which will see 13 units produced.

The new world’s most expensive motorcycle will be powered by a 2,409cc billet engine with Ecosse’s highest ever horsepower figure: 225 hp at the rear wheel. Carbon fiber finishes abound, the saddle comes from high-end Italian leathermaker Berluti, and the exhaust pipes have a ceramic media shot-peened finish on grade-9 titanium… but this ultimate Ecosse won’t be king forever. When it’s released, the upcoming ES1 model will usurp the crown with a $350,000 price tag. It’s tough keeping up with the Joneses, eh?



hexa_650x400_71477145299Home-grown auto major Tata Motors is all set to launch its new premium crossover – Tata Hexa early next year. Slated for 18th January 2017 launch the car will be targeted against the Toyota Innova Crysta and Mahindra XUV500. Tata Motors has been very forward about the car’s design and styling, so you already know what the all-new Tata Hexa looks like and we have already shared our first impressions of the crossover, taking about our driving experience and feature offerings of the Hexa. So here’s all the other things that need to know about the soon-to-be-launched Tata Hexa.

tata-hexa-performance_827x510_81477068631Tata Hexa Side Profile

The Tata Hexa will replace the carmaker’s previous premium 7-seater – the Aria,in the Indian car market. The Hexa will be the carmaker’s flagship model in the country and apart from the price, we now know almost everything about the Hexa. In terms of design and styling, the Tata Hexa is much more than just a new crossover in the market. It is an effective replacement to the underwhelming Aria. The styling is beefier, modern and upmarket with an abundance of chrome and gloss thrown in. In addition to that the Hexa offers a host of exterior features like – projector headlamps, LED DRLs, accentuated wheel arches with black body cladding, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and dual exhausts.

Tata Motors will be offering a total of six variants and nine different iterations on the premium crossover and it will come with the option of both 6-seater and 7-seater cabin layout. The variant list includes – XE, XM, XT, XMA, XTA, and XT 4×4, out of which, the 6-seater configuration as an option will be available only on the XT, XTA and XT 4×4. The remaining trims will be offered in the 7-seater configuration as standard.

tata-hexa-cabin_827x510_81477068372Tata Hexa Cabin
The cabin offers a sporty feel with an all-black treatment that is further accentuated by the use of a good amount of soft touch materials to give it an upmarket feel. The three-spoke steering wheel that is seen on latest Tata cars, makes an appearance here as well along with a host of features. The new crossover comes with several comfort features like high-quality contoured leather seats (height adjustable for the driver), high head room and leg room for passengers, and auto climate control among others. There car also gets a lot of gizmos on board including, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX-IN and smartphone connectivity, 10 JBL speakers, and more.

Under the hood the new Tata Hexa draws power from the 2.2-litre diesel engine that is available in two trims – Varicor 320 and Varicor 400. The former develops 148bhp and 320Nm of peak torque, and comes mated to only a 5-speed manual gearbox sending power to the rear wheels and is offered only with base XE variant .

On the other hand, the more powerful Varicor 400 engine makes 154bhp and develops 400Nm of peak torque and does duty on all the higher models. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit. Furthermore, Tata Motors will be offering 4×4 or as the company calls it ‘Super Drive Mode,’ which will only come with the XT trim, while the lower variants will send power only to the rear wheels. The 4×4 trim also gets a Terrain Management System.

tata-hexa-rear-profile_827x510_81477068297Tata Hexa Rear Profile

Bookings have already commenced at a token amount of ₹ 11,000, while deliveries will begin soon after the launch. However, Tata’s efforts will boil down to the pricing that could truly make or break the Hexa. With the Innova and XUV being strong contenders, Tata is likely to undercut the competition, something we’ve seen it do with the Tiago, and that could work in the crossover’s favour.


Cars are modern marvels of engineering that have become a very important part of ourlifestyles. Because modern life propels us to spend quite a lot of time on the road, it becomes imperative to choose the car with the maximum comfort. We enlist seven cool new-age features that the Fiat Linea has nailed, and how:

1. Power Window with Delay and Auto Down Function

That’s to get your hands on other things than the power window button!

Why Fiat Linea is the Most Comfortable Luxury Car Ever

2. External Temperature Display

Most car air conditioners do not recognize the ideal temperature. Some either freeze us close to death, or leave us straddling for some air by coming right at their face. An external temperature display can therefore help us monitor the temperature of the car rightly.

3. Vanity Mirror – Passenger Side

Often, the passenger sitting next to the driver annoys him, as she shifts the rear view mirror to apply lipstick or whatever. Now what if she could get a cool vanity mirror perched right above her seat?

One modification all cars must necessarily have, to preserve the world order, must say!

4. Foldable Key

A desmodronic key has a spring that will prevent twisted keys.

Why Fiat Linea is the Most Comfortable Luxury Car Ever

5. Electrically Adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors

Rather than manually adjusting outside rear view mirrors, much to our inconvenience, we would certainly like electronically adjustable ones for increased ease.

6. Rear Defogger with Timer

The winters or early mornings are a perilous time for driving when the visibility gets drastically reduced. Even though the visibility of the windshield is improved by the existing defogger, lack of visibility in the rear can lead to fatal accidents too. The rear defogger is therefore, in all senses imperative in all modern day cars.

Why Fiat Linea is the Most Comfortable Luxury Car Ever

7. Radio CD-MP3 with 4 Speakers

Nothing kills a killer driving experience than bad quality or low volume speakers. We definitely want the best speakers of their kind for our car. How about a player with 4 in-built speakers, eh?



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.

team-maruti-at-maruti-suzuki-rally-arunachal_827x510_61482309275Team Maruti at the Maruti Suzuki Rally of Arunachal

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.

maruti-suzuki-rally-of-arunachal_827x510_41482309318Maruti Suzuki Rally Of Arunachal

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)

maruti-suzuki-rally-of-arunachal-in-action_827x510_41482309346Maruti Suzuki Rally Of Arunachal In Action

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




Bollywood actor Amit Sadh, who is currently in London for the shooting of Akshay Kumar-starrer Gold, got an unpleasant surprise on Monday morning when he saw that his bike was missing from his hotel compound.

Amit, who used to travel to Gold sets on the bike, took to Twitter to express his disappointment. “Got up at 5.30 in the morning and was all set to ride my Triumph bike to the sets of ‘Gold’ when it went missing! Hope that they track it soon,” Amit tweeted alongside a photograph in which he can be seen suited up while getting ready for the ride.

Gold is a sports drama directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner Excel Entertainment.

It is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in the year 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.


India’s small but growing super car market has managed to buck the slowdown, though the duty hike in the budget this year has caused some “volatility”. According to super car companies the 100 units a year supercar market in India—where the average car price hovers around the Rs 3 crore and above mark—has faced off the slowdown much better than their mass market cars, which cost just about 1% of their price tag.


Price is Right

“The supercar segment is very niche even in the luxury car market,” said Pavan Shetty, head of Indian operations, Lamborghini India. “A supercar not only has to cost €200,000 or more before duty, but it should be 2-door and crank out at least 400 PS of power.” By that definition, the supercar models available in India include the Mercedes Benz SLS, the Bentley GT, the Audi R8, the Ferrari models and someAston Martin variants.


Lamborghini India, which has just launched a limited India edition of the Gallardo LP550 of which all of six cars will be available for sale, has already sold one car— at Rs 3.06 crore ex-Maharashtra — even before the launch of the vehicle. “We sold 14 cars in 2011 and 17 in 2012 and we are definitely faring better than last year in 2013, but we need to wait and see the impact of the duty on the market,” said Shetty.


He admits that the slowdown has not hit this segment as badly as other, more mass market, cars. “It’s true the extent of the slowdown is not as bad as it is in other car segments and besides the base is too small,” he said.


Next Gen

The good news though is the new generation of supercar enthusiasts that this segment is now attracting. “Although unlike developed markets, there are no professionals going for supercars in India, a brand new segment of owners is coming up here as well, and these are mostly the second generation of business houses and self-achievers,” said Shetty.


This new generation knows their cars and the technology behind them, which explains why the customisation quirks are not very different from global trends, said Shetty. “Typically customers want to see the engine through the glass bonnet and they want the usual bells and whistles like blue tooth, rear view camera, parking sensors, etc, but the favourite colours continue to be yellow and orange, which are the Lamborghini colours worldwide,” he said.


Source: Times of India

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The NDTV Car and Bike Awards have the distinction of being India’s most credible automobile awards, while also having India’s most voted for Viewers’ Choice categories. The CNB Viewers’ Choice Car and Two Wheeler of the Year are sought after trophies at each year’s event. The 12th edition of the NDTV Car and Bike Awards concluded today with the best of the best winning the coveted awards.

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India swept the 2017 NDTV CarandBike awards with the Honda Navi winning the coveted Two Wheeler of the Year, as well as notching up wins in the Two Wheeler Design of the Year as well as Team HMSI notching up the PR and Communication of the Year for the Honda Navi. The two wheeler jury was of the unanimous view that the Honda Navi is can neither be called a scooter, nor a motorcycle, so a new category had to be introduced and the Navi also won that category, the Mini Bike of the Year.

The Scooter of the Year Award goes to the Aprilia SR 150 while the NDTV Viewers’ Choice Two Wheeler of the Year Award was won by the Bajaj V15. Other notable winners include the Triumph Street Twin, Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Here’s a list of the winners in the two wheeler categories:

Two Wheeler of the Year

honda-navi_827x510_81481901034Honda Navi

Scooter of the Year

aprilia-sr-150_827x510_61481901249Aprilia SR 150

Motorcycle of the Year (Up to 110cc)

tvs-victor_827x510_81481901304TVS Victor

Motorcycle of the Year (Up to 160cc)

honda-cb-hornet-160r_827x510_41481901344Honda CB Hornet 160R
Motorcycle of the Year (Up to 250cc)

tvs-apache-rtr-200-4v_827x510_41481901648TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Motorcycle of the Year (Up to 500cc)

royal-enfield-himalayan_827x510_51481901686Royal Enfield Himalayan

Motorcycle of the Year (Up to 1000cc)

triumph-street-twin_827x510_61481901749Triumph Street Twin

Motorcycle of the Year (Above 1000cc)

ducati-multistrada-1200-enduro_827x510_41481901801Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Viewers’ Choice Two Wheeler of the Year

bajaj-v15_827x510_51481901842Bajaj V15

Mini Bike of the Year

honda-navi_827x510_71481901893Honda Navi

Two Wheeler Design of the Year



Honda Navi


Not your average Nissan, the brilliant all-electric Leaf has just had a £2,500 price-cut. Most drivers, though, still won’t be able to live with this car’s limited battery range.