Not only is this motorcycle expensive, itâ€™s also extremely fast. This bike, also known as the Y2K Turbine Superbike, is the Guinness World Record holder for the â€œMost Powerful Motorcycle Ever to Enter Series Productionâ€. The turbine engine in this one is made by Rolls Royce and is capable of over 300hp. The motorcycle also boasts carbon fiber fairings, a rear mounted camera with LCD color display, forward-and rear-looking radar detector with laser scrambler, one touch â€œSmart Startâ€ ignition, and many other cool gadgets. This bike seams to be pretty popular in Hollywood. It starred in the movie â€œTorqueâ€ and even Jay Leno owns one!
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 donâ€™t even raise an eyebrow at a 25% duty increase.
If youâ€™re the kind of pure bred auto enthusiast who can recognise a supercar by its engine sound, hereâ€™s a round up of must-visit museums that are right up your alley
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The Nissan GT-R was recently launched in India at a price of ₹ 1.99 crore . This is the first time ever that the hallowed sportscar has made an official entry into the Indian automotive market. Of course, there have been imports earlier. It is so baffling, the fact that a company that manufactures the Sunny, Micra and Terrano, can also make something as terrifying as the GTR. It is a car that has caught the fancy of every automotive nut in the country and whether you can afford to buy it or not, it doesn’t hurt to know more about one of the fastest street legal cars in the world. So here are a few quick facts about the 2017 Nissan GTR.
1. There are only five master craftsmen in the world, who build the engines for the Nissan GT-R. These men are known as Takumis, meaning ‘artisan’. Each engine fitted in a Nissan GTR carries a plaque with the name of the Takumi who painstakingly built the engine.
2. The Nissan GT-R has always been one of the fastest street legal cars in the world. The 2008 GT-R lapped the Nurburgring Nordschlife in 7:29:03 minutes, beating Porsche 997 Turbo’s record by 11 seconds. The 2012 GT-R completed the lap in an even better 7:18:20 minutes. For the record, the Nurburgring Nordschlife is 20.8km long.
3. The claimed 0-100km/h time of the Nissan GT-R is a baffling 2.9 seconds. Quicker than many other more expensive sportscars. The claimed top speed is 315km/h. Don’t ask us the time that it takes to reach that speed. It would probably do so in the time that you take to finish reading this point.
4. The VR38DETT engine on the Nissan GTR is a 3.8-litre V6, which produces a maximum power of 562bhp and peak torque of 637Nm. The motor transfer all of that power to the 4 wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch transmission unit.
5. The Nissan GT-R is lovingly called the ‘Godzilla’. Its prowess at the Japanese and the Australian car racing series led the Australian press to call it the Godzilla and the name stuck ever since.
6. The Nissan GT-R was a favourite of Brian O’Connor, played by Paul Walker in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movie franchise.
7. The Nissan GTR holds the world record for the fastest accelerating production model with four seats
After closing its doors due to insolvency in 2013, German hypercar company Gumpert is back in business and will be bringing an entirely new Bugatti-challenging model to next week’s Geneva motor show. But it won’t be the only boutique firm looking to challenge the establishment.
Called the Apollo N, the company, which has also been renamed Apollo Automobil, isn’t giving much away about the car’s capabilities other than to say it will be the world’s fastest road-legal car when it makes its global debut on March 1.
That is a huge boast. The world’s fastest full production car (i.e., more than 30 identical models built) is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport — 265mph (427.6km/h) — and its replacement, the Chiron, also being unveiled in Geneva, is set to be faster still.
However, the original Apollo was no slouch thanks to its lightweight construction and twin-turbo V8 engine. The ‘Sport’ model could hit 100km/h from standstill in just under 3 seconds and its top speed was comfortably above 220mph (354km/h). It is also one of the fastest cars ever to lap the Nurburgring, completing the course in 7 minutes and 11.57 seconds.
While the new Apollo N is aiming to give Bugatti a run for its money, it could face some very stiff competition from British boutique builder Arash. It will be bringing its all-new AF10 to Geneva and it uses a hybrid powertrain to deliver a scarcely believable 2080bhp — that’s 880bhp more than a Bugatti.
This power comes from a total of five motors working together — a 295bhp electric motor at each wheel and a supercharged V8 sitting in the middle. The car is built almost entirely from carbon fiber or composites so it’s light yet strong and Arash is hoping to sell the car for £1 million (about US$1.4 million).
Another supercar maker that will be resurrecting its brand at Geneva is Dutch firm Spyker. After running into serious financial difficulties after its unsuccessful attempt to buy and relaunch Saab, the company is back on a much surer financial footing. As such, it will be unveiling a totally new model, the C8 Preliator that will feature a new design language and possibly a full electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The 86th Geneva Motor Show opens its doors to the press on March 1 and to the public from March 3.
Now that the festive season is around the corner, carmakers are all set to bring in several new products to cash-in on the opportunity. Starting from June till the end of this calendar year, we’ll see multiple new car launches.
Here’s a list of new and facelifted cars that will be rolled out in June and July 2015.
Audi India that recently rolled out the RS5 and RS7 in India, will now launch the 2015 Q3 facelift on June 18, 2015. Since it’s just a mid-life facelift, the updated model receives minor cosmetic changes along with a slightly tuned engine. As far as the cosmetic changes are concerned, the updated Q3 will get new LED head-lamps and a hexagonal grille. Though the engine remains the same, 2.0-litre TDI, it has been tuned to churns out about 4bhp more than the old
Launch Date – June 18, 2015
Expected Price – Rs. 28 lakh – Rs. 40 lakh
Set to launch on June 23, 2015, the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift has gone received several cosmetic changes and new features. Though the most significant update has come in the form of the improved fuel efficiency. The company claims to have tweaked all of its engines to return up to 7.5 per cent more mileage than before. The updated Vento gets a new front fascia with a revised hood, a new triple slat chrome-grille, new fog lamps and new bumper with a chrome strip. The rear, too, looks slightly refreshed with new tail-lamps, bumper and exhaust pipe.
Launch Date – June 23, 2015
Expected Price – Rs. 7.80 lakh – Rs. 11.5 lakh
Honda Jazz that failed to create any buzz in its first inning is now ready to enter the second-generation in India. With an all new design and availability of a diesel powertrain, the Jazz surely looks a more promising product than before. Powering the diesel model of the car will be the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit that powers the City, Amaze and Mobilio, whereas the petrol model will be the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit that used to power the old model.
Launch Date – July 8, 2015
Expected Price – Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh
There’s no denying that the Hyundai Creta is one of the most eagerly awaited vehicles of the car, as it will be a genuine competitor for the highly successful Renault Duster. Just like the Duster, the Creta, too, will be a 5-seater compact SUV and will be almost as spacious as the former. The vehicle is likely to offered with the same set of petrol and diesel engine options that do duty on the Verna.
Launch Date – July 21, 2015
Expected Price – Rs. 8 lakh – Rs. 12.5 lakh
One of the most anticipated products of this year, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross will be the company’s first crossover that will take on the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Hyundai Creta. The vehicle will be offered with two diesel engines – 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre – both of which have been sourced from Fiat. The vehicle is expected to be rolled out by the end of July 2015.
Expected Launch – By the end of July
Expected Price – Rs. 7.50 lakh – Rs. 12 lakh
If you want to be surprised at just how much of a good bike you can get for this sort of dosh, the KSR Code X is one to try. Itâ€™s a brilliant little bike. Yes, it may be a basic naked commuter but it rides very well, the engine is nippy enough to brave the dual carriageway or get you away from the lights safely and itâ€™s actually enjoyable to use. KSR (formerly Generic) are an Austrian company and it shows in the design and overall quality. Production is in China but theyâ€™re built well and priced keenly too. They also come with a two-year warranty. This is our favourite bike in the list.
NCR is famous for its race bikes, but this Ducati Hypermotard-based effort represents their first ever street-legal offering. Weighing only 328 pounds total, the Leggera boasts suspension developed directly with Ã–hlins, brakes developed through Brembo, carbon fiber BST wheels, and a titanium frame that weighs only 10.6 pounds… but where’s the license plate bracket?
Two- and three-wheeler maker TVS Motor Company will start rolling out bikes for German auto major BMW during the second half of next year, a top company official said Monday. The company will also launch new products to fill up the vacuum in its product line-up.
Speaking about the tie-up with the German group, Venu Srinivasan, chairman and managing director of TVS Motor, told newsmen: “It will be ready in the second half of next calendar year. It will be brand new platform for the BMW.”
Last year TVS Motor and BMW signed an agreement to jointly develop motorcycles in the 250-500cc range to be sold through their respective distribution network. The company has invested around Rs.150 crore for the project and will be using its existing and new vendor base for making the bikes.
Meanwhile, launching the company’s new Star City Plus 110cc motorcycle priced at Rs.44,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi), Srinivasan said the company will be introducing new products in bikes as well as scooter segment every quarter to fill up its product line.
He said the company will be launching bikes in the high volume commuter segment where the company is not present in a major way.
Srinivasan said the commuter segment is around 600,000 units per month and TVS Motor’s share in that segment is around 35,000 units. The launch of new model is expected to take the company’s sales volume to around 50,000 units per month in the commuter segment in six months time.
Srinivasan said TVS Motor will soon come out with new bike and scooter models.
Seller unknown, maker unknown but the price and stats of a Batmobile replica have been listed on JamesEdition.com.
What theyâ€™re offering you is a take on the slick drive from Christopher Nolanâ€™sBatman Begins, sans the heavy weaponry of course.
This concept petrol drive is a limited-to-5 edition powered by an eight-cylinder LS1 engine mated to an automatic transmission.
Custom everything right from chassis, frame, drive line, windows and even rims for the dually rear-ended 44â€ swamper tires, there certainly wonâ€™t be many others like this Batmobile in the world.
The batman black speed racer seats two and boasts of noir interiors, five driver assist cameras, GPS sat-nav, and a Double Den stereo (supports Bluetooth + CD/DVD + iPhone).
All decked out, the Batmobile replica will set you back $1 millionâ€¦. calling out to all Batman fans, are you listening?
The limited edition Batmobile will be rolled out in 5 units only.
NCR’s nearly quarter-million dollar M16 weighs in at only 319 pounds (without gas), and features a carbon fiber frame, ceramic matrix composite brakes, and specially tuned Ã–hlins suspension. This bad boy’s price starts at $160,000, which doesn’t include the $72,500 Ducati Desmosedici you’ll need to snag in order to pull the motor from… good luck with that!