During today’s press conference at the brand’s flagship showroom in Mumbai, Porsche India announced the arrival of the first 911 GT3 in the country. Boasting more power, more precision and a systematic lightweight construction, the radical two-seater promises the perfect combination of racetrack and road driving. Equipped with a redesigned chassis featuring rear-axle steering, the new model benefits from Porsche’s unrivalled motorsport heritage and is built on the same production line as other thoroughbred racing cars. For the first time, Porsche offers two transmission variants of the manufacturer’s most successful GT sports car.
Its 500 hp four-litre flat engine is a carbon version of that found in the 911 GT3 Cup, and produces 460 Nm of torque. When equipped with the standard seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK), the model reaches 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, achieving the fastest-possible lap times and a top speed of 318 km/h. Motorsport purists can opt for a lighter six-speed manual transmission at no extra costs. The new GT sports gearbox with dual-mass flywheel features a shorter shift lever, short shift paths and precisely engaging gears.
Aerodynamics and weight are the two factors that dominated the changes in the 911 GT3 body, in line with Porsche’s motorsport developments. The front and rear ends have been optimised and are constructed mainly from polyurethane, in order to reduce weight. The new rear lid, rear wing, and wing supports are made from carbon. The new 911 GT3 weighs in at only 1,430 kg with a full fuel tank, or 15 kg less when equipped with the manual transmission, combined with the mechanically-controlled differential lock. The model’s systematic lightweight construction gives a weight-to-power ratio comparable with motorsport levels (PDK transmission: 2.86 kg/hp, manual gearbox: 2.83 kg/hp).
Together with the rear axle steering as standard, the adjustable damper system and the dynamic engine mounts, the re-developed motorsport chassis delivers further performance improvements, converting the engine power to superior driving dynamics and agility. The new two-seater sits around 25 mm lower than the 911 Carrera S.
Visually, the 911 GT3 leaves no doubt about its sports car credentials. The dominant carbon rear wing stands 20 mm higher in the airflow than previous iterations, generating larger downforce. Large air intakes and outlets in the front, bonnet and rear end are a testament to the car’s motorsport aerodynamics.
Reflective of the model’s superior driving experience, the interior features a GT sports steering wheel which originates from the 918 Spyder. The standard Sports seats Plus with enhanced seat side bolsters, can be exchanged with three other optional seat variants; including full bucket seats made from light carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in a carbon-weave finish.
In addition to Porsche Communication Management (PCM), standard equipment also includes the Connect Plus Module and the Track Precision app, enabling all 911 GT3 drivers to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphone.
For enhanced day-to-day usability, the new 911 GT3 can again be ordered with an optional pneumatic lift system on the front axle, which lifts the front of the sport car by around 30 millimetres. This is possible at speeds of up to 50 km/h, and prevents damage to the body caused by uneven road surfaces.
An optional Clubsport package, including roll cage, a red six-point seat belt for the driver and fire extinguisher, is also available for more regular racetrack driving and safety.
The 911 GT3 model is now available at all Porsche Centres across the country with a basic retail price of INR 23,121,000.
40 New Features & enhancements with a New bolder SUV Design,
New Hi Tech features with New and More Premium & Plush Interiors,
and a more Refined & Pleasurable Driving experience
Price starts at Rs 4.39 lakh (ex showroom Mumbai, for K2 variant), to be available across Mahindra dealerships pan India, with immediate effect
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), India’s leading SUV manufacturer, today unveiled its New KUV100 NXT. Packed With 40 new features and enhancements, the KUV100 NXT now boasts of a new and more aggressive SUV design, more hi tech features, more premium interiors, and a more refined & pleasurable driving experience. The KUV100 NXT will now be available in 5 variants, namely, K2 & K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 in both petrol & diesel with 5 & 6 seater options.
The KUV100 NXT will start at Rs. 4.39 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the K2 variant.
Launched in January 2016, the KUV100 created a new SUV segment. The New KUV100 NXT is now all set to reach newer heights. The new exterior styling in the KUV100 NXT has further enhanced its aggressive SUV design and bold SUV stance with new front grille, new bumpers with flared wheel arches and cladding for the macho look. In addition it offers more style quotient with new 15” diamond cut alloys and powered ORVMs with turn indicators. The KUV100 NXT is now loaded with more hi-tech features such as the 7” touchscreen with navigation, Electronic Temperature Control Panel, electrically foldable ORVMs and parking sensors. To add to the overall experience, the New KUV100 NXT offers a quieter & more refined peppy drive.Further the sporty black interiors, plush new fabric upholstery, amongst other new additions enhance the premium feel in the interior.
The New KUV100 NXT has a robust monocoque SUV construction and comes with standard ABS & dual airbags (K2+ onwards) for overall safety and peace of mind. It is the only vehicle in the price point which can seat 6 people comfortably with amazing space and comfort.
Customers can choose from both gasoline and diesel options - the mFALCON G80 is a 1.2L, MPFI and dual VVT petrol engine that delivers 61kW (82bhp) power and 115Nm torque and the mFALCON D75 is a 1.2L turbo-charged, diesel engine with CRDI technology that delivers 57.4kW (77bhp) power and 190Nm torque.
The New KUV100 NXT comes with First in Segment flexi 6 & 5 seater options with a flat floor enabling ample legroom and headroom for 6 adults. It also offers innovative storage spaces like front & rear armrest with cupholders, cooled glove box, underfloor & underseat storage and boot space of 243 litres (expandable to 473 L with flat floor).
The New KUV100 NXT will be available in 8 attractive colours of Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Pearl White, Dazzling Silver, Designer Grey, Midnight Black and the 2 Dual Tone options of Flamboyant Red with Metallic Black and Dazzling Silver with Metallic Black
New features & key enhancements in the New KUV100 NXT
Enhanced Style & SUV stance with:
Advanced Techlogy Features:
Engine changes: New engine mount technology for refined & pleasurable drive.
Premium & Plush Interiors:
Photos: Hrishi Gade
Things that come to the mind when we say Jeep, is the go-anywhere-attitude, rich military history and loads of off road madness. When Jeep ventured back into the Indian market after nearly a two decades hiatus, it came back with the superstar Wrangler and the super successful Grand Cherokee, the cost factor was not all favourable to them, thanks to the insane taxation on CBU cars and we Indians being super sensitive about pricing gave a shock to the Americans when it came down to sales figures.
However it came as a blessing in disguise for them and that’s where the Jeep Compass came into the picture. With the aim of producing more than 47,000 units every year including exports for the right hand driving markets, the Jeep Compass is the now or never model for them to survive in the competitive Indian Market. We at PitStop drove the Jeep Compass “Limited Edition” (4x4) for two days and yes it just surprised us with all its capabilities.
What we drove was the 2.0L Multijetll (Diesel) engine laced with 173 hp and good torque of 350 Nm at just 1750 rpm, and for a while let’s just keep these technical terms and numbers aside and let me tell you something, it’s one hell of an SUV – and the new 2.0L engine is as fun to drive as it’s ancestor. All the initial lag will be just a passé once the turbo kicks in at 1700 rpm and every needle on the speedo and odometer points towards north. The clutch does feel a little heavy but then it comes with a task of managing this 350 Nm of torque. Throttle response is crisp but what would have my life little easier is the gear shift; just few niggles here and there, but having said that the aluminium gear knob is quite a pleasure on the left hand.
Since the Compass inherits loads in terms of looks from its elder sibling, the Grand Cherokee, off-roading capacity is what it is always taken for granted by many of us but what surprised me is it’s on road capacity and the way it tackles urban issues like potholes and sudden braking. It just goes through every possible pothole as if nothing has happened and this definitely spoils you. It is not only comfortable, and it’s a skitter of an SUV too. The reason I am telling you this strongly because you can do those triple digits illegal numbers on tight corners too easily with only the co-passenger screaming the hell out of her throat.
Now my confusion is always is about this small notion: does a car with numerous switches and fancy looking dashboard win the case or the car with a normal dashboard but heavily practical switches and sense of usability? For an enthusiast like me, I will go with the second option, because it’s me who has to drive it daily to work. The dashboard definitely looks a generation older but it is equipped with every possible gadget you need every day including USB port at the rear, air conditioning vents.
The 5 inch info system comes with a compass and is not cluttered and it does quite well what it is supposed to do: doesn’t confuse and play good music, and thanks to the four speakers in the SUV, it doesn’t need any additional aftermarket systems. With great support at the back and under thigh for the front seats is not a place one would like to exit anywhere soon once inside the cabin. Rear passengers are treated with enough leg space and comfortable seats with temperature controller AC vents. Did I forget to mention the Compass comes with a storage space of 438L and is loaded with configuration features like a front seat that folds forward and a three-level adjustable rear cargo floor for everyday storage ideas?
The baby Cherokee comes with host of designing excellence mostly inherited from its elder sibling. The seven slot grille with chrome rings, body-colour exterior mirrors with a touch of chrome, LED tail lamps, body colour door handles and many more just to add to the elite feeling of driving a Jeep.
Priced very competitively at INR 21 lacs ex showroom Mumbai, the Jeep Compass definitely gives a run for the money to most of its competitors in terms of performance and practicality. The black and Red Compass is simply stunning to look at on the road running and gunning, and it has great road presence. Let’s play the waiting game to get a complete report on the after sales service from buyers in the long run.
The action camera leader announced a reboot of its flagship Hero camera recently as the new Hero 6 Black is now available worldwide and has improved image stabilization system eliminating camera shake and vibrations.
The stabilization is a digital effect and the camera analyzes your footage frame by frame before cropping in slightly to keep the image centered.
It shoots 4K footage at 60 frames per second and you can go into a slow-motion mode that shoots at 2.7K at 120 fps.
It also can shoot in super slow motion 240 fps at 1080 resolution. The new flagship camera has improved dynamic range and will be able to capture better during mixed sunlight conditions and in low light. Moreover, the touchscreen on the rear gets a touch-to-zoom feature.
A better Wi-Fi radio triples the transfer speeds of the last generation Hero. GoPro’s new custom processor, the GP1, powers all of the Hero 6 Black’s imaging tricks. It's an important move for the company as it seeks to differentiate from a growing sea of imitators.
|October 6-14||19th Raid de Himalaya 2017 - Xtreme 2W, Shimla|
|October 6-14||19th Raid De Himalaya (Adventure Trial), Shimla|
|October 6-14||19th Raid De Himalaya (Xtreme 4w), Shimla|
|October 8||MRF MOGRIP FMSCI National Supercross Championship 2017 - Round 4, Cochin|
|October 13-15||Meco Motorsports -FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship 2017 – Round 5 (FINALS), Meco Kartopia, Bangalore|
|October 13-15||FIA World Touring Car Championship, Nangbo International Speedpark, China|
|October 13-15||MCE British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch Circuit|
|October 14-15||FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Hockenheimring, Germany|
|October 14-15||DTM German Touring Car Championship, Hockenheimring, Germany|
|October 13-15||FIA World Endurance Championship, Fuji International Speedway, Japan|
|October 15||Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Talladega Speedway, USA|
After a year of its launch in overseas markets, the A5 Sportback finally makes it to India with a price tag of Rs 54.02 lakh (exh-showroom, Delhi). It is based on the VW Group's MLB Platform and gets its engine positioned longitudinally. The A5 Sportback is an absolute looker as it is low, wide and lithe. The flowing roof that connects to the rear is quite a sight to behold. Smoothly curved surfaces with mild creasing give the A5 Sportback give it a sporty stance. Our favourite bit being the frameless door of of course. 'Cut-outs' in the tail lamp design and sleek headlamps really make this Audi stand out from the rest. Powering the A5 is 190hp 2.0-litre TDI unit churns out 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Acceleration from 0-100 comes in 7.9 seconds. However, the S5 - its 3.0-litre turbo V6 sibling - makes 354hp and does the 0-100 sprint in just 4.7 seconds. Inside the cabin, it boasts of new sporty three-spoke steering, a MMI Touch Infotainment system, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Audi’s smartphone integration suite with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as additional options, a 755W Bang and Olufsen sound system, black wood trim on the insides and of course, a sunroof among other things. Thanks to the low roof however, ingress and egress for rear passengers can be a bit bothersome, but once in, there's good legroom. Boot space at 480 litres is as good as it gets. The A5 will be bought mostly for its looks, and although it costs a fair bit more than its rivals, it surely looks worth every extra penny! Audi A5 Sportback Engine: 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 190hp Torque: 400Nm Boot capacity: 480 litres A5 Cabriolet Engine: 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 190hp Torque: 400Nm Boot capacity: 380 litres S5 Sportback Engine: 3.0-litre V6, turbo petrol Gearbox: 7-speed dual clutch automatic Power: 354hp Torque: 500Nm Boot capacity: 480 litres
Skoda India has finally launched the long-awaited Kodiaq 7-seater SUV, here in India at a price of Rs 34.49 lakh (ex-showroom, all-India) in just one variant called 'Style'.
The SUV aptly gets its name from an Alaskan bear as it appears brawny and rather huge. But don't mistake it for being a hardcore off-roader; the Kodiaq is more a luxury SUV for families than a dune-bashing machine. Tight lines and solid, muscular panels give it proper SUV appeal. It's based on the MQB platform that underpins the new Superb. LED Adaptive headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps all add up to it being a smart looker.
Under the bonnet lies a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 150hp and 340Nm of torque. It send all this power to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Skoda claims a fuel economy figure of 16.25kpl.
The dashboard design is classy and quintessentially upmarket; it features gloss black trim running the length of the dash, sporting chrome-ringed AC vents and an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit that consists of Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google Earth and Wi-Fi.
A host of features include 360-degree cameras, Emergency Assist SOS function, door edge protection ,a handy magnetic flashlight that can stick to the body when in need of changing a tyre or something of the sort, electric front seats, sleeping headrests (specially designed to prevent your head from rolling off the cushion when napping) and a hands-free boot opening function, also seen on the Superb. The second row of seats split 60:40, reclines and slides as well. Unfortunately however, the third row is a bit of squeeze and can accommodate children or adults with small frames. A 270-litre boot capacity with all rows up, make it a really good deal.
Despite its 2791mm wheelbase, the Kodiaq - when viewed in person - is pretty compact. Skoda feels that this will help making it easier to live with as a family car.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle wrapped a stunning win on Rally Catalunya when Sebastien Ogier extended his World Rally Championship lead after Thierry Neuville retired unfortunately. Meeke struggled all season with his C3 WRC and a number of driver mistakes led him to being axed for Rally Poland.
But he came back and after being third overnight on Friday following the gravel stages, he grabbed the lead with a time of no less than 12 seconds lead after that most of the times. Meanwhile, Sebastien Ogier took second where he lacked the outright pace to challenge for the victory.
But most importantly he beat two of his closest championship rivals as Ott Tanak, took third and Thierry Neuville retiring on Sunday after hitting a rock while trying to claw back time he lost to a hydraulic problem.
Home driver Sordo returned to win the power stage but the three drivers finishing outside the points all but handed the manufacturers' title to M-Sport. Ogier and Tanak made three and two points respectively for third and fourth places on powerstage behind Sordo and eventual winner Meeke.
The contract extension talks with multiple world champion Valentino Rossi is not expected to take place anytime soon says Yamaha’s team boss Lin Jarvis. He added that it might take a few races into the season next year for any initial conversations.
The Italian’s existing contract goes expiring at the end of 2018, which means that the outcome of this year’s campaign will play a key role in how things pan out on the agreement. Current deal was penned on the eve of 2016 and announced during the race weekend in Qatar.
It triggered several moves as well in the market for top rides. Jarvis doesn’t anticipate such an early start as he feels Rossi will want to spend the first few races of weighing up whether he wants to remain in the sport he loves the most.
It is important noting that Rossi has previously made clear that he is open to signing a new contract for 2019 should he remain competitive, even though a brand new two year deal mean he would be racing into his forties.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says that it is too early to confirm that Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will unite for the team's line-up next year. Gasly made his F1 debut with the team in Malaysia, in place Kvyat, and was expected to stay there still the end of the season.
Doubts emerged over his presence in the United States Grand Prix due to it clashing with the Super Formula finale though. Carlos Sainz switches to Renault for the Austin race ahead of a full season with the French team in 2018.
It leaves Kvyat and Gasly as the obvious choices for the two seats at Toro Rosso. However, Tost insisted nothing is concrete yet for next year as far as the team lineup is concerned. He downplayed suggestions that the outfit may yet look outside its own academy of drivers too.
He said the philosophy of Toro Rosso is always to run Red Bull drivers as in the end they are being decided by the parental squad. Tost admitted Kvyat was obviously frustrated at being benched for two races.
Lewis Hamilton clearly struggled to process his emotions from what had been a topsy-turvy weekend. On the one hand he knew he had extended his lead in the drivers’ championship to 34 points as he finished second while title rival Sebastian Vettel could only finish fourth.
In Singapore, where the Ferraris were clearly the highlights, it was Vettel’s reckless swerve across the track that took both himself and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen let alone Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Engine gremlins meant the German started from the back of the grid.
It was another gift for Mercedes, who struggled for pace but somehow left with the constructors' championship all but tied up. The Briton took pole on Saturday with a sensational and quite unexpected lap but he could do nothing about Verstappen the next day.
The Dutch driver, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday, took just four laps to pass Hamilton and never looked back, celebrating his second win in the sport almost 18 months after his first in Barcelona 2016. Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas struggled so badly and finished 20 seconds behind Vettel having started 15 places in front.