If the V8 petrol version of the new 7-Series is bit too much, then consider this: the 740Li, powered by a 3.0-litre, in-line-six petrol. The car is assembled in India, priced at a somewhat reasonable Rs 1.28 crore(ex-showroom, Delhi).
The 740Li is sold only in one variant - the "Design Pure Excellence Signature", which boasts of a bigger features list and some more chrome garnish. It's limousine-like appeal has believe you've reached that point in your where you can finally take the back seat. Subtle lines, huge kidney-grille nostrils up-front and a prominent belt line - all add to the car's stately appeal. The elongated LED tail lamps look fantastic when lit up.
Step inside, and you're greeted immediately by soft leather, brushed metal all over, touches of classy-looking wood garnish and of course, contrast stitching. The dashboard design, although very simple in appearance, employs gunny bag-loads of tech - from the iDrive on-board computer and gesture controls to one massive touchscreen unit. At the rear, you're seated nice and comfy, making it one among the nicest backseats to be seated in; the two reclining chairs get armrests that fold down in the middle, wherein you will also find a Samsung tablet that lets you work the ambient-lighting, air-con, sunroof and sun-blinds, infotainment, seat cooling, massage and heating functions. The front passenger seat, however, falls short on these privileges and gets the usual electric adjustment.
Under the huge bonnet sits a 3.0-litre, twin-scroll, turbo-charged straight-six that makes 326hp and 450Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. Refinement is otherworldly; you can barely hear the engine when it's idling. But the engine sounds nice and raspy when you're gunning it down the straights. Acceleration is linear, smooth and very addictive. All that power is put down on to the road ever-so-seamlessly, making you redline the behemoth quite a couple of times, with the gearbox managing the ratios very well indeed. Despite being 5.5 meters long, and weighing in at a little below 1.8 tonnes, it manages the 0-100 sprint in 5.6 seconds, thanks in part to its lightweight construction.
Drive modes like Eco Pro, Comfort, Comfort Plus and Sport adjust the characteristic nature of the engine, suspension and gearbox and steering as well. It gets air-suspension all around, which, you would've guessed by now, is the trick to a plush and almost marshmallow-like ride quality. Put it in 'Comfort Plus, and you're bound to experience more of a 'floaty' ride. In 'Sport', the car feels close to perfect, but the patches of bad road can felt in the cabin, but good body control and a well-weighted steering make up for it, for whenever you choose to get a bit 'drivercentric'.
Petrol engines haven't lost their charm among luxury car buyers, and we don't see why the 740Li will not stand a chance against Merc's S400. The Bimmer is a great car to drive, despite being a limo, scores massively on space, luxury and refinement. All this car is looking for, is a petrolhead - a true-blue one - in a buyer.
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What you drive is an extension of who you are – it’s an expression of your personality and passions on four wheels. You can’t be defined in one word, and your vehicle should be as dynamic as the life you lead.
The features and capabilities of a SUV like the new generation Ford Expedition offer the flexibility to adapt to any lifestyle. Like all of Ford’s SUVs, the Expedition is designed to be versatile and stylish enough to take you directly from the office to wherever you desire to go. So whether you’re meeting a client for lunch, camping with friends or taking the family on a road trip, the Ford’s range of SUVs gives you the confidence to live life on your terms. The launch of the all-new Expedition makes Ford’s SUV lineup the youngest and freshest on the market.
Make every journey an Expedition
With up to 400-horspeower delivered through the enhanced 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, the all-new Expedition has the power to take you and your family anywhere you need to go. With its new Terrain Management System with seven drive modes – including Sand – the Expedition is equipped to get you and your passengers further off the beaten track than ever before.
The new generation Expedition has a roomy, flexible interior. With seating for up to eight people and room for their gear, this full-size SUV makes modern family adventures more comfortable during short and long trips.
The new Expedition is the first full-size utility to feature a sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality, providing easy access to the third row. Second and third-row seating roominess and space are the best of any full-sized SUV in its class.
The new generation Expedition comes with over 40 features and driver-assist technologies that are designed to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.
Explore new territory
Weekends are often when the most cherished family memories are made, so pack up your Explorer with food, blankets and anything else you want to spend a weekend in the wild.
With the power liftgate you can load everything you need into the Expedition without worrying how to open the door to the rear cargo area with your hands full.
The Explorer’s Terrain Management System keeps you in control on any surface, and the 3.5-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine delivers more than enough power to take you anywhere.
And once you get to your weekend spot, entertain the kids by folding down the seats, throwing in some cushions, setting up a screen and transforming the cabin into a pop-up theatre with all the comforts of home.
Edge towards new horizons
The award-winning1 Ford Edge remains the region’s favourite crossover utility vehicle for good reason. It delivers premium levels of comfort, sophisticated driver assistance features and class-leading driving dynamics while cutting a bold, sporty and imposing figure on the road. With its wheels pushed out to each corner give a wide, aggressive stance and help maximise interior space, raised ground clearance for better off-road capability, the Edge is ready for adventure.
The Edge is equipped to let you discover new territory and push beyond borders. With a choice of three engines including the best-in-class 340hp 2.7-litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, and intelligent all-wheel-drive, the Ford Edge has more power and capability on tap.
There’s enough storage space to carry camping equipment for a family weekend away without needing to compromise on creature comforts. Equipped with Ford’s intuitive SYNC 3 system with 1.5 million points of interest and 1.3 million kilometres of road, you’ll never be stuck for places to explore.
1Accolades to date include: wheels magazine Crossover of the Year, Lebanon’s Automobile Car of the Year, Oman’s Automan Car of the Year, evo Middle East’s Car of the Year, and MECOTY’s Best Compact SUV
Escape the City
With staggering looks and a specification sheet as long as its larger siblings, the Ford Escape packs an enormous performance and technological wallop as a clever, capable and confident SUV.
While the Escape is a tremendous tool for commuting during the week, its real character comes alive on weekends when presented with an open road and an open tour schedule. Load up the cargo space with anything you need: diving gear, camping kit – and fold the rear seats flat if you need a little extra room to stash a bike and more gear, then hit the road. And, with a towing capacity of just over 1.5 tons, the Escape has enough power to haul a trailer and quad bikes to your campsite.
Equipped more technology, safety features and power than any of its rivals, the Escape is designed for adventure.
Fun and adventure in the EcoSport
Designed with a fun flair in mind, EcoSport is the perfect transport for active people who want a vehicle that complements their free and easy way of life. It’s a city car, a weekend adventurer, a stuff carrier, a car to pick your friends up in. You name it, the EcoSport is designed to do it, and have fun while doing so.
With its agile size, flexible storage and powered by an EcoBoost® turbo engine, EcoSport ups the fun factor to give owners the freedom to pursue their active lives.
The new EcoSport is designed to be bold, sporty and exhilarating to drive. Inside, there’s ample space for passengers plus essential gear that goes along with active lifestyles while the 60/40 split folding rear seats allow you to take even more. EcoSport also offers purposeful technology that lets consumers stay connected.
Ford ended its factory involvement in the World Rally Championship five years ago despite the resilient M-Sport team continued using the American automaker’s rally machines.
M-Sport did one better in 2017 as it won the world title with Sebastien Ogier amidst having no factory support from Ford using the rally-based Fiesta. The French firm had said that Ogier wanted support from Ford in order for him to remain. Ford sees the opportunity as worth trying and has officially announced that it will adopt a higher profile next year as the M-Sport team has been given a factory boost and will be called as M-Sport Ford World Rally Team.
It’s great to see the Ford name back alongside M-Sport in the World Rally Championship as the increased level of technical support from Ford Performance will be there to defend the two world titles. Wilson's M-Sport organisation which ran Ford's factory team from 1997 to 2012 has cumulatively won 52 times while being able to achieve manufacturers' crown in 2006 and 2007.
As for the 2018 WRC season, the manufacturer entrants are Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT using C3 WRC, Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team with i20 Coupe WRC, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team with Fiesta WRC) and Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT with Yaris WRC car.
Ferrari will be lifting the cloaks of its 2018 Formula 1 machine on 22nd of February 22 – just four days before the beginning of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
The Maranello-based squad has enjoyed a revitalised season in 2017 as it woke out of the disappointing campaign in 2016 campaign with zero wins. However, despite winning five races and fighting for drivers' championship with Sebastian Vettel, it lost out to Mercedes’ Hamilton in the end.
Ferrari will reveal its car online before it is taken to Barcelona early for a filming day ahead of testing on February 26. Speaking at Ferrari's annual pre-Christmas media dinner in Maranello, President Sergio Marchionne said he has no doubts in the Prancing Horse fighting for the title once again in 2018.
Red Bull racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has said that qualifying was his weakness during the 2017 Formula 1 season as he did not match performance from the previous term. He could have scored more points if the qualifying had gone right.
The Australian had a win to his name in Baku but scored 56 points fewer compared to last year and ended up two places further down in fifth in the drivers’ championship. However, he has his hopes held high for 2018.
Qualifying has always been a strength to the Australian but he was only behind teammate Max Verstappen on a single lap pace in many occasions in 2017. He said “..it’s been a bit trickier to maximize” despite not struggling with the car.
He crashed twice in qualifying - Australia and Baku - under trickier conditions. Perhaps, he did not fine-tune the setup as much as he would have wanted? Ricciardo said when his team decided to push and avoid making too many tweaks, things started to improve.
Potential plans for a women-only racing series were drawn up for 2019 launch. The Press Association noted a document circulated earlier this year in which a London-based firm proposed a summer series with six races featuring leading female drivers from around the world.
No announcement for a number of months was expected as they are undertaking a lot of research and completing strategy. It came more than two years after ex Formula 1 Chief Bernie Ecclestone floated the idea of a separate championship for female drivers on GP weekends.
The idea had split opinion that time and fast forwarding two years, Carmen Jorda has been appointed to the FIA’s Women Commission now. It has indeed caused an outrage as she does not have any big record in racing and she supports the standalone series.
Some established female drivers were sceptical and believe a women's-only championship may harm and undermine their position within the industry and you cannot blamed them too.
Lella Lombardi of Italy and Maria Teresa de Filippis are the only female drivers to start an F1 race in the championship's history, with Lombardi scoring half a point at the 1975 Spanish GP. In 2014, Susie Wolff became the first woman for 22 years to compete in a practice session and made four Friday appearances for Williams.
Tatiana Calderon served as a development driver for Sauber in addition to her racing commitments in GP3.
Carlin has penned down a deal with its former GP2 driver Max Chilton to partner ex-Ganassi team-mate Charlie Kimball for 2018 IndyCar season as Chevrolet will supply engine. The British team has competed in America since 2015 when it joined the Indy Lights support series and took Ganassi racer Ed Jones to the drivers' title. It is worth noting that when it failed to sign Mikhail Aleshin, an attempted move did not bear fruit last year.
Carlin’s team boss Trevor Carlin told in September that the right moment was approaching and it is now considered as a well marked achievement for a long term ambition. Chilton won a race in British Formula 3 and the GP2 Series with Carlin and followed it up with a move to Formula 1 with Marussia before an Indy Lights season with Carlin in 2015.
He graduated to IndyCar with Ganassi before exiting at the end of 2017.Kimball last raced for Carlin when it ran Victory Engineering Team in the 2007 World Series by Renault championship. In another big news, Rebellion Racing private competitor has confirmed that it will join WEC’s LMP1 class following the exit of Porsche leaving Toyota as the single works manufacturer.
The ousted Porsche LMP1 drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani will be part of the Swiss squad's driver line-up on its return to the ace category. Existing drivers Bruno Senna and Mathias Beche will remain with them while Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent join from Signatech Alpine and Jackie Chan DC Racing respectively to round out the lineup. Rebellion has not confirmed what car it will use but it's expected to continue with its title-winning partnership with Oreca and Gibson as engine supplier. A big relief is that it won’t be the R-One used in 2016 before opting to enter LMP2 instead. Rebellion will unveil its LMP1 race cars in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.