Take to the roads on these mean machines that promise you a ride to remember. By Satyaki Sarkar
2017 BMW 5-series
The new 5-series from everyone’s beloved German carmaker seems to have exceeded expectations with a sharper line based on its Cluster Architecture, featuring a lighter chassis, a toned kidney grille, sharper headlamps, and massive wraparound LED taillights. It comes in three engine variants, the 2.0-litre, with 4-cylinder oil-burner that produces a power and torque of 187 bhp and 400 NM; a 3-litre, with in-line 6 diesel model pushing out 261 bhp of power and 620 NM of torque; and a 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor that churns out 249 bhp of power and 350 NM of torque. Equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the car also features an upgraded futuristic interior with leather upholstered seats, a digital instrument console, a large infotainment screen with voice and gesture control, multi-zone climate control, and BMW’s latest iDrive feature for improved in-car connectivity.
Price: Rs 49,90,000 onwards
2017 Nissan Micra
The all-new Nissan Micra sports a number of cosmetic upgrades, including automatic headlamps with follow-me function, rain sensing wipers and aesthetic sporty orange accents added to the cabin. As for performance, the car comes in two variants, one with a 1.2-litre petrol motor pushing out 73 bhp of power and 104 Nm of torque, and one with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, producing 63 bhp of power, and 160 Nm of torque. While both come with a 5-speed manual transmission, the petrol variant also has the option of a CVT X-Tronic automatic transmission.
Price: Rs 5,99,000
Triumph Street Triple 765 S
Available in two colours, Diable Red and Phantom Black, the latest roadster from the renowned British motorcycle manufacturer is powered by an all new 765 cc engine, churning out 111 HP of power and 73 NM of torque. The bike comes with a liquid cooled engine, equipped with a 6-speed transmission setup, and weighing at only 166 kg is light and manoeuvrable. The streamlined aluminium chassis sports a number of upgrades over previous models, such as inner and outer radiator cowls, front and rear mudguard, rear body panels, the new ‘gullwing’ swingarm, and a refurbished Showa 41 mm upside down front fork and Showa piggyback reservoir monoshock, in terms of suspension. The bike also features a ride-by-throttle, along with two riding modes, and ABS and switchable traction control, ensuring your ride is not only smooth, but also effortless.
Price: Rs 8,50,000
Ducati Monster 797
The highly awaited Monster 797 from the Italian superbike giant stands out in design as well as performance. The Monster 797 runs on a 803cc Testastretta, air-cooled twin-cylinder motor that produces an impressive 74 bhp of power and 69 Nm of torque. Built on the trademark Trellis frame, it also boasts of the shortest wheelbase in Monster history at 1435 mm, also equipped with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) that features smartphone connectivity to give you a digitally enhanced ride. The Monster 797 features a part-digital-part analogue instrument cluster, and has an overall muscular look, with a wide handlebar, bulbous tank, double-sided swingarm, and the signature LED position lights.
Price: Rs 7,77,000
Ducati Multistrada 950
A lighter and more stripped down version compared to the Monster 797, the Multistrada 950 is powered by a 937 cc Testastretta, 11-degree, L-twin engine producing 113 bhp of power and 96 Nm of torque. Borrowing design elements from the Multistrada 1200, the bike incorporates a front-on view, along with a distinctive headlight, ‘beak’, adjustable screen, two ‘wings’ and compact tank, designed to combine comfort, style, and performance. Besides being equipped with the DSP (Ducati Safety Pack), including ABS and Ducati Traction Control, the Multistrada 950 also sports an instrument panel consisting of a large, easy-to-see LCD that shows you relevant road information, and lets you choose from four riding modes, Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. Available in white and red colour variants, the streamlined lighter frame and more moderate capabilities of the 950 are expected to appeal to less adventurous riders, looking for an easier and smoother ride.
Price: Rs 12,60,000
Bajaj Pulsar NS160
Following its tradition of highly dependable bikes with performance capabilities, Bajaj’s Pulsar NS160 has a 5-speed gearbox and an oil-cooled 160.3 cc motor that pushes out 15.3 bhp of power and 14.6Nm of torque. In terms of looks, it is inspired heavily by its predecessor, the Pulsar NS200, and is built on a steel perimeter frame with a box-section swingarm, a 240 mm petal disc upfront and a 130 mm drum brake at the rear. Besides these, the bike also sports a kickstart lever, and is 10 kg lighter than the earlier models, coming in at just 142kg, making it easier to ride and manoeuvre even at top speeds.