From beastly superbikes to powerful SUVs, petrolheads are in for a treat. Buckle in and get ready for a fun ride. By Satyaki Sarkar
1. Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic
A brand favoured for its luxurious and powerful SUVs, Land Rover’s latest addition in India showcases impressive features and upgrades. Besides the ‘Graphite atlas’ accents on the exterior, the car also sports red Brembo calipers and exclusive alloy wheels. When it comes to the interior, there are four different colour choices, a diamond quilted leather upholstery, and numerous luxury features like the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and red key line at the rear door veneers. The key selling point of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, however, is its huge, supercharged, 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, built entirely out of aluminium that pushes out 540 bhp of pure power.
Price: Rs 2,79,00,000
2. Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
Launched as a sort of homage to Ducati’s long line of twin cylinder superbikes, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition will be the last production model L-twin engine superbike by the Italian automobile manufacturer before it shifts completely to V4 engines. Adorned in Ducati’s traditional red, white, and green shades, the bikes also have unique, progressive numbers billeted on their top yokes. The racing-inspired chassis is fitted with a beastly 1,285 cc Superquadro L-twin engine that belts out 206.5 bhp of power and 142 Nm of peak torque. The engine components are made of titanium, while the balancer pads are made of tungsten. The bike also sports a 6-speed gearbox, a quick-shifter, traction control, anti-lock brakes, engine brake control, wheelie control, cornering ABS and other similar electronics. Last but not the least, the bikes come with Ohlins suspension at both ends, Brembo brakes, Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa SP tyres, and colour TFT display.
Price: Rs 59,18,000
3. Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4Matic Coupe
Luxury automobile master Mercedes-Benz added yet another stylish and powerful SUV to its repertoire with the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe. Equipped with a 3-litre biturbo V6 engine, it churns out 362 bhp of power and 520 Nm of torque, and can go from 0-100 kmph in under 5 seconds, with the top speed being 250 kmph. The car also has an all-wheel-drive system, air suspension, and a 9-speed 9G-TRONIC gearbox, along with several driving modes like eco, comfort, sport and sport+. Besides the sloping roofline, it also features Mercedes-Benz’s signature horizontally placed coupe tail lamps, a quad pipe exhaust setup with a carbon fibre lip spoiler, and a carbon fibre central console and dashboard.
Price: Rs 74,80,000
2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800
Beloved Italian manufacturer MV Augusta recently launched the much-awaited Brutale 800 with a sharper and more streamlined Italian design and a number of significant upgrades to its predecessors. The chassis sports a 20 mm longer wheelbase, integrated grab rails, and an elliptical LED DRL headlamp, while the suspension is made up of 43 mm Marzocchi USD fully adjustable front forks, and a fully adjustable Sachs unit. The Brutale 800 is powered by a 798 cc inline three-cylinder engine that pushes out 109 bhp of power and 89 Nm of torque. Additionally, the bike also comes with a slipper clutch, a quick shifter, and MV Agusta’s Motor Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS), which includes an 8-level traction control system, 3-level ABS, and adjustable riding modes.
Price: Rs 15,59,000
5. 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx
Available in three colour variants, Jet Black, Crystal While, and Lucerne Blue, the recently launched 2017 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCx has an upgraded muscular, streamlined look. Powered by a 1215 cc, in-line three-cylinder engine, it pushes out an impressive 137 bhp of power and 123 Nm of peak torque. The bike comes with a torque-assist clutch, a shaft final drive, and features three selectable riding modes, Road, Rain and Off-road, along with a programmable Rider mode, that lets you customise throttle maps settings, ABS, and traction control. In addition to this, the XCx also comes with the all new Triumph Semi-active Suspension System, cornering-optimised ABS and traction control systems that can calculate the lean angle of the bike at which it can provide optimum traction and braking power, using inertial measurement unit.
Price: Rs 18,75,000
6. Volvo V90 Cross Country
A luxury crossover station wagon, the Volvo V90 Cross Country draws largely on the S90 sedan, and is designed to be a multi-purpose vehicle fit for several kinds of terrain and weather conditions. While its sleek build, along with powerful grille, headlamp, and trademark tail lamp design make stand out as a luxury vehicle, its wagon back and massive storage space make it an incredibly practical SUV without the bulkiness. Loaded with features, the V90 Cross Country’s dashboard is fitted with a large touchscreen, while the ventilated seats and massage options in the front seats add to its luxuriousness. Running on a 2-litre D5 diesel engine that can belt out 235 bhp of power, the V90 Cross Country also sports enhancements like parking assist, lane assist, Blind Spot Information System, City Safety, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, seven airbags, and adaptive cruise control.
Price: Rs 60,00,000
7. DSK Benelli 302R
Drawing its inspiration from the TNT 300 model, the DSK Benelli 302R, launched recently, has a range of new design elements, such as an all new fairing, twin headlamp setup, clear lens indicators, LED tail lights, split seats, and a colour scheme based on the Italian flag. The bike also sports repositioned foot pegs, clip-on handlebars, a side mounted exhaust with a dual end-can, and an analog-digital instrument cluster, akin to that on other Benelli bikes. The all-new Trellis frame boasts of a 50:50 weight distribution while the BS-IV compliant 300 cc parallel-twin, liquid cooled engine churns out 38 bhp of power and 26 Nm of torque. In addition to this, the 302R also has a 6-speed gearbox and a dual-channel ABS, and comes in three colour options, White Rosso, Red Nero, and Silver Verde.
Price: Rs 3,48,000