Hit the road and start turning heads with these mean machines in the new year! By Satyaki Sarkar
1. Nissan GT-R
Japanese car maker Nissan launched its flagship supercar in the Indian market in the first week of December. And reviewers have been singing praises of the beast. Designed to be used as a regular everyday car that can be driven around the city, while also moonlighting as the racetrack conquering supercar that it is, the GT-R is even faster than its predecessors. Unlike traditional supercars, it focuses less on outward appearance making up for it in performance. Equipped with the best and latest sensors and gadgets, the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, six-speed automatic gearbox, and all-wheel drive system, make going from 0 to 100 kmph a joke in just 3 seconds. Not a car you’d ever be able to ignore on the road, it has an elongated sloped hood fitted with breathing scoops, flared wheel arches, and the signature Skyline quad tail lamps that betray its underlying aggression and sheer power.
Price: Rs 1.99 crore
2. Volvo V40
After being massively upgraded earlier this year, the V40 was finally launched in India in December. It comes with a horde of swanky new features such as an electrically operated sunroof, power seats, and a three-zone climate control. The new vertically slatted grille and Thor’s Hammer headlamps that featured on the XC90 have found their place on the V40, while the interiors have been designed to be especially spacious and luxurious. Depending on the one you go for, the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine churns out 150bhp of power, while the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, exclusive to the V40 Cross Country, generates a massive 180bhp of power. Sticking to tradition, the car comes equipped with multiple airbags, structural crumple zones, as well as the latest generation of ESP, ABS and EBD with traction control work.
Price: Rs. 25.49 lakh (V40), Rs 27.2 lakh (V40 Cross Country)
3. Mini Clubman
Reported to be the largest Mini ever built, the Clubman retains the trademark Mini style while coming equipped with the best of modern tech. So you’ll find the iconic round headlamps flanking the large horizontally slatted oval grille, along with automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, and more. The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged engine packs a massive 189bhp of power, and while the price tag is much higher than the Volvo V40 and the Mercedes B-Class that it is competing against, it wins out on a number of factors, including size and engine capacity.
Price: Rs. 37.90 lakh
4. Ducati Monster 1200 R
With the 1200 R, Ducati seems to be going back to its characteristic focus on performance, compared to looks. One of their most powerful naked bikes till date, the 1200 R is an incredibly powerful upgrade from its predecessors. The new Testastretta 11º dual-spark V-twin engine lets the monster produce 160bhp of power, a considerable increase over its previous models, further assisted by the decreased weight of the bike. The slim, agile feel of the bike is accentuated by a slightly raised one-piece handlebar, forged aluminium wheels, with a wider, softer Pirelli tyre adorning the rear wheel.
Price: Rs. 30.40 lakh
5. Bajaj Dominar 400
Bajaj’s latest bike, the Pulsar CS400, is the very first cruiser motorcycle in the Pulsar range. Built as a strong competitor against the Royal Enfield Bullet, the production version, renamed the Dominar 400, retains the characteristic Pulsar features, combining them with that of a cruiser, and is as rugged and powerful as one expects. The muscle-bound tank is accompanied by an all-new, curvy headlamp and a digital instrument console. Powered by a 375cc single-cylinder engine similar to the one in the KTM Duke 390, the engine is expected to generate a horsepower of 36bhp, and while the initial concept featured upside down forks, the test mules came fitted with traditional telescopic ones.
Price: Rs. 1.36 lakh (for the non-ABS version)