Lamborghini Huracan – HURRICANE ON THE ROADS!

Lamborghini is probably the first  “L” word that comes out of super car lovers (me included) when asked about their favorite super car brand.  I am pretty sure many hearts must have been broken post the “Delhi Valet Parking incident”

The respectable brand that is owned by Audi is known for its legendary super cars. We might have had the chance to drive one of these cars in a game and yes definitely in our dream. Some of us might have heard a Lamborghini roar away to glory and a few of us might have even had a chance to sit behind the wheels and take this mighty bull for a spin.

Lamborghini Commercial:

Headquartered at Sant Agata, Lamborghini is known to always accentuate its luxury on wheels. Some cars that have been rolled out include: Gallardo, Murcielago, Diablo, Miura, Countach etc. Each and every name that has been engraved in Lamborghini’s history has always exuded sheer flamboyance. Simply revving the engine reinforces raw brutal power prepared to conquer roads.

Indian’s have greeted Lamborghini and Murcielago with pride. If you have deep pockets and you’re looking for something cutting edge. There is certainly good news for you.

August 2014 is going to be a happy month for Indian Lamborghini fans. The newly designed car “Huracan” is all set to storm the Indian roads. India is becoming a super-car hub with ever increasing enthusiasts burning their pockets deep just to get the taste of speed.

Lamborghini Huracan
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According to Stephan Wilkelmann (global CEO Lamborghini), Lamborghini sales was quite good during 2013. A total of 22 cars were sold in India [We’ve all seen one in Delhi ;)] and the global sales was quite lucrative too. A total of 2121 cars were sold globally in the year 2013.

Gallardo has set a benchmark in Indian super car history after being labeled the most successful super car. Now it’s time for its successor Huracan to rage the roads.

Although the Indian sales aren’t a big achievement, India (out of four destinations) is on Lamborghini’s production radar. (Let’s hope that happens)

Lamborghini Huracan review
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Making its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, the Huracan has had various love struck eyes glued on to its unique design and more so, its raging power. The Gallardo has been quite successful all over the world, the Lamborghini Huracan carried on the legacy with 1000 pre-orders globally even before the car’s official debut.

THE HURRICANE ON WHEELS:

The Lamborghini Hurracan is definitely a speed demon covering 0-100km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds with the help of its smart 7-speed automatic gearbox riveted to its 5.2 liter V10 engine that is hand built.

Lamborghini Huracan engine
Lamborghini Huracan
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Power comes in 2 versions with the Lamborghini Aventador taking the lead with massive raging bulls under its hood followed by the Huracan (a worthy replacement of the Gallardo)

WHAT’S NEW:

The Lamborghini Huracan is nimble, and comfortable than the previous members of the Lamborghini family. The Huracan is all about being modish. The chassis in the Huracan is about 10% lighter than the Gallardo. The materials used such as Carbon-fibre, Light weight aluminum, and reinforced plastic make the hybrid chassis a stunner. At the heart of the Huracan is a massive 5204cc engine waiting to prance.

Lamborghini  Huracan Colors
Huracan Colors
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Being a smaller member of the Lamborghini family, the Huracan has a 10-cylinder unit, which is smaller than 12 cylinders on the Aventador.  The Huracan’s full name is Huracan LP 610-4 – meaning the 620 Bhp beast has the power on all the four wheels but, the rear wheels get more power. The Huracan produces 560 Nm torque at 6500 RPM. The beast gets thirsty for fuel every 5.68 km (approx 5.68 km per litre)

The Lamborghini Huracan is thus your everyday car. It is built for your everyday dose of fun. Be it a racetrack or your friend’s residence. Be it your business or a driving to be at the life of a party. The Huracan is always your companion on the go. It is definitely a Lamborghini, but it is unlike any Lamborghini that has ever rolled out.

 PRICE

The most essential model by Lamborghini is the Huracan. Lamborghini is trying to crunch some serious numbers by rolling as many Huracans as possible. Although, in comparison it is cheaper and less powerful than the Aventador.

Lamborghini Huracan price
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The Huracan will be made available in India from a price ranging from 3-3.50 Crores (only 🙂 )

COMPETITORS:

The friendly bull might face competition from Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupe (2013) ferrari 458 Italia (2013) or the new Mc Laren 12C (2014)

BOTTOM LINE:

Lamborghini Huracan is allegedly the least pricey of all Lamborghini’s.  India might host the production of these mini bulls. Let’s hope we see them on our streets soon  🙂

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – the Bumblebee

The General Motor’s subsidiary Chevrolet is known for its high class and trendy looking designs. Today lets review a car which is built by Chevy under General Motors. This car has un-matchable aggressive looks and it is probably the best of Chevy’s design ever. It has been featured in Michael Bay’s sci-fi film …. yes you got it right it’s the bumble bee Camaro.

Chevrolet Camaro

Camaro is a well-known car to everyone who loves to see Hollywood sci-fi flicks. Surely it is one of the best cars ever built, and it has gained many fans throughout the world, including the Hollywood director Michael bay. If you have seen the transformer series completely, you will find only three cars in common Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Bumble bee (Camaro). Except these 3 cars the remaining cars change with every sequel. This clearly shows that Camaro is one of the important cars in transformer series ( and for the company ). So without waiting, let’s get in to the review of this amazing car. The basic idea of this car is based on the GM Zeta Platform which is awarded with “the best in show” award.

Even before reviewing this car let’s look into some technical specifications of the car (so we can have clear understanding about the aspects of this car)

Technical-Specifications:

Chevrolet Camaro technical specifications

Yup, the technical specification of the car looks solid. Read on,

Review: Styling

Exteriors:

When it comes to exteriors, the car looks amazing and perfectly crafted. With looks, the car has no drawbacks at all, from every angle the car looks picture perfect. Comparing the new Camaro with the old Camaro, we can observe some minor and as well as major changes in the body.The front bumpers are tweaked and the revamped grille with the V shape and the new Halogen head lamps with glowing LED halo rings makes the car look aggressive and monstrous. These stuff look even more interesting if we see the car from the front angle as it looks like a beast with a big pair of eyes watching us. The tail-lights also get minor changes and looks gorgeous, the side profile of the car looks very attractive and adds a touch of beauty to the car. All this looks even more attractive and aggressive when the car is set to roll on the road on max speeds.  Beautiful creased lines on the car give the car a sportive feel and at the same time it shows the aerodynamic design of the body. The car has an amazing body length measuring 190.4 in total length, 75.5 width, and a height of 54.2

Interiors:

The interiors look splendid with well suited and subtle colors, perfect tailoring, and remarkable accessories. The old Camaro was awarded with Interior of the Year award in the Sports Car Category by Wards Auto way back in 2010. The same legacy is continued in the new design too. The front bucket seats with black leather engraved on it looks amazing and adds a luxury feel to this car. The cabin looks fab with genuine black leather touches making a perfect interior for the car. The suede leather on steering with the central controlling features adds enough vibe to this car and can attract more number of sales to the company. If you are that kind of a guy who loves sporty looks than luxury and elegance, then there is an optional Recaro Sports Seats available for you to customize your interiors. Though the car has a low measurement 190.4 x 75.5x 54.2, the car’s interior look real spacious. The credits go to the designers for increasing the length of the car in a seamless manner.

Chevrolet Camaro interiors

Review: Engine and Performance

The power to this car comes from the supercharged 6.2-liter and 3.6-liter V-8 code named LSA, which is considered as the most predominant V8’s ever built till date. This engine gives the car monstrous power – enough to drive off the roads. The 3.6-litre V8 is designed to produce 312 horsepower at 6500 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm while the 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management engine can produce maximum power up to 426 horsepower at 5900 rpm and can churn a maximum torque of 278 at 5100 rpm. With the 6 speed automatic/manual gearbox and magnetic shock which are found in cars like corvette, adds precise amount of power and performance to the engine.

Chevrolet Camaro 2013 - engine

Review: Handling and Mileage

The handing of the car is quite amazing and the credits for this amazing handling dynamics goes to its rigid body structure and the super efficient Chevy aerodynamics, that makes the car to move like a skate board on skating rink and Camaro engineers have worked hard in certain mathematical principles in-order to obtain accurate cornering and maintaining the stability on road. The mileage of this car is pretty impressive as it has good mileage range up to 19/30 mpg on City/Highway with the automatic transmission. The fuel efficiency has certainly increased when compared to the old Camaro (thanks to the revised engine tweaks)

Chevrolet Camaro 2014

Image Source: thecarconnection.com

Review: Safety

This power packed car is also power packed with good safety features. For a sports car, safety is very important as chance of getting into accidents is high. The safety features of the car include,

  • At front Camaro is equipped with both front and rear head airbags and side-mounted airbags for extra protection.
  • On star emergency system, which alerts the nearest emergency care if any accident happens
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking Systems)
  • Stability control program
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5 star rated safety
  • Traction control system

Rivalry:

Chevrolet Camaro, in its class faces rivalry with some of the most predominant sports cars ever built on earth, starting from

  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Ford Mustang Shelby
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • Dodge Challenger

Chevy Camaro Commercial:

Pros:

  • Trendy design
  • Nice interiors and exteriors
  • Powerful Engine Specs
  • Handling and safety

Cons:

  • Price tag
  • Poor rear vision
  • Hard plastics for interiors

Bottom-Line:

If you are a die-hard fan of transformers, then I am sure that this car is one of your dream cars, and if you have enough money in hand, the car is not a bad choice at all as it has the desired features ie. sporty speed, aggressive looks, decent mileage and great handling.

2014 Ford Fiesta: First Impressions

American auto giant Ford recently released the next gen Fiesta also called as 2014 Ford Fiesta for the Indian market. First unveiled back in 1999 as the Ikon, the Ford sedan fast became one of the biggest success stories of the Indian automotive industry and cemented the American automaker’s reputation here in India.

Although the Ikon was an impressive car to drive, stricter emission norms led to Ford discontinuing the product, to introduce a more fuel efficient and budget friendly model in the form of the Fiesta. Although the sedan’s successive iterations did not make as big an impact as the original Ikon, the Fiesta was praised for its impeccable driving dynamics and value for money. Ford has now released the next generation Fiesta, now fully loaded to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Honda City.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift
The 2014 Ford Fiesta

Exterior:

Many criticized the outgoing model for its overly stylized headlamps and disproportionate body. This time however, Ford has drastically improved in the design segment. While keeping the large, swept back headlamps, the Fiesta now sports the hexagonal split grille first seen on the Ford EcoSport adding a touch of class to the car. The power lines running along the bonnet and angular styling of the front bumper add to the Fiesta’s sporty charm that was lacking in previous models. The pushed back fog lamp cluster design and flared wheel arches make the front end of the Ford a looker from any angle.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift front
Ford’s Kinetic Design 2.0 Endows The Fiesta With An Aggressive Front Profile

Sadly the rear leaves much to be improved upon. While the front end of the sedan is all sharp creases and angles, the rear makes use of blunt curves and rounded edges. The radical transition from the front end’s design methodology does leave a lackluster impression of the back. Although the Fiesta makes use of stylish elements such the raised boot lip and chrome lined lower bumper, the overall design is quite unsatisfactory if the Fiesta seeks to take on segment leaders City and Verna.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift rear
Rear View of the 2014 Fiesta Facelift

Interior:

The cabin layout has been carried over from the previous generation Fiesta. However, the 2014 Facelift makes use of better quality materials to improve the upmarket appeal of the sedan. The futuristic center console is now sports a gloss black finish that further improves on the aesthetic appeal of the interiors. The three spoke steering wheel comes with steering mounted controls for the infotainment system. One of the Fiesta’s major selling points is the manufacturer’s AppLink system that adds Voice Control to the list of options. Although Voice Recognition systems of the past did not seem to favor Indian accents all too much, the new system has been claimed to work seamlessly with almost any accent.

The AppLink system also promotes developers to create apps for the Ford Fiesta. The American car maker officially promotes the development of apps for the car’s system. This means that over the course of the next few years, AppLink will have its own ecosystem of apps not unlike that of Android or iOS. Although possibilities are quite limited right now, with the inclusion of a larger screen with more options, we can certainly hope to see an advanced Ford EcoSystem complete with a multitude of apps created by indie developers.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift push start
The New Fiesta Seeks To Provide a Far More Handsfree Experience With Features Such as AppLink, Voive Control and Keyless Entry and Go

As with the EcoSport, the Fiesta comes with an boundless number of cubby holes and bottle holders to keep any miscellaneous items. The cabin offers ample space, both at the front as well as the back. Knee room and leg room are more than sufficient to seat four adults and one child. The American car maker has also improved the noise and vibration levels to keep the cabin as insulated as possible. However, the choice of colours for the seats could have been a tad bit better.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift interiors
Interiors of the 2014 Fiesta

The blue backlit instrument cluster is large and uncluttered and offers good visibility, engine temperature, outside temperature and trip meters are all integrated into one digital console located between the speedometer and rev counter.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift instrument cluster
Instrument Cluster of the New Fiesta

Engine:

The 2014 Fiesta Face-lift will only be offered with a diesel engine. With the ever increasing fuel prices, the dropping of the petrol engine does make sense; However the Fiesta is now left inaccessible to an audience that enjoys the pleasure of driving. Hopefully we may see the company’s critically acclaimed 1.0 L EcoBoost engine on its way later in the Fiesta’s lifetime.

The traditional 1.5 L TDCi engine puts out 90 HP and 203 Nm of torque. Although these may be segment leading numbers, the power is more than ample and allows the Fiesta to achieve a mileage of 25.01 km/L.

The Drive:

The Ford nameplate ensures a well rounded driving dynamic and the Fiesta is no exception. Although the engine is a bit down on power, steering is accurate and clutch pedal is easy to use. However, the design of the rear wind shield has not been made with too much thought and reversing may be a hassle as it provides low visibility.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift  rear prodile
The Rear Does Not Offer Optimal Visibility

Despite this however, a Ford Fiesta will always be a good buy regardless of how little features it packs solely for its unbeatable driving dynamics. Although the Honda City may have similar characteristics, the Fiesta packs more for less. And that will be the sedan’s true selling point.

2014 Ford Fiesta Facelift headlights
Although the New Styling Does Look Good, The Unstable Design Philosophy May Not Age Well

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Pontiac G8 – the Police car

Today lets speak about a car which was actually “The Lasting Standing Car from Pontiac Clan” – the Pontiac G8. It is stated as the last standing car from Pontiac because after this car was released to the public, general motors which runs the Pontiac Company announced that it has decided to suspend the Pontiac Brand due to low investment and Bankruptcy, and hence the tale of Pontiac came to an end in the automobile history!

The last release from Pontiac is G8 and today I am going to review about this car. This car was first unveiled at 2007 Chicago Auto Show. It was the first rear wheel drive offered by the company since its 1986 releases of Bonneville and Parisienne. G8 was based on the famous General motor’s GM Zeta Platform.

Pontiac g8Image Source: worldcarslist.com

Pontiac G8: At present

After this major statement of shedding the company, the cars left in the company’s inventory were offered at a discount of $2000-$5000. The cars left after the sales discount were given to the U.S Government and now the Pontiac G8 serves as Police Vehicle for Los-Angeles Police Department (LAPD). It was also featured as a police department car in the famous game “Need for speed: Most Wanted”.

Police car Pontiac G8Image Source: Flickr.com

Technical Specifications:

  • Car Name: PONTIAC G8
  • Type: sedan
  • Seating: 5-seater
  • Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 2,100 rpm
  • Engine: 3.6-litre V6 Engine
  • Horsepower: 256 @ 6,300 rpm
  • Base price: $31,995
  • Top End Price: $37,860

Review: Styling

Exterior

The car exterior looks very aggressive and dashing. These qualities helped this car to get a chance to serve as one of the strongest police academies in the world. The muscular appeal of this car comes from its grille; the dual port grille with the company logo studded at the center makes this car look more aggressive from the front. The wheels are 19- inch in length with polished aluminum plating and the two halogen fog lamps at front makes the car very classy. The rare end of this car was equipped with high erected lights that makes car look sporty. The elongated front end of the car makes it a very safe car.

pontiac g8

Interiors:

The interiors are designed with great leather work and the aesthetic appeal of this car attracts you during the first glance itself. The Highly bolstered two-tone sport seats and leather fitting on steering looks awesome and the increases beauty of the car. The seats in the car are adjusted electronically in order to give more comfort to the people while traveling longer distances. The dash board looks great with good place of controls around it. The 230 Watt audio system in the dashboard is powered by Blaukpunkt which produces high quality of audio. The other features such as the AC-vents in both front and back, Cruise Control System, Sensors for car parking, Satellite radio are present in the interiors of the car as well.

Pontiac g8 interior

Review: Engine and Performance

The car is powered by a 6.2L LS3 V-8 engine, which can produce horse power ranging up to 402HP, and can churn enormous amount of torque up to 546NM. The engine is new in the GM’s series of Small block V8 line-up. It can reach 0-to-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This kind of power comes in handy for the police department in order to catch rash drivers on the road. Another feature which has certainly improved the performance of the car was its suspension; the car is powered by a four-wheel independent suspension which can be adjusted in order to deliver high performance on both road and off road traveling. The MacPherson strut used in this car helps to run the vehicle on any type of roads. The Handling of the car was amazing with sharp and clean turnings as it was tested and rated as the best by automobile experts in one of the most famous racing tracks in the world – the Nuremberg ring.

Pontiac g8 engineImage Source: tqn.com

Review: Safety

As a prestigious LYPD car, this car has a wide range of safety features equipped in it. The safety features include

  • Four wheel breaking support by ABS
  • Traction control
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Thorax airbags on seats
  • Side impact airbags
  • 5 star safety rating from On Star.

Pros:

  • Aggressive and muscular appeal of the car
  • Handling
  • Well-equipped interiors
  • Safety quotient.

Cons:

  • Cost of ownership
  • Not so trendy exteriors

Verdict:

Although the Pontiac brand is discontinued, the glory of the company will be continued by the Pontiac G3. When it comes to ratings, the car has all the feature needed & security/safety features, great handling, Power packed performance, Good engine etc. The owners who got this car at last moment during the ending of Pontiac clan will for sure feel proud of their choice for sure.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram: An Overview

Now-a-days, getting a sports car to our home is a million dollar dream as many sports car prices are reaching sky high!  From Mustang to the Dodge Viper, every sports car price is equal to our full life savings and we can only find these cars in houses of Business Tycoons, Hollywood Actors and Music Artists. Now imagine a car which costs just less than half of the price of those sports cars and yet as powerful as those sports cars 🙂 Today lets review a car which was styled by Toyota and built by Subaru. The car which is ought to be called as “A sports car at a manageable price”. This is the all-new 2014 Scion FR-S Coupe.

Scion review

Both Toyota and Subaru made an alliance to build a car that can be more fun to drive, making the dream come true, and fast enough to call it as sports material. Thus the new Scion FR-S concept was born from this alliance and at just $25,000 USD your dream of riding a sports car will turn out to be a reality. Though this is not a typical Scion, but has some desired features enough to call it a sports car.

Before going inside the review of this car- these are some of the technical specifications of this car. Have a look

Technical-Specifications:

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The technical specifications look quite good and reasonable. Though it has some drawbacks, we have to consider that with such a price we can’t expect high qualified equipment’s in a budget sports car like this. So let’s get into the review of the new 2014 Scion FR-S Monogram.

Review: Engine and Performance

After observing the technical specification we can come to a point where we can judge the performance of the car. By looks the car looks like an ordinary sports bread, but under the hood the capacity is low. The 2014 Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine which can generate a decent amount of power up to 200 horsepower. It is not able to generate much torque at all, as it can only generate a peak torque up to 6400rpm ( which is a considerable drawback of this car ). Another thing that is considered as both advantageous and a disadvantage too i.e. due to the flat layout of this engine the boosting capability of this car is low which is a considerable drawback, but this also turns out to be an advantage too as this can help to increase the handling of the car at a gradual speed and due to thee factors, the handling capabilities of this car turns out to be amazing than any other car in its class. In terms of reaching speeds, the car has a capability of reaching 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds.  These specs have certainly increased the performance rating of this car.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram engine

Image Source: motortrend.com

Review: Safety

Safety should be considered as one of the most important aspect when it comes to cars, especially in sports cars as the chance of facing accidents are high in sports cars than other cars. Scion has powered this car with the safety measures that are quite needed for it. The Safety measures include:

  • 6 Airbags (Front 2, Back 2, Curtain Air bags 2)
  • Anti-Lock brakes
  • Stability control
  • Traction Control System
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5star overall safety score
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated safety as “Good”

The new scion hasn’t been crash tested yet, but the previous version of scion 2013 has gone under crash test and returned with some good scores and as the new car is not changed at all – the vehicle seems similar to its predecessor. If tested, there is a chance that the new scion will also score well.

scion crash test

Image Source: motortrend.com

Review: Styling

Interior:

When it comes to car interiors, they are decent and not as luxurious as in other sport variants. The car interiors are filled with some soft plastics which in turn decreases the interior looks. When it comes to space quotient, the car cabin looks quite spacious and in the front there is enough leg space but this quotient gets decreased when it comes to the rear seating as they were designed by considering the children in a family. However they can be folded in order to get some extra boot space. The black coated leather in interiors look neat and clean. All the controls in the car are neatly furnished and other features such as Bluetooth and Auxiliary Cable connectivity, Touch screen Radio, Touch Navigation System, AC-Vents, Mp3/IPod Support, Climatic control cabin, Cruise Control are also present in this car.

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram interiors

Exterior:

The exterior of the car is actually better than interior. The well-built body and its aerodynamic design looks stunning and has all the looks enough to call it a sports car. From every angle the car looks stunning and attractive. The broad front adds more beauty and as well as safety to the car. The distant projected lights and fog lights at front and the red night vision lights are amazing and well fitted. The rear rip spoiler and rear rip bumper helps the car to be in a constant position at top speed. The body is fully coated with a thin paint protection film that adds a glossy deign to the car. The other features such as mudguards, plated alloy wheels, and not to forgot the scion badging looks very pleasing and can seize you in first look itself.

Pros:

  • Price tag
  • Well-Built
  • Handling
  • Trendy Exteriors
  • Sportier,racier feel

Cons:

  • Interiors
  • Engine performance
  • Less power generation.

Rivalry:

The new 2014 Scion FR faces rivalry in its class from cars like

  • Porsche Cayman S
  • Nissan iDx
  • Hyundai genesis
  • Mercedes SLK 350
  • Audi TT

2014 Scion FR-S Monogram compare

Bottom Line:

This car is a gift to people who dream to own a personal sports car yet on an affordable price. For Those who can spend 25K USD, it is not a bad choice at all as in this price tag this is the only car available in the market. Though it is not fully loaded to call it a full-fledged sports car, but it can be called as a Mini Sports Car.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: An Overview

Hyundai has finally released the new generation Hyundai Santa Fe. It was the third generation car in Santa Fe line-up as the first was released way back in 2011 and it has gained many automobile experts appreciations, and then awarded with the Best SUV in 2011. From then the release of Santa Fe was considered as one of the most anticipated releases and after 3 years Hyundai has finally released the new Hyundai Santa Fe to public.  It was first showcased in 2013 Detroit Auto Show and then followed by the first day of 2014 Indian Auto Expo.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe review

The car looks great and gets appreciations from many automobile experts from both shows. For compact SUV car lovers Santa Fe is considered to be one of the best choices to go for. The new Santa Fe looks stunning with dynamic looking exteriors and a truly classy design. Not only exteriors, the car looks even more luxurious inside than the old Santa Fe. In this article we bring you some of the great Santa Fe features and help you to decide whether this car is a power packed performer or it’s just another ordinary release following the line-up.

Before going straight to the review of this car, these are some of the technical specifications of the new Hyundai Santa Fe. The technical specifications look good enough to get some high performance.

Technical-Specifications:

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Review: Engine & Performance

The car comes with a 2.2-litre DOHC CRDi diesel engine which is quite enough to generate high qualified power to the compact SUV. It produces an excellent amount of torque ranging up to 420 Nm which is quite impressive and comes handy in order to increase the power and performance of the car, besides being large this power helps the car to move at rapid speeds. The mileage of the car ranges from a 9-13 Kmpl which depends upon the road condition and gear transmission as well. It can reach 0-100kms mark within 9-10 sec at a ranging speed of 193Kmph. The 6-speed auto H-matic gearbox is able to give a precise amount of power to the engine and helps to increase the performance of the car. The Eco-pro mode is introduced in Santa Fe, and it can balance the power aspects and the car and reduce fuel consumption.

2015 hyundai santa fe engine

Image Source: peoplelikecars.com

Review: Driving and Handling

The new Santa Fe is equipped with a new technology known as the flexi-steer technology. The new Santa Fe is the first model to get this technology from Hyundai. It allows the user to change steering to three profiles such as Comfort, Normal and Sport. While driving in city roads you can set the driving mode to normal or comfort mode and while on highway you can change it to sport mode for a convenient steering at higher speeds. Santa Fe suits for both on and off road conditions. The hill hold function can help you to drive in hill slope conditions too.

Review: Styling

Exterior:

The exterior of this car is followed by the same Hyundai fluidic design principle which gives the car an awesome feel from outside. Unlike traditional SUV’s Santa Fe doesn’t have a boxy design. The aerodynamic design makes the car look more interesting and adds an elegant look to this car. The design off this car was done with compromising the aesthetic appeal and the front grille with chrome plated finish with a Hyundai logo studded at the center, that looks amazing. The projection headlamp at front and ravishing red lights mounted at the rear end of the car adds beauty to this car. The fog lamps come with clear lens that make the road more visible during high fog conditions. The side looks of the car is decent and the 18-inch alloy wheels with metallic flares that match’s the car color looks very pleasing. The chrome tipped twin exhaust outlets add a sporty feel to this car.

Hyundai Santa FE review

Interior:

The interior of the car certainly offers a good comfort feel to this car as the interior is more luxurious than its previous releases. The bucket seats are very comfortable and feels very at home, even in hectic traffic. The front two seats are adjustable up to 12 different ways electrically and the high quality leather touches on seats gives the car interiors an elegant feel. Like the seats as I said the steering can be adjusted according to our comfort, which adds more comfort during long drives. The car controls are neatly placed on the console with LED touching makes the car look more fashionable and trendy. The dash board is engraved with urbane carbon black trim that looks stunning and stylish too. The car is basically a seven seater and looks very spacious from inside and the comfort quotient is good. The other instruments in the interiors such as the tachometer, speedometer, and trip meter and the basic feature such as AC-Vents, Cruise Controlling, and Central lock look great and well placed.

Hyundai Santa FE interiors

Review: Safety

For a high performer like this, safety should be considered as one of the peak factors in order to increase the sales. Hence Hyundai has offered many safety measure in this car. The safety factors includes ABS+EBD, 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Brake assist, Hill hold function, Curtain airbags at the top and the Roll Over sensor adds a great safety support to this car. It is awarded with 5 star NCAP Rating.

Hyundai Santa FE safety test

Rivalry:

The new Santa Fe can face rivalry from these cars in its class

  • Renault Koleos
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Captiva
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Ssangyong RX7

Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • New looks
  • Comfort aspects
  • Good Wheelbase
  • Improved engine specs
  • Good Safety Measures
  • Nice Handling

Cons:

  • Decrease of comfort quotient from third row.
  • Cost
  • Fuel efficiency can be improved

Verdict:

This car has all the features to be served as a family car and it can also serve as an enjoyable one to go with your friends for a long ride. If you can afford some good amount of money, this car can be a great choice – as it has multiple features equipped in it

SAAB Is Back ! SAAB 9-3 An Overview

Lets speak about a brand which is famous for its build quality. The car which is commonly referred to as the “Swedish Car with Aircraft Quality”, “a Well Built Swede”, and “One of the Most Intelligent Car Ever Built” . Yes, it is one of the most predominant Swedish Cars and Mr.James Bond’s Choice- its nothing but the SAAB.

Saab 900 Cutout

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The Great Rise:

Before previewing the newly released Saab. We would surely need to take a look back to its history, so we can understand SAAB’s greatness and why it is considered as one of the predominant automobile manufacturer in the world. Saab was first started in the year in 1945. But the roots of this car come back from 1937, where Saab AB (Svenska Aeroplan AB) a Swedish aerospace and defense company was started in Linköping-Sweden, in order to build the aircrafts for Swedish Air-force as World War II started provoking at that moment and Europe stared actively participating in World War II. The European armies were in dire need of air based weaponry and at that moment Saab AB was considered as one of the major sources for air based weaponry. As the war gets settled, the market for airplanes were slowly decreased and the company was looking for a new market to continue. In 1945 the automobile market boomed, getting Saab to enter in to the automobile market and in the same year Saab introduced a single engine car Saab 91. In 1948 after moving to Trollhättan, and doing some projects there, Saab finally introduced Saab 92 in 1949 and continued it until 1969

Saab history

1969-89: Saab Changed into Saab Scania

In 1969 Saab was overtaken by Scania-Vabis, a leading Truck company and 10 years later Saab Scaniareleased the mix-over as Saab 900 and it was considered one of the best-selling cars of the year. After releasing Saab 9000 in mid-1988’s both companies were moved a part.

Saab Scania logo

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1989-2010: Saab, takeover by General Motors

After gaining 50% of Saab ownership rights and the other 50% in 2011 GM gained the official ownership of Saab. Under GM, Saab has released models such as Saab 9-2, Saab 9-5, Saab 9-7x . In 2010 GM sold Saab to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars.

saab and gm dealer signs

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2010-14: Reinventing Saab.

In 2010, due to investment problems the Swedish automobile maker didn’t release any Saab cars into the market. After bankruptcy and a billion dollar damage it sold Saab to a Chinese based company: National Electric Vehicle (Nev) in 2012. They had a couple of patent rights war with Scania ( due to the logo Saab has set to observation states ) , and in 2013 all the claims were dismissed and now Saab is all set to roll again with its new release the 2014 SAAB 9-3.

Saab 9-3 aero

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2014 SAAB 9-3:

Haven looking back in to its history and how Saab was changed hands among some of the finest automobile companies, I think Saab is truly a wounded warrior. So let’s jump into the overview of the new release 2014 SAAB 9-3

Saab Aero 9-3 review

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Carrying the historical legacy, the new 2014 SAAB 9-3 is at first sold in China and Sweden, as these two countries are considered as the past and present for this car. However this model can be available to other countries also but the major priorities will be Sweden and China. Here are the technical specification of this car:

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Review: Styling

Exterior:

The 2014 SAAB 9-3 looks super stunning with a nice elongated body and looks attractive. The matt metallic finished radiator grille at the front adds an elegant look to this car. The added advantages of this car are its alloy wheels, and its sportive suspension, these things make the car suitable for On-road and Off-road driving too. Fog lights which are present at the rear end of this car are often visible from qualified distances. The side of this car looks even more stunning and the side design resembles the second generation Saab 9-5. The exteriors include Day time Running Lights in the spoiler front and the Bi-xenon headlights cornering around the window are neatly placed.

Saab 9-3 review

Interior:

Luxury and Comfort are two basic principles when it comes to the interiors of this car. The interior specs includes Automatic climate control with two different climate zones, air filtering cabin, Cruise Control System, Automatic light length controls. The car is equipped with sensors to control length of the light from front lamps, has a rear parking sensor and wiper Sensors to detect rain. The central locking system has an electronic key for central controlling.

2014 Saab 9-3 Interior

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Review: Safety

Safety is one of the main aspects of this car. We can safely say that the safety features of this car resemble the U.S president’s Cadillac which is considered as one of the safest cars in the world !

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) + EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
  • TPM (Tire Pressure Monitoring)
  • 2 stage Airbags
  • Cargo shift protection
  • Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Immobilizers
  • Side Impact Protection (roof mounted airbags) on side and roof too.
  • Follow me home functioning program
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Safety Padding System

Power and Performance

Power to this car comes from a 4-cylinder turbocharged straight engine with direct fuel injection which can reach a maximum torque upto Nm350 ECC at 2000-4000 RPM (Rotation per Minute). The company says that the Saab can reach 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 Secs with a top speed reaching up to 240Kmph. This vehicle is also considered as one of the eco-pro vehicle as it has lowest carbon gas emission rate up to 170/195 g/km. The 6-speed Manual/Auto transmission provides precise amount of power to this car.

Bottom-Line:

By observing all the specs of SAAB 9-3, this wounded soldier can certainly have all the qualities in order to regain its lost title and can certainly rule the automobile world. Hhmm… one day Saab will become Mr.Bond’s choice again as it has all the requisites ( As the tag line says its truly “Born From Jets” ! )

2014 BMW R NineT – a preview

2014 BMW R NineT

“A dream  motorcycle is something that is  beyond just transportation , it is a connection with life” . Riding the BMW NineT is by itself a time reliever , as the time spend is pure pleasure! Well, BWM Motorrad is celebrating its 90th birthday and this reminds us of its 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of unstoppable performance that has eventually given birth to this iconic naked roadster the  BMW R Nine T! This motorcycle has a one of the kind aggressive and brawny looks ( and is by inspired from all those race bikes and roadster bikes of the good old days ). This roaster has such sharp looks that  it makes you wonder if it came out of  Tony Stark’s or Bruce Wayne’s garage 🙂 For those  BWM fans who love the classic and original roadsters,  BMW has managed to forge the best machine for you.This motorbike is all about pure passion , pure driving pleasure and pure design that makes it an obsession for those classic enthusiasts.

Riding a motorcycle is all about feeling free  .The BMW R NineT balances this feeling with an equal proportion of a casual cool look and a phenomenal performance on the scale . Even putting behind all these details, this motorcycle is unmistakably part of  a legacy,  it is a member of the BMW family! The BMW NineT leaves you with complete satisfaction with regards to variety. The whole idea behind the Nine T was to design your own NineT ,design your life .One name .One purist lifestyle .

Engine And Performance 

2013 BMW R1200GS engine

When you look at a super bike in this scale and with the BMW tag, you can expect real big specs .It is forged  with a breathtaking  1170cc  four stroke petrol mill that manages to churn out 110bhp, which will  work out to produce a maximum of  119Nm at 6000 RPM.  The  1170cc powerhouse is eventually air cooled which is a acclaimed twin-boxer engine . Throttle all the way and you can achieve a highest speed of 200kmph on the NineT .The rear suspension mechanism utilizes the BMW’s one of  the kind  Paralever shaft-drive system, and up front has a conventional inverted telescopic forks.Then there is the six-speed gear mechanism that transfers the power to the rear wheels via a shaft drive system, giving a seamless driving experience . The motor cycle has a 22-liter tank capacity that needs to be filled only with unleaded fuel. Standards are maintained with out a hiss , the front wheel has a 320 mm base and back wheel has 265mm disc brakes with ABS. 

The BMW NineT has a four-section body frame with one front frame and three rear frame sections . The best part is that the rear section can be  completely modified to enjoy a single person ride. The deep humming sound matches well with the looks, performance and is definitely very satisfactory.

Design and Accessories  

BMW NineT modification

 

2014 bmw r ninet tail options

The BMW NineT is a symbol for freedom , it is exclusively designed for further modifications by the costumer himself . The side lines and contours add special attraction to the bike , especially the lines which continue from the fuel tank . The tank is perfectly hand crafted from brushed aluminum, clear lacquered in sides and glossy black in the middle . At the tail is an aluminum storage box which has replaced the pillon seat . The seats have premium quality surface with different optional textures .On the tank is this beautiful black and white combination of a ornamental seam with an embedded gold logo that reads : NineT. A new and contemporary feature is the rubber pads that are fixed to the sides of the tanks to prevent scratches and to give a better ergonomic look. NineT has an attractive anti theft feature with acoustic and visual alarms when dealt with vibrations .

 

BMW r ninet back

 

Ride and Handling 

BMW R Ninet

This motorcycle can be described as a super bike that has the looks of a ferocious roadster. Riding it is pure pleasure the throttle response is utterly amazing . It is not only good at throttling on a straight but also pretty amazing when zooming through steep corners , bends and turnings. What sets it apart is the unique deep humming sound that is produced, which is well matched with the pure roadster look and feel. Zooming through the city roads or having a happy long drive on the country side? You will sure get the best experience with the twin megaphone silencers. Thanks to the SRR1000 forks which give you a nice front-end look and you  just cannot resist yourself from pressing the throttle a little bit more at the corners to travel faster . Not to mention the NineT has a very good ground clearance. It moves and performs like a true beast and the best roadsters out there.

Technical Data

Engine
TypeAir/oil-cooled flat twin (‘Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft
Bore x stroke101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity1,170 ccm
Rated output81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm
Max. torque119 Nm at 6.000 rpm
Compression ratio12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine managementElectronic intake pipe injection
Emission controlClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speedover 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h4,5 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h5,8 l
Fuel typeUnleaded fuel, octane number 95-98 RON (rated output at 98 RON)

Specs source : http://www.bmw-motorrad.com

BMW R NineT:

Bottom Line:

The only disappointing factor with these big bikes is that they come with real BIG price tag. It is going to cost you  23.5 lakhs ( ex-Mumbai showroom price ) , and is available in all three BMW Motorrad outlets in  Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Mahindra Ssangyong Korando: An Overview

South Korean car maker Ssangyong has sold its rights in India to Mahindra, which is considered as one of the leading automobile companies in India. After this takeover, Mahindra Ssangyong has shown its two conceptual SUV releases Rexton and Korando to the public. But the Indian manufacturer showed their priority towards Rexton, as Rexton has features which are quite suitable for the Indian roads. Taking this into consideration Ssangyong has released the Rexton in the Indian market in 2012.

After a successful release, Ssangyong Rexton is slowly getting its share in the Indian market. So after the successful release of Rexton, Mahindra is planning to launch the Korando to the Indian market by making some changes to the likes of the Indian market. The SUV which is going to released soon in the Indian market is the Fifth Generation Korando which was displayed in Busson Motor Show.

2014 Ssangyong Korando

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Interesting Facts: The name “Koranda” is a historical name of “Korea”. As Ssangyong is a Korean based company it choose the historical name of Korea as its car label.  Giogetto Giugiare is a famous Italian automobile designer who is well known for his designs in Fiat, is also involved in designing this SUV.

Let’s jump back to reviewing some salient features of this car so that we can get to a point where we can decide, whether this car has enough features to rock on the Indian roads & capture millions of hearts or it’s just an ordinary release.

Styling Review

Exterior:

The exterior of the car looks very aggressive and sharp looking. The masculine aspects of the car body are well designed and these looks will be one of the most considerable assets of this car. The angular shaped design and most importantly the large wheel arches with flares look stunning and very catchy. The double lined slat grille on the front gives an added beauty to the front.The back is also neatly designed with dual chrome exhausts complementing the front looks. The hexagonal Fog-lamps with LED touching at the front and high mounted stop lights looks good and well placed. The edgy design at the sides of the car is fantastic and it provides good looks to the car. The roof rails make this car quite suitable for touring. The car has long wheel bases which makes it quite suitable on every road.

Koranda looks

Interior:

The interiors look great and well designed. The dashboard looks out-dated but well-furnished with controls and the console is neatly designed with some tech gadgets such as the satellite navigation systems attached to a central touch screen control system. Not only SATNAV, but many other controlling features of this car are attached to the central touch screen system which makes it quite easy for every user to use it. Other features such as the AC-Vents, Music/IPod Player, Climate Control, Cruise-Control, and Central Locking Systems are also given in this car. The High end model can get heating seats as well. The only drawback in the interior is the presence of some cheap plastic which will impact the rating.

Koranda interior

Review: Engine, Performance and Driving

The Ssangyong Korando was initially powered by a 2.0-Litre Isuzu Engine. After having an alliance with Mercedes-Benz, one of the world leading automobile manufacturer the Isuzu engine was replaced by the monstrous 2.3-litre Mercedes-Benz engine. This engine helps Korando tremendously, as many folks turned thier heads to Korando due to this engine upgrade. This monstrous engine has drastically changed the performance of the car as the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine is able to power out 175PS and 360Nm of peak torque and it can reach higher speeds within less time. This power makes the car more suitable for on road and off-road driving. The 6 speed manual/automatic transmission gives a precise and balanced amount of power to the car. The added height due to the large wheel base will surely increase the driving experience as the driver can see the road very clearly. The drawback in this is that the engine is sometimes noisy and produces a harsh grunt.

Ssangyong Korando engine

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Safety Review: 

With greater performance, the car should have increased safety measure so the peoples inside are safe at high speeds. Hence Ssangyong gives high priority to safety along with performance. The car is provided with safety measures such as the ABS+EBD, Airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) control, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Active Roll-over Protection (ARP) which certainly adds more protection to this car. These measures have to be provided by Ssangyong, after all the company is targeting 65 dealers across the country. These kinds of features must be provided in order to please them.

Rivalry & Running Cost:

The car faces rivalry from cars such as Chevrolet Captiva, Renault Koleos, Toyota fortuner in its class and in price tag too, as the car is set to have a price tag between 15-20 Lakhs.

Bottom-Line

Like the previous Ssangyong release Rexton and Korando, also will be produced by Mahindra at their Chakan plant with 22 percent localization. This will allow the manufacture to decide its price tag in a decent way ( and yes the company should consider the pricing of its rivals before deciding the price ). If the company sets the price nominal then this car will see the success of the Rexton model. The yes, five year mileage warranty will be considered as one of the best aspects with this car 🙂

Kawasaki Z800- an Overview

“Big bikes means big cost” , more the power you desire more it is going to cost you – oh yeah ! It is amazing to witness the ever growing  number of multi-cylinder bikes in the Indian market. There is one thing common with  all these multi-cylinder bikes though , they come with a huge price tag !  😐

Kawasaki have their reputation to be considered, they manufacture the meanest and most desirable super bikes world wide . This Japanese mean machine might not just awe-strike you in the first look or feel , but  it gradually grows on to you like music. The more you listen to a song the more you will love it  , Kawasaki Z800 is exactly the same- the more you ride and romp with it the more you will helplessly fall in love with it .

Kawasaki Z800

Much of the soul and body was inspired all the way from 1972 when Kawasaki Z series was introduced .The  Z1,  was one of a kind  motorcycle of its time, in the heart of the Kawasaki Z800 lies a  82bhp, 900cc in-line, four-cylinder gasoline engine that is good for over 200kph, which stands as a milestone in the era of super bikes . The Kawasaki Z800 has a very assertive and muscular look which every street head must posses.It is forged in such a brilliant way that you will be nodding in appreciation. Seating for the motor cycle is straight out of a street naked handbook – with a flat and wide handle bar , the foot pegs are slightly raised and towards the rear and there is that massive tank to lock your knees in.You will have to lean your body weight forward to achieve  a comfortable ride.

Design and Appearance 

The all new Kawasaki Z800 (as it is called – the muscular bike ) has a very comprehensive muscle bound look . The only factor that differentiates the much pricy Z1000 and the Z800 is that awesome looking headlight you get with the Z1000. The headlight gleams bright enough with an impressive spread of light  .The bikes instrument cluster is surprisingly easy to read  and also not to mention very informative . There are loads of aggression in-terms of looks of the bike but it lacks a modern essence. Its tail lamps give a nice opposing look and nice touch to the bikes appearance.Then there is the weight factor, it weighs a staggering  231kg ( you will have slight trouble battling the city traffic and performing sharp cuts and turns)

Engine and Performance 

In the heart of this magnificent beast lies a powerhouse of a 806cc petrol engine that produces 113PS at 10,200rpm while 83Nm of torque at a peak of 8000rpm.The engine is so smooth that you almost can’t feel it humming under your seat. This beauty is more than what it meets the eye, just the slightest press on throttle you will find yourself zooming at a high speed in a heartbeat. The engine responses so urgently, so swiftly that it gives such a pleasure to ride it , this is the reason why we Indians just cant resist a four cylinder engine .The clutch is little bit stiff but not so unmanageable , this stiffness gives a slight jerk while you press on to the throttle .The Kawasaki Z800 has a short gear which is typical of a street bike making it so well founded . The company claims that it cant reach from 0 to the magic figure of 100kmph in just 3.5sec and pull out a maximum of 120000 rpm. This beast is claimed to achieve high speeds around of 2oo kmph .

Kawasaki Z800 wheelie  Similar to all those other naked bikes , once you cross speed limits of 180 kmph it becomes such a physical struggle to keep up to the fight with such terrific gales. It is undoubtedly one the most quickest bikes around and the brake system is just so tremendous and so impressive. It might not be so robust as its bigger brother the Kawasaki  Z1000, but is just strong enough to decelerate you efficiently.The twin front brakes offers you a crisp bite and good movement . It looks a bit stiff but it is very surprisingly smooth and has very damp suspensions. It is so noticeable that each and every bump is so smooth, you would fall in love with it instantly. When taken on a long drive – it certainly runs smooth and crisp !

Specifications  

Displacement:806.00 ccm (49.18 cubic inches)
Engine type:V2, four-stroke
Power:111.30 HP (81.2 kW)) @ 10200 RPM
Torque:83.00 Nm (8.5 kgf-m or 61.2 ft.lbs) @ 8500 RPM
Compression:11.9:1
Bore x stroke:71.0 x 50.9 mm (2.8 x 2.0 inches)
Valves per cylinder:4
Fuel system:Injection
Fuel control:OHV
Ignition:Digital
Lubrication system:Forced lubrication, wet sump
Cooling system:Liquid
Transmission type, final drive:Chain
Clutch:Wet multi-disc, manual
Driveline:Sealed chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type:Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Rake (fork angle):31.0°
Front suspension:41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear suspension:Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir and stepless rebound damping and preload adjustability
Front tyre dimensions:120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions:180/55-ZR17
Front brakes:Double disc. Petal discs, dual opposed 4-piston
Front brakes diameter:310 mm (12.2 inches)
Rear brakes:Single disc. Petal disc, single-piston
Rear brakes diameter:250 mm (9.8 inches

source: http://www.kawasaki.eu/en/products/sports/2014/z800

Bottom Line:

Kawasaki  Z800 isn’t just a toned down friendly bike , it has very impressive and has a lively engine , it handles things magnificently and brakes even better . Adding on to this , with its upright seating gives a pleasant ride quality and has no heating issues.

The Kawasaki Z800 isn’t the best of its kind or the most perfect naked bike but all that power and performance with such an attractive price makes it the most affordable four stroke engines around.

For more info visit:  http://kawasaki-india.com