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.

Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG: First Impressions

German car maker Mercedes Benz has been launching a barrage of cars for India in a bid to reclaim the title of no.1 luxury car manufacturer. One of the first luxury marques to enter the Indian market, Mercedes Benz’s popularity has steadily declined with the arrival of Audi and BMW. This was partly due to the image of the brand’s lineup. While BMW and Audi’s lineup appeal to the youth, Mercedes Benz has always been a bit of an “old man’s” car.

In the hopes to destroy that brand image, Mercedes Benz abandoned Bruno Sacco’s school of design for a more youthful, zealous design philosophy. With the latest design methodology, Mercedes Benz soon garnered quick attention. Cars such as the new A-Class, B-Class and E-Class soon became best sellers. However, the fight to get to the top is a fierce one and Benz will need all the models it can bring in to fight off its German rivals.

Mercedes benz cla 45 amg front
The CLA 45 AMG Serves As An Entry Level Model For AMG Enthusiasts

One such area of the market, still untouched by luxury car makers is the entry level sports car segment. While Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz all have cars such as the RS7, M6 Gran Coupe and the E63 AMG in their lineup of sports saloons, the number of manufacturers catering to the entry level sports car segment is almost zero. Benz has taken advantage of the situation and will soon release the CLA45 AMG sports sedan for the Indian market. Set for a July 22nd launch date, the CLA45 AMG will have no direct competition and will surely be one of the most popular sports cars till date.

Engine:

The CLA45 AMG serves as an entry point into the mad world of Benz’s skunkworks division, AMG. Despite being a mere entry level model, the CLA45 AMG is powered by the most powerful four cylinder engine in the world. The 2.0 L four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 355 HP and a tarmac shredding  450Nm of torque. Although the very same engine is used on the smaller A45 AMG hatch, the CLA 45 AMG is light enough to still make potent use of the incredible engine. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7 speed DCT gearbox, similar to the one found on the SLS AMG. Needless to say, Mercedes Benz has not skimped on its baby AMG.

mercedes benz cla 45 amg engine
The 2.0 L turbocharged mill is the most powerful four cylinder engine ever made

Exteriors:

The CLA 45 AMG is undoubtedly one of the best looking cars from the Three Pointed Star yet. Following the new design methodology, the CLA 45 is one of the most aggressive looking cars Mercedes has ever made. The front end features a silver air dam above which sit two massive air intakes on either side. The aggressive body work from the CLA sedan has been further reworked to provide adequate cooling for its souped up 2.0 L engine.

mercedes benz cla 45 amg front
Front View

 

Despite being a four door coupe, the sloping roofline will not allow tall passengers to sit back in adequate comfort. One of the most interesting bits of the CLA 45 AMG are its frameless doors. The five spoke alloys sit on run flat tyres and its red brake calipers add to the overall sporty look of the CLA 45.

side of mercedes benz cla 45 amg
Side View

The rear features a large, beautifully styled wing shaped tail lamps along with a silver diffuser. The chrome tipped quad exhausts, two mounted on either side of the rear bumper integrate perfectly with the overall silhouette of the car.

mercedes benz cla 45 amg rear
Rear View of CLA45 AMG, The Latest Car To Enter The Indian Luxury Sports Car Segment

Interiors:

The interiors are as expected of a Mercedes. The entire cabin is finished in black, maintaining the sporty theme inside as well. The center console features a host of controls for the music system, air conditioning and other drive settings. The infotainment system’s main screen is located atop the dash, just above the three central air vents. While this may simply look sporty, the ergonomically placed display also aids better visibility for the driver. The three spoke steering wheel is wrapped in premium leather and finished with silver accents. As with all upmarket cars, the CLA 45 AMG also comes with a host of steering mounted controls for the infotainment system.

Mercedes benz cla 45 amg interiors
Interiors of the CLA 45 AMG

Despite being released in a highly conservative market such as India, the CLA 45 AMG retains the recaro seats, red seat belts and contrasting red stitching throughout further establishing its AMG DNA. One of the most striking bits of the interiors is the gear lever. Unlike traditional knob shaped gear sticks, the CLA45 makes use of an interesting design.

Mercedes benz cla 45 amg gear knob
The Gear Knob Is One of The Unique Aspects of The Car’s Interiors

Bottom Line:

With an expect price point of around Rs. 50 – 60 lakhs (ex-showroom), the CLA 45 is an ample mix of pedestrian and track ready beast for an unbeatable price!

Image Courtesy: Car and Driver

Yamaha R25 – Prelaunch review

A great painter once said ”Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it

He said it because I’m sure he hasn’t seen this thing of a beauty. This hot sports machine, sent the bike world on a spin when they showcased its racing capacity on the 2013 Tokyo motor show, the R25 concept and later in 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi, India.

Yamaha R25

The Path:

Yamaha acquired a cult status in India through its 2 stroke performance bike Yamaha RX100, the bike known for its sleek design, quick acceleration, excellent build quality and easy maneuver. Around the same period of time, RD350 was sold in India. Yamaha, in 2008 launched the sportier R15 & later upgraded the same with R15 V2.0 in 2011 with more awesome features to woo bike enthusiasts. We’ve been long hearing Yamaha working on a 250cc bike to fill the demanding quarter liter class which has been long dominated by the likes of Honda CBR250R and recently Kawasaki has also made its intentions of playing a key role with its Ninja 300 in this segment. Many taunted Yamaha’s entry as ‘too little, too late!’ … well, Is it so? HELL NO!!! … The time taken by Yamaha has paid off; they’ve come out with this brutal beauty that would easily manage to send your girlfriend sitting behind screaming at any given day of the year:)

Valentino Rossi (MotoGP World Champion) Rides Yamaha R25:

Yamaha R25:

The Bike is a feast for the rider with its sporty twin headlights, an overhead pilot light and rear LED lights; it takes its design pattern from its older sibling the R6S and R1. The sharp lines and the cutting side mirrors mounted on the front cowl make it look sleek and aerodynamic. At the heart of R25 is a 250cc parallel-twin 8-valve liquid cooled engine that produces a staggering 36 HP @ 12000 rpm that puts it in its own league, overpowering the baby ninja and Honda’s CBR250R by a long shot. It comes with a 6 speed gearbox. The R25 doesn’t come low in the torque department as well, producing 22.1 NM peak torque @ 10000 revs its any riders delight. It has a 14 liter tank and weighs 166kg (Kerb). The Speedo console being Analog-digital gives it a fresh look. Yamaha is known for their power across the wide rev band and excellent handling dynamics. Yamaha has carefully designed the same so that the bike can be used for day to day commute as well. Its firm and sporty telescopic front and monoshock rear coupled with 10 spoke wide radial would encourage its tamer to take any curve with confidence at any speeds. The bike comes with 3 color options: Black predator, Diablo Red and Racing Blue.

Competitor bikes: Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Suzuki Inazuma 250

Bottom-line: Yamaha has unleashed the racer in the younger crowd with its earlier models. Although Yamaha R25 is launched in Indonesia at present, this mean machine has made every biker enthusiasts in India to try and get their hands dirty. Including Me! Yamaha has got one heck of a stallion in its shed. As “The Doctor” Rossi says in the test ride video, this bike should pack a punch and get ready for the sucker punch effect. The bike is expected to be launched around the end of this year or early next year in India. Worth the wait!

Keep yourself updated with further news on Yamaha R25 here on TurboZens!

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