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CHEVY CAMARO ZL01

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DRIVE

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INFINITI FX 50S

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SKODA RAPID

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SKODA RAPID

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ENGINE

1,598CC / IN-LINE 4-CYLINDER / DOHC / 16 VALVES

FUEL

PETROL

TRANSMISSION

5-SPEED MANUAL / 6-SPEED TIPTRONIC / FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE

POWER

105BHP @ 5250RPM

TORQUE

153NM @ 3800RPM

ENGINE

1,598CC / IN-LINE 4-CYLINDER / DOHC / 16 VALVES / COMMON RAIL DIRECT INJECTION / TURBOCHARGED

FUEL

DIESEL

TRANSMISSION

5-SPEED MANUAL / FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE

POWER

105BHP @ 4400RPM

TORQUE

250NM @ 1500-2500RPM


FORD FIESTA AUTOMATIC

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FORD FIESTA AUTOMATIC

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ENGINE

1,499 CC / 4 CYLINDERS / 16 VALVE / DOHC / VARIABLE CAM TIMING

FUEL

PETROL

TRANSMISSION

6-SPEED AUTOMATIC / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

POWER

108 BHP @ 6045 RPM

TORQUE

140 NM @ 4500 RPM

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RIDE

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YAMAHA R15

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FEATURE

BMW 650i & BMW S1000RR

WE SAMPLE THE BEST OF BAVARIA – ON TWO WHEELS AND FOUR – TO SEE WHICH IS MORE CAPTIVATING. TEXT ASHISH JHA IMAGES KAPIL VASHIST

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AS I GLANCE INTO THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, AMEYA HAS SET OFF WITH HIS CO-PASSENGER RECLINING HIS HEAD WITH EYES CLOSED – TAKING IN THE IMMENSE SATISFACTION THAT COMES WITH OPEN-AIR MOTORING

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FINGERS DEPRESS THE CLUTCH, THE FOOT TAPS THE GEAR LEVER, AND THE RIGHT WRIST OPENS THE THROTTLE. THE REAR OF THE RR SLIDES A LITTLE, AS THIS TWO-WHEELED JET TAKES OFF INTO A VOID OF THE UNKNOWN 68

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BMW 650i & BMW S1000RR

face. I slow down, and Ameya pulls up alongside me. I gesture and shoot off – we would meet at the designated point. The S1000RR is one of the most complete superbikes I’ve ever ridden. I’ve always believed that the 2009 Yamaha R1 is one of the greatest bikes ever. But the S1000RR is just better than that. The sheer rush of power from the handlebar to the exhaust is dramatic. Some reptiles and fish are supposed to be extremely agile, but the RR could give them an educative session on agility. I must admit that the bike wasn’t prepared for my riding style, and I would have preferred to change the setup a bit – but, frankly, there just wasn’t enough time. But, even with the setup not to my taste, the RR was simply in a league above everything else I’d ridden lately. The handling is Samurai-sword-sharp, the ride is compliant, and the steering responds to your thoughts – period! We didn’t quite get to redline the motor, but even taking it to 9500 revs, you’re assured with authority from the lungs of this 999cc engine that the raw pulsating power is only going to get fiercer as you go further though the rev counter. After taking in the best of Bavaria, on two wheels and four, we pull over once again. Needless to say, everyone is smiling. I take my jacket off and, understanding my intentions, Ameya gives me the keys to the 650i. I press the gas pedal as deep as it would go, and the sweet smell of rubber fills the air behind me. After tackling the same route in the car, I return – still smiling. But, truth be told, there’s a sense of incompleteness in comparison to the bike. The 650 simply doesn’t have the theatre of the S1000RR from behind the wheel. The 650i is, without the shadow of a doubt, an immensely satisfying car. But it doesn’t set your heart racing – it doesn’t let you feel the blood rushing through your veins. The 6 series encourages you to witness a celebration – to be central to it. But, the S100RR – that is a celebration. As we headed back to the madness of our daily lives, we felt inspired – we felt alive. And what more could you ask from two of Bavaria’s finest!

BMW 650i ENGINE

4395CC / V8 / 32 VALVES / TWIN TURBOCHARGED

FUEL

PETROL

TRANSMISSION

8-SPEED AUTOMATIC

POWER

407BHP @ 5500-6400RPM

TORQUE

600NM @ 1750-4500RPM

PRICE

` 1.1 CRORE (EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI)

BMW S1000RR ENGINE

999CC / IN-LINE 4 CYLINDER / 16 VALVES / DOHC

FUEL

PETROL

TRANSMISSION

6-SPEED MANUAL

POWER

193BHP @ 13000RPM

TORQUE

112NM @ 9750RPM

PRICE

` 23 LAKHS (EX-SHOWROOM, MUMBAI)

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FEATURE

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AUDI A8 DIESEL

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FEATURE

INDIAN F1 GP

A GP WITH

SOUL! TEXT DHRUV BEHL

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