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Upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018

The legendary Chennai based two-wheeler making company, Royal Enfield is all set to introduce new bikes for 2018 very soon. The upcoming Royal Enfield bikes in 2018 are slotted to be launched by the third quarter of 2018 which means, you can assume the launches to happen around the festive season of 2018. The company has already announced it plans for this year, which definitely includes two new Royal Enfield 600cc plus models including Interceptor 650 and Café Racer 650. These bikes were first showcased by the company a few months back, and are the exclusive Royal Enfield 600cc bikes that the company has chosen to get back into higher capacity game, after decades. These two models will also be launched internationally very soon, that means Royal Enfield fans waiting around the globe to get their hands on these bikes won’t have to wait no more. That said, there are a couple of more 2018 Royal Enfield upcoming models in India which you can read about in the article below.

Royal Enfield Continental GT 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.4 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The company has developed the new 650cc twin-cylinder engine that is slated to be used in three different models including the Continental GT 650, Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan 650. The company claims the new 650cc engine will be the most modern engine ever by Royal Enfield. Surely, Continental GT 650 specifications reveal that it will be a fun bike to ride because of torque abundancy and modern engineering that has gone inside the engine. Also, the company suggests, the fit and finish on the new bikes will be the best ever seen from a Royal Enfield bike.

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Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Price- Rs 3.8 lakh to 4.2 lakh

Launch date- September to October 2018

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage- 25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The second confirmed launched in the new Royal Enfield bike launches for 2018 is the new Interceptor 650 that was showcased alongside its cousin we just talked about. Both the bikes will be built around the same engines but will serve two different categories of riders. The Interceptor will attract more of the retro roadster biking crowd while Continental GT will focus on the bikers with a thing for café racers. Also, both of them will be priced very closely and competitively against all of the competition. Though every other bike in the competition comes at a fairly higher premium, like the Ducati Scrambler, Triumph Street Twin, or the Harley-Davidson Street 750.

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New Royal Enfield Bullet Electra 350

Price- Rs 1.2 lakh to 1.3 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 23 PS

Torque- 30 Nm

Mileage- 40 km/lt

Colours- Black, Blue, Red

Also read: 5 solid reasons why Royal Enfield motorcycles suck

The Bullet Electra was discontinued from the Indian motorcycle market a few days back, but now the company is planning on the relaunching the same in an all new avatar. The new bike will feature new bells and whistles including AHO, BS4 complaint engine and ABS which is expected to be optional. Bullet Electra has a huge fan following in the Indian market and launching back such a famous model is expected to boost the sales of the company by a significant margin.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350X

Price- Rs 1.5 lakh to 1.8 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 346cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 20 PS

Torque- 28 Nm

Mileage- 38 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The bike was shot at one of the Royal Enfield dealerships in Delhi, and it is nothing but a tackier version of the standard Royal Enfield Thunder 350. It boasts of tubeless tyres and the new multi-spoke design of the alloys. Also, the paint scheme is all new that looks more on the sporty side than being classier. All of the body panels remains the same, but rear grab handle has been taken off to give the bike, a different, modern appeal. And our verdict, it looks great!

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500X

Price- Rs 2 lakh to 2.2 lakh

Launch date- March to May 2018

Engine- 499 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Single-cylinder

Power- 28 PS

Torque- 41.3 Nm

Mileage- 28 km/lt

Colours- Blue, White, Yellow and Red

Also read: KTM 390 Adventure bike spied for the first time

The new RE Thunderbird 500X is like its smaller sibling, the sporty variant of original Thunderbird 500. It will not have any mechanical upgrades but on the looks, it will significantly different. It is expected to come along with a whole new racy color scheme to woo the riders that demand slightly sporty appeal from the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

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Royal Enfield Himalayan 650

Price- Rs 4 lakh to 4.5 lakh

Launch date- December 2018 to March 2019

Engine- 649 cc 4 stroke, Single Overhead Cam, Air-Oil cooled, Parallel Twin

Power- 47.65 PS @ 7100 rpm

Torque- 52 Nm @ 4000 rpm

Mileage -25 km/lt

Colours- N/A

The third bike to get the all-new 650cc double-cylinder engine from Royal Engine will be the Himalayan 650. But will not be launched anytime soon. You can expect the launch date on the same only after December this year, and when launched it will go head on with the Kawasaki Versys X-300 (not 650, it will too much to take in). Though it might sound illogical, but as per Indian market pricing, both will sit in a tight price bracket, hence if not technically, both will competitors at least in the similar price range.

Also read: Yamaha MT-03/ M-Slaz caught getting tested in Delhi

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Lamborghini Urus vs Bentley Bentayga vs Porsche Cayenne Turbo vs BMW X6 M

Lamborghini, the super sport car manufacturer, launched the new Urus SUV in the Indian supercar market, priced at Rs 3 Cr (Ex-Showroom). This is not the first time that the Italian supercar maker is trying its hands on SUV as it already has a history of making SUV, the LM002. But that’s a thing of the past. But Urus is the thing of the future.

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A Lamborghini SUV may sound outlandish, but Urus is as exceptional as it gets. It has stance of a proper exotic SUV but at the same time it looks like a supercar on steroids, and by that we mean it shares a hybrid design of SUV and a supercar both. Carrying the typical Lamborghini styling elements such as the ‘Y’ designed taillights, sharp and edgy body design lines, and hexagonal styling bits both on the exteriors and the interiors.

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Also Read: New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Current/Old Swift, Spec comparison review

Lamborghini Urus interior vs competition

Comparing the looks of Lamborghini Urus interior to its competition, the car gets signature Lamborghini hexagonal styling bits all across its seats and dashboard. It also gets the company’s signature red flip engine start button, and the flat bottom steering wheel just adds to the sporty appeal of the car. It gets triple digital screens for (one for the instruments, one for infotainment and one for comfort functions, including virtual keyboard feature with hand-writing recognition).

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The Bentley Bentayga interior is more on the plusher side and is minimally sporty. Comprising of fully wood and cream leather built, all across its dashboard and seats. Unlike Urus, it only has a single digital screen placed in the center. Also, it doesn’t have a flat-bottom steering wheel, unlike Urus. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo interior comes fully drenched in black while BMW X5M gets dual black and red colored interior. It gets old-school dual clock meter that is certain to woo a lot of car enthusiasts who prefer analog meters over digital screens.

Lamborghini Urus engine and specification vs competition

  • The Urus comes with a 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine that generates a ton of power that officially makes it the world’s fastest SUV. This engine is capable of producing close to 478 kW / 641bhp of maximum power and 850Nm of peak torque.
  • Talking of the Bentley, it comes powered with a huge W12 6.0 litre engine delivering 600 bhp / 447 kW @ 5000-6000 rpm and 664 lb-ft / 900 Nm / @ 1350 rpm.
  • The BMW X5M draws its power from 4.4 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 engine churning out 567 bhp of maximum power at 6000rpm and 553 Nm of peak torque at 2200rpm.
  • The Porsche Cayenne Turbo runs on 4.8L V8 engine, churning out 550 bhp of maximum power and 770 Nm of peak torque.

On paper, Clearly, Urus is the most powerful SUV against all of its competition.

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Lamborghini Urus 0-100kmph run vs competition                                 

The company claims acceleration figures of 0-100kmph in close to 3.6 seconds, which is seriously fast for an SUV. Bentley claims 4.1 seconds on the Bentayga, sharing same timing with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The only rival that comes really close to the Urus, is the BMW X5M, which crosses the 0-100kmph mark in close to 3.8 seconds. Just .2 seconds behind the Lamborghini Urus.

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Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Cars at AutoExpo 2018

Lamborghini Urus Price in India vs competition

  • Lamborghini Urus price in India: Rs 3 Cr (Ex-showroom)
  • Bentley Bentayga price in India: Rs 3.85 Cr (Ex-showroom)
  • Porsche Cayenne price in India: Rs 1.83 Cr (Ex-showroom)
  • BMW X5 M price in India: Rs 1.55 Cr (Ex-showroom).

UM Renegade Commando Classic and Renegade Commando Mojave – Test Ride Review

The new American bike making brand, United Motors launched two of their products at the AutoExpo 2016 and now they are again making headlines with two of their latest products which are the Renegade Commando Mojave and the Commando Renegade. They invited us to test ride these bikes in the home of Lohia industries where these bikes are manufactured for the entire country, in the lap of Jim Corbett National Park.

From Left to Right, Mr Jose Villagas Director UM India, Mr Rajeev Mishra CEO UM Lohia Two Wheelers Pvt. Ltd, Ayush Lohia CEO Lohia Auto Industries_

Both the Renegade Commando Classic and the Renegade Commando Mojave are majorly apart in terms of how they look. The Classic carries an old traditional cruiser theme with long windshield, good looking saddle bags, tank mounted meter console along with chrome bits here and there, that makes it an overall good looking bike. While the Mojave comes in a very different black and sand color theme inspired by the American Mojave desert. It carries a dark color theme that is significant on the engine, exhaust, handlebar, and several other places. Both the bikes come with spoke wheels instead of alloys and that we reckon looks impressive. The meter console on the bikes comes tank mounted. The speedometer is analog while rest of information is displayed digitally. The bikes also have a USB socket to charge your cell phones on the go.


Both the bikes are essentially the same underneath, carrying the same engine which is 279 cc single-cylinder Liquid-cooled EFI engine 25bhp at 8500 RPM and 23 NM of torque at 7000 RPM, mated to a six-speed transmission. The engines felt rev happy instead of running on the torque. The bikes never felt lazy to pick up pace and were quite exciting to ride. We didn’t get a chance to push these bikes hard during our first impression ride but it was quite evident that UM engineers certainly worked on minimising the vibrations and improving ride quality. Though the engine felt exciting to ride, the exhaust note certainly subtle and could have been a bit louder to go along with the whole character of these bikes.


The bikes come loaded with a front telescopic suspension while the rear wheel has dual shock absorbers. The suspension has been clearly tuned to aid handling dynamics over anything else.  It allows the bikes to handle proficiently but at the same time the rear felt overly stiff that translates even the smallest of undulations to the body and though that might not be the most comfortable setup we’ve seen on a cruiser, but that still makes it a good handler. Talking of the brakes, the bikes come with a front disc brake and drum brake at the rear. The brakes are decent and has progression and feedback, but since the brakes were fairly new we are still to test the same when we get the bikes for full road test review, under hard circumstances. These motorcycles have a fuel tank of 18 liters with a kerb weight of 179kg.  UM Renegade Classic mileage and UM Renegae Mojave mileage falls between 30 to 35kmpl, and with an 18L fuel tank these bikes should have a decent touring range as well.

The UM Renegade Commando Mojave price in India Rs 1.80 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) while the UM Renegade Commando Classic price in India is Rs 1.89 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bikes feel exciting for sure but could have been priced more aggressively as at this price point they face severe competition from other manufacturers such as Royal Enfield and KTM, which are already miles ahead in terms of overall sales figures.

The UM Motorcycles is pushing their limits by launching new UM Showrooms around India, but only time will tell how these products survive the competition and deliver on after sale service promises.

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Things we liked:

  • Styling
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Engine


Things we disliked:

  • Exhaust Note
  • Comfort
  • Meter Console

Maruti Suzuki Cars at AutoExpo 2018

Maruti Suzuki has been on a rampage when it comes to introducing new products or adopting new technologies. The company recently introduced its new concept stores, Arena dealerships and is also looking forward to launching their highly anticipated product, the new generation Swift in the Indian market very soon. The AutoExpo 2018 is not very far away and hence speculations have started surfacing regarding the new products from the biggest car maker in India. So in the article below we have listed down some of the Maruti products which are expected to arrive in next year’s AutoExpo.


Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 (New generation Swift)

  • New Swift 2018 Price Expected: Rs 5 lakh to Rs 8 Lakh
  • New Swift 2018 Specification: 1.2L petrol and 1.3 L Diesel
  • New Swift 2018 Launch Date: Around 2018 AutoExpo (February)

Maruti Suzuki has been working on the new model Swift from quite some time now. It has already been revealed in the International market and has received overall positive reviews for its modern design, more spacious cabin and overall taking the lineage forward in a positive manner.  The Swift 2018 price and other details will be out only when the official launch takes place which is expected only at the AutoExpo 2018. So you can say the new Maruti Swift launch date in India will be around February 2018.


New Maruti Wagon R 2018

  • Wagon R new model price expected: Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh
  • Wagon R new model launch date: April 2018
  • Wagon R new model specification: Petrol 1L

Wagon R has been basic bread and butter bike for Maruti and is also one of the most famous family cars in India. The company has been developing the new generation Wagon R for the Indian market that apart from being a family car, can also be liked by the Millennials. The Wagon R new model will share quite a few bits with the Japan spec Wagon R car while mechanically it will remain almost the same.


Maruti Grand Vitara 2018

  • Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Facelift Price: Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh
  • Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Facelift Specification: 1.6L Diesel
  • Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Facelift Launch Date: Mid 2018

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara was never a much-known car from typical Indian car buyer’s point of view but it is still hugely famous among the rally enthusiast for its outrageous rally capabilities. The Grand Vitara facelift exteriors look very nicely designed carrying the similar body lines as seen on the previous generation models. Maruti might also be introducing the Grand Vitara facelift at the upcoming motor show.


Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport RS

  • Maruti Swift RS Price: Rs 7 lakh
  • Maruti Swift RS Specification: 1.0 L Boosterjet Petrol
  • Maruti Swift RS Launch: June 2018

Like the race spec model of the Baleno, the new Swift Sport RS will be a sportier version of the highly awaited 2018 new model Maruti Swift. It will carry on the same design as the Swift but will be equipped with a peppier Baleno’s turbo’ed 1.0-litre engine. Unlike the Baleno RS, it may also boast off different color scheme or race stripes across its body that differentiate it from the regular Swift model.


Maruti Ciaz Facelift 2018

  • Maruti Ciaz Facelift 2017-2018 Price: Rs 7.5-11 lakh
  • Maruti Ciaz Facelift 2017-2018 Specification: 1.4 L Petrol/1.3 L Diesel
  • Maruti Ciaz Facelift 2017-2018 Launch Date: First quarter 2018

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been ruling its segment since it was launched. It has been already spied getting tested a few times now and it’s slowly moving towards its final production version stages. It is expected to make its official public debut at the upcoming AutoExpo 2018.

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2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny

  • 2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny Price: Rs 6 lakh to 9 Lakh
  • 2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny Specification: 1.0-litre L Petrol/1.3 L Diesel
  • 2018 Maruti Suzuki Jimny Launch Date: Last quarter 2018

The Maruti Gypsy is still the first choice for ace off-roaders not only in India but around the world. The new Suzuki Jimny will take forward the lineage of Gypsy in the right direction. It will be made in India and exported to worldwide. It is expected to make a debut at the upcoming AutoExpo motor show.


Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol

Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Price:  7-9 lakh

Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Specification: 1.0 L Boosterjet petrol/1.4-litre K-series Petrol

Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol Launch Date: Initial 2018

Currently, the famous mid-sized SUV is only offered in a diesel variant, the Year 2018 will bring the new Vitara Brezza petrol avatar to the market. The petrol Vitara Brezza launch date is expected to be somewhere in the first half of the year 2018.

Also Read: Best 7 upcoming performance bikes to launch in 2017

How to deal with car service centers effectively

A car service center is like what hospitals are to us and what people often tend to ignore is the servicing cost a car carries after its purchase. Most of us are not car mechanics, maybe we love reading about cars but we don’t know what exactly goes inside a car at the time of its servicing. We do have car service checklist but generally, we lack an understanding towards everything inside the hood that technically runs a car. So in the article today we are going to educate you about some simple things you need to know about car servicing.

Does car service cost varies from company to company?

Your car’s service bills depend significantly on the kind of brand you choose to live with. If you decide to get a German or any European brand such as a Volkswagen or a Skoda, keep your heart strong you’ll need it.

While choosing a Japanese maker such as Honda or Suzuki will justify everything written on the bill summary to an extent. So you can actually save time and resource by wisely choosing a correct maker which suits your personal lifestyle and budget.


Should I refer to the car manual before servicing?

Most of the cars irrespective of their make or models run smooth in their initial years. The first couple of years are the only ones which generally do not demand much from the pocket but it’s the later stage that tests a car of what it is made of. Make sure to read the car’s manual very carefully because most of the details regarding servicing are clearly mentioned there. The car manual has all the important details regarding the maintenance, servicing, and usage of the vehicle.


Which car parts often need replacements and which don’t?

So in case you are visiting the service center in the first 5,000kms to 10,000kms, your car should only need the regular engine oil and oil filter replacement. While if the mechanic is unnecessarily replacing the air filter, fuel filter or spark plugs (in the case of a petrol engine) you can tell it’s not necessary.

Air filters only need replacements in the later stage. All you need to do is to make sure it’s properly cleaned at the servicing and you won’t need to replace the air filter, not at least till 30,000kms.

While fuel filters and spark plugs remain decently functional till 20,000kms and 30,000kms respectively. Automatic cars demand more brake pad replacements than manual cars and the simple reason being more brake application.


What about the unnecessary add-ons?

It happens a lot, and it is true. Automakers tend to make good profits from the after sales services they provide. The extra oil additive in the bill summary may not always be required. In fact, such small hidden things you find added in the bill sheet, of which there is no logical justification are just their way of officially burning a hole in customer’s pocket. If there is no issue raised for the same it keeps on repeating and over a long term period you’ve already lost a fortune, just because you didn’t pay attention.


Are car labor charges negotiable?

If hefty parts charges were not enough, the service dealer may slap you with horrendous labor costs but there is a catch. You can in fact bargain in terms of labor charges and if you maintain a healthy relationship with the service dealerships you can avail up to 50% discounts on the labor.

If there is a major work done on the engine or any other part, labor cost can prove to be a bummer but your negotiation skills can surely help you out in this situation.

Note: Two cars, even from the same make and model can react differently depending on the usage and hence servicing cost may differ accordingly.  


Few tips on car maintenance:

They say prevention is better than cure and it’s true if you take care of your car in the garage, it will take care of you out there on the road. It might not be possible for you to become a good car mechanic yourself, but you can still take care of your car, just follow the following instructions and you are good to go.

  • Always warm up the engine before moving and the reason being it keeps the car’s power mill healthy.
  • Keep the radiator fins clean and pay attention to the coolant level in the car. Doing this will make sure that the cooling system remains functional and effective. A car needs total coolant flush and change about every 20,000kms.
  • The tire treads are of vital importance and why is that? It is because it’s only the tires which are a single point of contact of a car with the road. If tires are not well maintained they may ditch you at high speeds and result in an unexpected event.
  • Always check that the car doesn’t need an urgent wheel alignment. If so then make sure it is the first thing you do as soon as possible.
  • Keep a check on tire pressures and inflate tires with Nitrogen gas as it keeps the tire temperature down during burning sunny days.
  • Keep a tap on the engine oil level and color. Use the oil dip stick to regularly monitor the engine oil. If the level is low, add some oil. If the oil color is white or greenish, coolant is leaking into the oil chamber and you need to visit the service center soon.
  • If there is a change in the braking power of the car there is a possibility that the car might be needing brake pad replacement. A car needs this replacement every 15,000kms to 20,000kms.
  • The emission of the car reveals the health status of the engine, make sure to keep a tap on it. The emission should not be white or dark, technically you should be able to see it. If it’s not transparent, then there is something going on in the engine that needs to be addressed. Also, there shouldn’t be any black sluggish gel type extract on the exhaust opening because it denotes the problems with the engine.
  • And do not forget, keep your car shining as it deserves to be kept like that.

Rain Ride to Jaipur on a Triumph Bonneville T100

It’s cold in the month of January and it gets colder if it rains. Recently, the northern side got drenched because the weather gods seemed happy and hence made the weather chillier than it already was. I had a plan to hit Jaipur, on the last weekend and this time I wanted to do it alone. Jaipur is around 250 kilometers from Delhi city and hence is a perfect get away for the capital people looking to spend some quality time away from the hassle of the big city.


As usual, if you have a ride planned it’s always recommended to start as early as possible. You have the perfect sunlight for photographs, perfect temperature and of course less traffic to deal with. Starting by 6-7 am is a perfect time, you can start earlier if you have more than 500 km to cover in a single day, never late because riding in the dark is highly risky, so avoid that until you have no other option left.

Riding in a thunderstorm:

I wanted to start by the same time but since I had only 250 odd km to cover I delayed my departure to 9 in the morning. I woke up, went outside the balcony only to see dark clouds hovering above making my plan tougher, making me regret I didn’t start early. Dressed up as fast as I can, and as soon as I pushed the starter ON, the lovely looking Bonneville T100 got pinched by the first rain drop on the meter indicating it will be a mistake if I went on with the plan. But I am as stubborn as the weather, also who would miss riding a Triumph Bonneville T100 in such a demanding (yet beautiful) weather, I reckon only an idiot would.


As soon as I started off, the icy breeze started piercing through my jacket and undercovers to hit the chest making the ride difficult. And only after 30 mins of the journey, I was fully drenched in the rain till the last layer of the undercoat. As I moved forward, I somehow tried not to think about the rain and concentrate more on the road and the bike I was riding.


The Bonneville T100 has a significantly natural riding position, the handle bar doesn’t make you lean forward, the foot pegs doesn’t demand your legs to be stretched forward, the single well-padded seat allows the riders of all dimensions to comfortably sit on the bike without putting any pressure on the back or anywhere else. The bike gets full marks in terms of comfortable riding posture for long journeys. I’ve even ridden a Tiger for example which is considered to be an epitome in terms of long distance comfort riding, but Bonneville surprised with its touring capabilities too. There was no luggage with me, as I planned to return the next day so only a backpack. But in case you need to carry any, there are a lot of places smartly designed on the bike to make you tie all the luggage without any hassle at all.

The only thing I missed on the bike was a windscreen, as the wind blast becomes significant when going past 140km/hr, which just happens to be in Bonnie’s 4th gear out of all of the 5 gears. Since the British marque provides a plethora of aftermarket accessories for the bike, you can easily opt for the windscreen at the time of buying the bike. So the bike gets full marks for making the ride easy even in the hardest of the weather conditions. Its safety features like ABS and switchable traction control are of a great help if you riding in India, and especially if you riding on a highway going under construction till the very end. Talking of which you must take note that because the NH8 is under construction you might have to deviate from the highway a couple of times when rolling on the main stretch.


I didn’t stop anywhere on the highway, the Bonnie didn’t let me, I didn’t have to. So I can’t post a highway food picture in this story. One more thing you should take care of when riding such a bike is that there will a lot of people intrigued by seeing such a bike on the highway. So they will always push you to crack that throttle open, sometimes even piss you off, just remember that a good rider makes good decisions and is always under control. Riding at 100-120km/hr should be the maximum limit, and in a thunderstorm, it should be not more than 50-60km/hr depending on the traffic behavior. It took me 4 complete hours to hit Jaipur. Since I was fully drenched, shivering in cold, I decided to warm myself up stay in the bed for the day and postponed my plan to explore Jaipur to a day later.


The morning ride in the Pink city- Jaipur:

Unlike the day before, I knew I had to start as early as possible in order to get the best shots and hit all the major attraction of this Royal city. Starting at 6 A.M, I started my day with riding to Amer Fort located in the suburb of the city in the town called Amer, it is also the place from where the Rajkumari Jodha (the Rajput princess) belonged to. The view in the picture is the view you get from the main road, it also gets light up pretty nicely at the night time but I couldn’t stay there for the night, what a shame!


After having spent some time at the fort, I headed to Jal Mahal which is hardly 10 km away from the Amer fort. The best part is the road that gets you there. You get to ride through the Ghati-road to get to the Jal Mahal if you are riding from Amer. You can easily see how mesmerizing this road is from the picture below. Yes, it does look like a wallpaper isn’t it? And the Bonnie as always is a born poser.


The morning view at the Jal Mahal is a kind of experience only seen in movies. It feels so serene, so tranquil that it will surely get a hold on you. The way sunlight makes way through the mountains and glitters on the water gives the Jal Mahal a unique reminiscing view that I used to draw back in my paint book in childhood days.  Also, the place has been so well managed and maintained that you will hardly complain about anything at all. The people too I found to be highly humble and down to earth, perhaps a perfect kind of place for the ones who appreciate calmness in this pacing society.


When trundling around the city you will go through a bunch of gates like the one in the picture below. As visible, they are as historic as this city and this one is called as Sanganeri gate. These gates denote the end of a specific area, this one sits at the border of the Johri Bazar road where also the Hawa Mahal is situated. “The Hawa mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god.” Says Google.


If you are in Jaipur and really want to explore the best of the city in a limited time you have, make sure to start early morning and try renting out a bike or a scooter, as the traffic can get pretty intense during the later hours and a two-wheeler will let you zip through easily. I managed to hit some of the major places but missed quite a few such as the Jaigarh Fort which is one place you cannot afford to miss at any cost, I couldn’t make it to Jaigarh as I needed to bounce back to Delhi the same day.


As recommended by close ones, I found a hushed place perfect for the morning people. ‘Tapri’, a calm rooftop tea house situated at the heart of Jaipur city, made my day even more heavenly with the perfect ‘kadak tea’, this along with the quintessential euphoric view the top offered was spectacular in all sense. In all of past Jaipur trips, this one came out to be the most special of them all. Maybe I was solo this time or I had a pretty good bike that took care of me. Whatever it was, I’m taking back much more than I brought along from the start. I hope I return soon, this time for a longer period and a different ride.


New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Current/Old Swift, Spec comparison review

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will be making its way into the Indian market by the September this year. The car looks very promising as seen from the pictures but it’s only when the car is launched and makes its way to the roads that we can tell how the new Swift looks different from the current ongoing Swift. We bring down an exclusive comparison of the current and the new upcoming Maruti Swift that will highlight the upgrades and changes the new Swift has gone through.


New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Exteriors:

The new Swift will be one of the most compact cars in its segment. Interestingly, it is shorter than the outgoing Swift but has a longer wheelbase. Also, it is shorter in terms of the overall height. Since it has a longer wheelbase, one can expect longer leg room or interior space. But just like the outgoing Swift, the new gen Swift will not be the best in terms of interior space.


  Current Swift New Swift
Length (mm) 3850 3840
Width (mm) 1695 NA
Height (mm) 1530 1500
Wheelbase (mm) 2430 2450
Ground Clearance (mm) 170 NA



New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Design:

The Maruti Swift has always been one of the good looking cars and it is one of the reasons for its fame. However, the new 2017 Swift design looks better and inspired from the Mini cars. The silhouette, however, has been carried over as it looks almost similar to the present car. While, the designing tweaks such as gaping hexagonal grille, bumper with larger intake and discreet splitter, sleeker headlamps while the top of the line variant also features LED DRLs and a projector lamp setup. The car’s fenders can also be said to resemble the one on the new Baleno.


New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift – Interior:

The interior on the new Swift looks much premium and sportier when compared to the old Swift. The Steerwheel is all new and has been given a differently round design compared to one in the outgoing Swift. The dashboard looks better, while the earlier rectangular AC vents have been replaced with circular vents. A new Smartplay infotainment system also sits in the place of earlier system. The new cabin also features twin-pod speedo console that has a bigger, high res Multi-Information Display (MID).


New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift engine:

For the 2017 Swift, Maruti has chosen the same engine which is seen on the present Swift cars. The engine in talks is the 1.2 L K-Series Petrol and a 1.3 L DDiS Diesel engine. The Petrol engine is an 1197cc unit and features Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Peak power-torque is rated at 84.3 PS-115 Nm. The Diesel engine pumps out 75 PS-190 Nm. The engines come mated to a 5-speed Manual transmission. Talking about the change, you can expect a smoother output delivery and a better mileage from the engine in the new Swift.


New 2017 Maruti Swift vs Old Swift Mileage:

Since both shares the same engine, the new car will deliver the similar mileage figures which lie around 20kmpl for petrol versions and 25kmpl for diesel versions.

Stay tuned as Autocargurus brings you more updates!

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Trailer of The Fast and the Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious) is out and it’s disappointing!

So the trailer for the new Fast and Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious) movie is out and as expected the world is going nuts over it, yes sure it has got all the action you need to watch that will make you jump from your theater seats but seriously is that what the original Fast and Furious series was all about? Well, no, hell no!

So the movie trailer goes on and we see Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who is the main guy of the movie, disappears. And why we hated the trailer? well, we assure you, at least one hour will be wasted in search of his character in this movie. Which infact will be something similar to what happened when Dom’s girlfriend (Letty ‘Ortiz’ Toretto) died in the fourth part of the movie and then came back a few parts later. So coming back to the movie, Dom will make a comeback after an hour or so and will kick everyone’s asses and this is where the movie directors will do the ‘reunion with the villain’ thing!


Like the trailer shows, Rock (Hobbs) will patch up Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw) to fight against Dom and will get their asses kicked once again. And in the meantime, you will see a bizarre of action, tanks, exotic cars, guns, asses, boobs and more boobs.

The point is, would you like to spend money watching all this Bollywood kind of action (just with amazing after effects and big celebs) or rather watch the Tokyo Drift over and over again? Well, we’ll choose the latter, every single time.

The reality is that, even if tried very hard, it’s simply impossible to make movies as good as F&F 1,2 and 3. The initial parts had an amazingly real story line, it had brilliant racing spirit, those parts had a connection with each one of us that none of the later movies ever made. We are sure the new Fast and Furious will make and break many records, but we are surer nothing will ever come close how good the initial parts of the series were.


Here is the trailer for the new Fast and Furious, which is now called by the name, “Fate of the Furious”.

Four brand new bikes to be launched by Kawasaki next month in India

The Japanese automaker will be launching four new bikes by early 2017. Most of these bikes were showcased by the company at the EICMA this year. The new bikes include the all new Z650 that will replace the ongoing ER6n, the Z900 that will replace the Z800, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 2017 that will replace the current Ninja 650 and the all new retro model, the W800.

Kawasaki Z650

The bike is based on a new platform with absolutely new visuals, frame, meter console and body panel. But on the inside, the engine remains the same. Thanks to the newly redesigned subframe, the bike is now 19 kgs lighter than before and is also 6.8 per cent more fuel efficient. The engine remains the same which produces 69bhp and is mated with a 6-speed transmission. The bike will also feature slipper clutch technology. Talking about the pricing it is expected to be priced nearly at Rs 6.2 lakh.


Kawasaki Z900

Like the Z650, the Z900 is an all-new machine which will replace the ongoing Z800 bike in the Indian market. The bike gets more aggressive than ever. Also, the new chassis has helped the bike to shed almost 22 kg of weight as the bike now weighs only 210 kg.  Inside, the bike runs on the 948cc, inline-four cylinder churning out 126bhp of max power, which is 14bhp more than the current Z800. The bike will get the slipper clutch and an assist that eases the use of the clutch. It is expected to be price near Rs 9.5 lakh.


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

The all new Ninja 650 has evolved heavily, especially in terms of looks alone. The bike draws its looks from the Ninja ZX-6R. It gets ZX-10R inspired front beak, while shares the rear tail section with the new Z650. The bike’s visuals get sportier and sharper with the new upgrades. The bike is now more aerodynamically sound which is further enhanced by the three level adjustable windscreen. On the inside, it shares it power mill and the frame with the new Z650. It is expected to be priced at Rs 6.8 lakh when launched.


Kawasaki W800

Among all of the upcoming Kawasaki launches, the W800 is the freshest of all. The bike will directly compete against motorcycles like the Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Street twin. It has already been set on display at the Kawasaki Pune dealership indicating the early launch of the bike. When launched, we expect a maximum price on the Kawasaki W800 to be around Rs 5.5 lakh.


Stay tuned for more updates.

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Safest cars in India under Rs 10 lakh

Safety is the most important aspect of a car for many. Most of the high-end cars are made to be very safe but what about the budget cars that majority of the Indian population actually spend their bucks on. So today we list down the best safe cars that can be bought if you are running on a tight budget. We will tell you about the NCAP safety rating of each car we add to this list.

VW Polo

Volkswagen is one of the manufacturers that put special stress on the safety of its cars. It is also the manufacturer that started offering basic safety kit even in the base/starting versions of the cars. The VM Polo is certainly one of the safest cars you can buy if you are running tight on a budget. The car scored a 5-star safety rating in the Euro- NCAP safety tests. It had 90% score for adult occupants and 86% for child occupants. It is offered with two airbags even in the base version, while the top versions come with ABS and EBD. A strong assuring “thunk” noise is heard while shutting the doors and that’s enough to say how German this car is. Volkswagen Polo price in Delhi starts from Rs 5.5 lakh.

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Ford Figo

The second gen Ford Figo gets nicer than it already was. Ford Fido is the only hatchback under Rs 10 lakh that is offered with 6 optional airbags. While that safety feature list also includes EBD and ABS. Apart from that, the automatic variant of the car also includes traction control and hill start assist safety feature. While it shares all these features with its sibling, the Figo Aspire. The Ford Figo price in Delhi starts from Rs 4.50 Lakh.


Ford EcoSport

The American car manufacturer, Ford have set really high standards in terms of safety inside its cars and that’s why it equips its cars with many world class safety features. The EcoSport is a highly famous compact SUV by Ford and apart from its strong performance, its high safety is also one of the reasons why it is so many. It scored 4-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. It has an amazing 93% for occupant’s safety while safety for children occupants inside Ford Ecosport stands at 77%. It is offered with safety features like six airbags (optional), Emergency assistance, EBA, ESC, TCS along with hill launch assist (on the automatic). The Ford EcoSport price in Delhi starts at Rs 7.10.

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Honda Jazz

The ASEAN NCAP rating for Honda Jazz stands at 5-stars while the car offers 87 percent safety for occupant & 71 percent safety for the child occupants inside the cabin. Talking about the safety features, the car gets 6 optional airbags exactly like the European version. The Honda Jazz price in Delhi starts at Rs 5.60 lakh. The car is built using Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure which makes it one rigid vehicle which doesn’t compromise in terms of safety.

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Fiat Punto Evo

While other cars on the list had to go through a lot to pass the crash tests. The Punto brand has been doing the same from quite a lot of time. Made from the iconic Italian marque, the Punto EVO is undoubtedly a safe car drive in. Its high tensile steel body is made to make the car as safe as possible. As stated on the Fiat website “its airbags open up in two stages, the first one juts out on impact while the seconds opening stage eases on causalities.” It is offered with ABS, EBD, and two stage driver/front passenger airbags. Its sedan cousin, the Linea shares the same features and safety. The Fiat Punto price in Delhi starts at Rs 5.85 lakh.

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