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Updated Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc to be priced from Rs 96,300 (on-road)

As with the refreshed Pulsar 150 Classic, the new-gen Pulsar 150 Twin Disc will now also get cosmetic tweaks.

Bajaj is all set to bring out an updated version of its Pulsar 150 Twin Disc, with the new model having already reached a few dealerships. Said to be priced from Rs 96,300 (on-road, Pune), the 150cc motorcycle costs about Rs 1,500 more than the present model.

The bike maker has given the 150 Twin Disc new body graphics in two colour schemes. The new Pulsar will be available in dual-tone black-and-red and black-and-blue colour options. The other addition on the motorcycle is an underbelly panel in front of the engine.

For this update, the Pulsar 150 Twin Disc will continue with the 149cc, single-cylinder, twin-spark motor that puts out 14hp at 8,000rpm and 13.4Nm of torque at 6,000. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox and gets, as its name suggests, disc brakes on both tyres.

Bajaj also recently updated the Pulsar 150 Classic with new colour schemes and has priced it at Rs 65,500 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc competes against the Honda CB Unicorn 160, the TVS Apache RTR 160 and the Hero Xtreme Sports in our market.  

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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Next-gen Porsche 911 unveiled

The eighth-generation 911 gets more powerful turbo-petrol engines though retains iconic design cues.

Porsche has revealed the eighth-generation of its range-topping 911 range of cars. The 2019 911’s shape is quite familiar though there are a few styling changes. The bulk of the changes, however, are under the bonnet as Porsche has equipped the new model with an even more powerful range of flat-six turbo-petrol engines.

Set to be one of the larger attractions at the upcoming LA motor show, the new 911 is now equipped with tweaked horizontally opposed six-cylinder petrol engines, which feature a new fuel injection process for added combustion efficiency, along with other significant upgrades aimed at increasing its competitiveness against two-door rivals.

The turbocharged 3.0-litre units are traditionally mounted at the rear and now offer slightly more power than their predecessors. The motors can be mated to either a standard 7-speed manual or a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.

In the Carrera S and Carrera 4S (that are rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, respectively), the new engine makes 450hp (an increase of about 30hp) and when mated to the new 8-speed automatic, the claimed 0-100kph time has reduced for both models by about 0.4 seconds. Porsche claims 3.7s for the Carrera S and 3.6s for the Carrera 4S. The optional Sport Chrono Package, which adds launch control, revised gearbox software that allows faster gearshifts and a sport response function, further reduces the 0-100kph time by 0.2s. However, top speeds for both cars haven’t changed much, with the Carrera S capable of hitting 307kph and the 4S reaching the 305kph. Claimed fuel efficiency figures are also more or less unchanged.

The new 911, internally codenamed 992, has been re-engineered extensively and now features a new platform structure with a greater amount of aluminium in its rear section, improving weight distribution. Porsche has also provided a revised chassis, which comes with rear-wheel steering for both, the Carrera and Carrera S models for the first time. The German performance brand claims that this addition provides the 911 with added agility and improved high-speed stability.

While the silhouette of the new 911 is the same as its predecessors, a closer look reveals that it has a more muscular appearance, with tauter surfacing and larger rear wings. In a departure from tradition, Porsche will not offer two body structures in differing widths and instead, the new 911 will come with one standard body with rear wings that are said to be slightly broader than those on the older, wide-body 911.

Up front, a new bumper features a more prominent splitter element along its leading edge as well as a trio of larger cooling ducts. These are mounted outboard and feature three horizontal louvres, each to better channel air to the front-mounted radiators. Above the outer cooling ducts, Porsche has fitted new slimline LED driving lights that, like those of the old model, double as indicator units.

The 992 911 also has a longer bonnet with more angular leading edges and a defined indent through its middle section, along with rounder headlight units. The new headlights (some models get matrix LED tech), are mounted within wider front wings. The wing on the right continues to house the filler flap for the front-mounted fuel tank. Further back, the exterior mirrors continue to be housed on frameless doors, but they are larger and restyled slightly. The new door handles now sit flush with the body when the door is closed for added aerodynamic efficiency.

Classic elements like the comparatively upright windscreen and shape of the glasshouse are unchanged. The rear sports a wider window with more rounded edges at the top. There’s also a newly developed spoiler that deploys upwards and revised OLED tail-lights that, in a move mirroring other recent new Porsche models’, are now connected in the middle by a full-width LED light band.

Other changes include new Porsche identification, revised model badges that feature the 911 name for the first time and a more heavily structured rear bumper with a wide black valance cover that houses air ducts for the engine bay and large oval tailpipe openings. Standard wheel sizes have not been revealed yet but Porsche says the new 911 will have the same sized wheels as its predecessor – 20-inchers at the front and 21-inchers at the rear.

While the 992 911 is larger in every vital dimension, Porsche has only confirmed that the front track is 45mm wider and that it has a slightly longer wheelbase for improved interior and drivetrain packaging.

The changes on the interior of the new 911 are more significant. The dashboard features a more angular design and comes with a new multi-function steering wheel equipped with the sports response rotary dial, allowing the driver to alter the car’s drive modes.

While the rev counter in the instrument cluster is analogue, all other dials are digital. Porsche has also added a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor in the centre of the dashboard for the Porsche Communication Management system as standard. The new centre console houses a newly designed gearlever, electronic handbrake switch and a combination of touch-based and toggle-style switchgear for ancillary functions.

Thanks to the adoption of a new 12V electrical architecture, the new 911 gets a range of new driving assistance systems including a so-called wet mode that detects water on the road and re-calibrates the Porsche Stability Management system; adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control; night vision assist with a thermal-imaging camera; and a brake assist system that detects impending collision and initiates emergency braking when required.

So far, Porsche has only revealed the Carrera S and Carrera 4S models though there are definitely more planned. The new 911 range will include a less powerful version of the flat-six in the Carrera and Carrera 4 models, and more powerful variants in future GTS and Turbo models. The brand will also introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the latest 911, though they will only arrive with the facelifts that are expected to come in 2022.

There is no word on when the new 911 range will come to India. The outgoing 991 series model costs between Rs 1.42-3.88 crore (ex-showroom) depending on version. When it does arrive its rivals will include the Mercedes-AMG GT range and the Audi R8.

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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SCOOP! No AWD for Tata Harrier

Packaging constraints posed by the combination of the Fiat diesel engine and Land Rover platform mean Tata’s flagship will not get an all-wheel-drive system in the near future.

If you're an off-road enthusiast and have been waiting for the launch of the Tata Harrier, we have some bad news for you - Tata's new SUV will not be offered with all-wheel drive, at least not in the near future.

As you may know, the Tata Harrier is based on Land Rover's L550 platform, and will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s learned that packaging the Fiat engine for an all-wheel drive setup in the Land Rover platform would require major re-engineering – specifically, modifying the position of the propeller shaft. Given the high costs involved with making such a change and the low demand for all-wheel drive SUVs in the segment, Tata Motors has no immediate plans to launch an AWD version of the Harrier.

The front-wheel drive Harrier will, however, get a Land Rover-like Terrain Response controller with multiple modes for the ESP system. Tata has also revealed teaser videos of its SUV being tested in tough conditions, so the promise is that the Harrier will, at the very least, be more capable than its fellow front-wheel drive rivals.

However, at some point during the Harrier’s lifecycle, an AWD version could be developed if there is demand for it, especially in export markets. The most likely possibility is a sporty variant of the Harrier, powered by JLR’s 2.0-litre Ingenium engines, in which case the packaging of the entire powertrain and AWD drive system would not be a problem.

Of the other details we can confirm, the Harrier will get a hydraulic power steering rather than a costlier - if more efficient - electric power steering.

The Tata Harrier will be launched in mid-January 2019, and is expected to cost between Rs 16-21 lakh (on-road).

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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New Honda Passport SUV revealed

New five-seat SUV slots in above the CR-V; gets a 284hp, 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and optional all-wheel-drive.

Honda has revealed a new five-seat SUV at the ongoing LA motor show, called the Passport. The new model, which revives the nameplate in the US market, will slot above the CR-V in the Japanese carmaker’s range.

Based on a monocoque chassis, the new Passport gets a single engine-gearbox combination – a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine making 284hp and 355Nm of peak torque that is mated to a 9-speed torque convertor automatic transmission. While drive is sent to the front wheels as standard, customers can also spec the SUV with Honda’s i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system. The all-wheel-drive system can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s output to individual rear wheels and comes with four modes including sand, snow and mud. If specced with the standard front-wheel-drive layout, the Passport gets two drive modes – normal and snow.

The cabin of the Honda Passport is claimed to be class leading due to its larger size and five-seat layout. This also means that boot space is excellent with 1,167 litres available, which expands to 2,206 litres with the 60:40 split folding rear seats down.

In terms of features, the Passport SUV is quite well kitted. A 590-watt audio system comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen (on the higher-spec models), which gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Lower trims get a 215-watt audio system with a 5.0-inch display. Honda has provided a number of driver assistance systems across all variants including emergency auto braking and forward collision warning, lane departure alerts and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise, cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera.

Honda in India has recently launched the fifth-gen CR-V at Rs 28.15-32.75 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The carmaker has not revealed plans to bring the Passport SUV to India.

Courtesy : Autocar

Nov 29, 2018
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Royal Enfield Launches Thunderbird 500X ABS At Rs 2.13 Lakh

Recently spotted at various dealerships, the ABS-equipped Thunderbird 500 X has finally been launched by Royal Enfield at Rs 2.13 lakh.
  • Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird 500 X with ABS.
  • Price is Rs 14,000 more than the non-ABS variant of the bike.
  • Royal Enfield is likely to discontinue the non-ABS Thunderbird 500 X.
Royal Enfield has launched the much-anticipated Thunderbird 500 X ABS at Rs 2.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This represents a price hike of a little over Rs 14,000 over the non-ABS version of the motorcycle. Moreover, the launch of the Thunderbird 500 X ABS likely means curtains down for the non-ABS version.
The Thunderbird 500 X is a factory-made custom version of the Thunderbird cruiser. The 500 X features several styling elements that help it differentiate itself from the standard Thunderbird. The most prominent among them are the bright-coloured tank, colour-coordinated rim stickers and 9-spoke alloy wheels shod with tubeless tyres. The cruiser sports a black-themed bodywork that contrasts well with the two colour options (Getaway Orange & Drifter Blue) it offers.

Looks apart, the 500 X shares its underpinnings with the normal Thunderbird. This means the ABS-equipped Thunderbird 500 X is powered by the same 499cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine as before, producing 27.5PS of power and 41.3Nm of torque. The engine boasts of fuel-injection and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. Braking duties are handled by a 280mm disc at the front with a 240mm disc doing duty at the rear.

By launching the ABS variant of the Thunderbird 500 X, Royal Enfield has taken the fight to the Perak, Jawa's own interpretation of a factory-custom bobber that it unveiled recenty alongside the Jawa and the 42. More importantly, Royal Enfield is now one step closer towards equipping its entire range of motorcycles with ABS as the Classic, the Himalayan and the normal Thunderbird series of motorcycles have already received the life-saving feature. The Bullet is now the only model from Royal Enfield yet to receive ABS.

Courtesy : Zigwheels

Nov 29, 2018
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