New Delhi, Aug 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his condolences at the demise of veteran journalist and parliamentarian Kuldip Nayar. Tweeting from his personal handle, he said "Kuldip Nayar was an intellectual giant of our times. Frank and [...]
Union HRD Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Sunday attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his speech at the party plenary session today, saying he should apologise for his party's misdeeds first and then attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [...]
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Volkswagen Motorsport India announced that it will be developing and building customer cars for its customers to compete in FMSCI India National Rally Championship (INRC). It will be preparing cars to compete in all three categories of the championship – INRC, INRC2 & INRC3.
To showcase the performance of their cars, the German brand will officially compete in the INRC and INRC2 categories in the first race of the season in Chennai, this weekend. The INRC car will be driven by former FMSCI President and national champion, Vicky Chandhok, while Phalguna Urs will pilot the INRC2 car. Chandhok will compete for only one race but Phalguna will continue driving the Volkswagen Polo INRC2 car throughout the 2018 season.
Chandhok, who will be returning to motorsports after 18 years, will be driving the Volkswagen Polo R2 rally car; his co-driver for the race is Chandramouli, from Benglauru. According to the 61-year old veteran, he will take the decision of racing in the following rounds of INRC depending on his performance in the first race. His son, Karun Chandhok, is the second Indian driver after Narain Karthikeyan to compete in F1 and had also raced at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, last year.
Commenting on the announcement, Sirish Vissa, head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “After our global success in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for four years on the trot, Volkswagen Motorsport changed its focus to developing customer cars globally and we followed suit here in India, too. We have developed cars for potential customers across all three categories, for individuals who wish participate in competitive rallying.” [...]
There’s no better place to view the stark contrast of Dubai than from the 48th floor of the famous Dubai Frame – a 150-metre-high structure that’s won multiple design awards and is, well, quite simply the biggest photo frame in the world. On one side, you have vast, majestic deserts with a traditional middle-eastern vibe, while on the other side is Dubai as most know it today – futuristic skyscrapers piercing the sky and city streets peppered with exotic supercars. The dual landscape was a perfect setting to experience some of Nissan’s best-selling SUVs.
We drove four SUVs from their quite potent stable in the Arab Emirates – the flagship Nissan Patrol, powered by a big V8 engine; the iconic Pathfinder, which had a cult following as an SUV but is now more of an urban crossover; the X-Trail, the previous generation of which was part of their Indian line-up; and lastly, the smallest of the lot – the Kicks. Now, while the Kicks is, for the obvious reason, the most interesting one here (set to launch in India next year), this was the UAE model and not the one that we will eventually get.
As for the drive itself, we had two days, with the first one being straight out on the dunes; no easing into things here. After a nice, healthy lunch of fresh salads and the staple hummus with pita bread, I was raring to go. Before that, however, was a briefing about Dubai’s stringent driving laws and absolutely unforgiving officials. That didn’t dampen my spirits; but stepping out of the air-conditioned hotel lobby, my excitement simply evaporated in the scorching Dubai heat. The temperature on the phone showed close to 45deg C, and baking in this heat was the entire convoy of SUVs.
As luck would have it: the Patrol I would be driving was black. Mumbling expletives, I hopped into the cabin. To my relief, the AC was on full blast; and the icing on the cake: fantastic cooled seats. We left the hotel in the most disciplined manner, straight onto the vast multi lane highways of downtown Dubai. Here, the V8 engine was relaxed and barely broke a sweat. Cruising at 100kph seemed like a cakewalk with none of the usual V8 traits like the burbling, or the raucous engine note. It was silent and almost like an airplane cabin inside. We left the city behind and passed countless camel caravans on a small desert trail until we arrived at our destination – soft sand, wild hot winds and an eerie calmness, soon to be disrupted by 15 growling V8s.
We exchanged our rather urban Patrols for slightly tweaked ones to help in the desert. These had the bumpers replaced for a higher approach angle and they also had roll-cages installed for safety. I engaged sand mode, selected 4H on the gearbox for power to all four wheels and turned off traction control for uninterrupted power. A top tip while driving in the desert is to lower your tyre pressures, which results in a wider footprint and prevents you from sinking in. All checks done, we began the dune bashing. The soft desert sand tried to suck the SUV in at all times so I needed to keep the momentum going and have a steady right foot. Too much power will literally bury the wheels in, while too little will make you sink. Getting a good grip on the steering is very essential as well, because the grooves in the sand tend to pull you their way, so you are constantly wrestling with the car. This may all sound quite strenuous, but in reality, it was an absolute blast. I had a big V8 SUV, sand as far as the eye can see, and most importantly, the chance to go flat-out in a controlled environment.
Countless jumps and sand-drifts later, it was time to head back. We left the dunes and the setting sun behind us. On the journey back, I chose the Pathfinder. On the desert trails and eventually the highways, the smooth petrol-CVT combo made for a relaxing end to an adrenaline-packed day. It was pitch dark by the time we reached the hotel but the temperature was still hovering around 40deg C. But seeing Dubai under lights is like a seeing a whole different city. The well-lit roads and glass skyscrapers laden with bright lights make for an epic skyline.
Day two was quite the opposite of the first day. There were no more deserts or sand dunes to contend with. In fact, we were to drive in the heart of the city and visit some tourist spots including, of course, Dubai Mall. I chose to try out both the X-Trail and Kicks for this city drive.
I quickly realised that while the X-Trail had 4WD and was built keeping a certain level of off-road ability in mind, the Kicks was strictly an urban vehicle.
The international version of the Kicks is smaller in dimensions and with less equipment compared to the one that will make it to our shores. First impressions were quite positive and it seems to have all the right ingredients. It is light and easy to drive, has a nice and practical cabin with good space on offer, the engine-gearbox combination worked seam [...]
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Yet another picture has emerged of the KTM 390 Adventure being tested and, this time, it looks very close to being production-ready. The test mule features an LED headlamp, indicators, mirrors and even a rear number plate, hinting at its ready-for-production status.
This prototype is rolling on wire-spoke wheels that appear to measure 19 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear, in contrast to KTM’s larger Adventure models that feature a 21-/18-inch combo. The early prototype, first spied in 2016, also appeared to be running a 21-inch front wheel. The wheels are wrapped in moderately knobby rubber that seems to be quite off-road oriented.
Another element that’s noticeably different from the 390 Duke is the exhaust system. There appears to be a downtube from the cylinder head that feeds into a collector box underneath the swingarm pivot, which then flows into a large side-mounted upswept end-canister.
The headlight looks similar to the unit seen on the 390 Duke, but the surrounding shrouding appears to be different. Above the headlight is a clear screen that may be adjustable. Flanking the headlight on either side are clear panels that help in giving the bike a slimmer-looking profile while providing some level of wind protection. We have seen KTM use this technique to good effect on the RC range as well.
There also appears to be a larger radiator shroud, and while the fuel tank has a different-looking shape it doesn’t seem dramatically larger than the Duke’s. Nevertheless, a slight increase in fuel capacity is possible given the long-distance-oriented role of the motorcycle. The exposed trellis subframe seen on the Duke has been covered up to some extent with bodywork on the Adventure.
The seats on the Adventure appear to be roomy and the step up to the pillion seat isn’t very exaggerated. In the image, we can see a relaxed and upright riding position despite, what appears to be, a fairly tall test rider. The footpegs don’t seem to be as high up and rear-set as they are on the Duke, and the handlebar seems taller as well.
Another interesting element is the spindle offset on the front fork, fairly evident in the image. This means that the front axle is placed slightly ahead of the fork centreline, which has the effect of decreasing trail. Since the fitment of a larger front wheel will increase the trail, the two should cancel each other out to some extent and the overall effect shouldn’t be too pronounced.
Although the bike in the image doesn’t have any form of crash protection or even an engine bash plate, it is safe to expect these features on the production motorcycle, at least as options. As we reported earlier, it is quite possible that the 390 Adventure will come in two variants - a road-oriented version with alloy wheels, and a more off-road focused variant with wire-spoke wheels. With that in mind, it’s still not a certainty that the 390 Adventure will come with spoke wheels as standard when first launched and that will only become apparent in time.
The mirrors and hand guards appear to be shared with the Duke and so is, of course, the engine. The engine covers seem identical to those seen on the 390 Duke and RC 390 as well.
Another element expected to be shared with the 390 Duke is the colour TFT screen, and we expect the electronics to be at least as advanced as the Duke, if not more. The Duke gets Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to manage phone calls and music from the screen. ABS at both ends is a certainty and there will likely be a Supermoto (or in this case, Off-road) mode as well, which will engage ABS only at the front wheel.
Excitement for the 390 Adventure is reaching fever pitch, with Bajaj recently confirming that the bike will be launched in 2019. We expect to see a production-ready bike at Intermot (October 2018) or EICMA (November 2018).
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