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Every edition of the Parx Supercar Show brings a four-wheeled surprise that puts a big grin on every showgoer’s face. This year’s edition – the first since 2015 – is no different. For the first time ever, the Parx Supercar Show 2019 is also playing host to 100 vintage cars, 100 vintage bikes and 100 superbikes as part of the Western India Automobile Association’s (WIAA) centenary year celebrations. So not only are there some truly special cars in attendance, there are more than a mere handful of them! The Parx-WIAA Centenary Year Auto Show 2019 began today and is being held in Mumbai over the weekend.
Showstoppers in the supercars category include the McLaren Senna and the LaFerrari. This is the first time a Senna has been brought to Mumbai and it sure is attracting a ton of attention at the Parx supercar show 2019. Parked next to it is the brutal-yet-beautiful LaFerrari hypercar and sharing floor space with these hypercars at the Parx auto show is the achingly gorgeous Lamborghini Countach. Also part of Gautam Singhania’s display of cars is a vintage Rolls-Royce, a Lamborghini tractor and a crazy Sandrail beach buggy, with a Chevrolet-sourced V8 putting out 1,300hp!
Among attractions in the vintage car section are the Benz Patent Motorwagen replica, along with an 1896 Ford and a 1903 Humber Humberette. Included among the vintage bikes display are a number of BSAs, Nortons and Triumphs; whereas the superbike class is packed with powerful entries such as the Kawasaki ZX-14R, Suzuki Hayabusa and more.
The cars will be on display at the MMRDA Grounds, BKC until Saturday, February 9, from 9am-6pm. After this, they will set off for the parade on Sunday, February 10, at 11:30am. The rally will take the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, pass Worli Sea face and Haji Ali, and then move to Marine Drive, finally ending at Ballard Estate at around 1pm.
Want to know where can you get passes to the Parx Auto Show 2019? You can buy them online on BookMyShow, or at the venue, itself.
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The Two-Wheelers Helmet Manufacturers Association has requested more strict enforcement towards making helmet usage mandatory. The Association says that it has been proactive in taking up the issue of helmet safety on Indian roads.
“Urbanisation has led to doubling in traffic fatalities in the past few years with the number of deaths around 3,00,000 per year as per WHO report. Most people affected are pedestrians and two wheeler users,” said Rajeev Kapur, president, Two Wheelers Helmet Manufacturers Association and MD, Steelbird Hi-Tech India while sharing his thoughts on National Road Safety Week on the sidelines of SIAM's seminar.
The Association has said that it welcomes the move made by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) of issuing the draft notification for bringing the two-wheeler helmet into the BIS mandatory certification list and implementing the new standard IS4151:2015 – the India-specific helmet standard. However, the body feels that there is need to further take corrective measures to reduce fatalities.
"Notification issued by MoRTH on bringing two-wheeler helmets in mandatory BIS list needs to be gazetted immediately. Awareness alone will not work. Strict enforcement is required. The government should make helmets mandatory across India,” said the manufacturers' association.
The association further requested MoRTH to bring in the rule for all OEMs to provide helmets with a two-wheeler as per the motor vehicle act; the same is done by few companies at the moment. In addition to this, the Association says that two-wheeler manufacturers should supply a protective headgear at the time of purchase which conforms to the specifications prescribed by the Bureau of India standard under act 1986.
The industry body estimates that the minimum investment to meet the demand of all the two-wheeler users in India will be around Rs 6,000 crore. This amount is inclusive of working capital; and the time frame required would be minimum two-three years. The organisation urges manufacturers and other companies to come forward and invest in this segment. [...]
Honda has just stepped into the 400cc space with the new CBR400R. The faired sportsbike is designed to rival the Kawasaki Ninja 400, which until now was the only motorcycle in the space. The new bike is based on the CBR500R, with the biggest change being the lowered engine capacity.
The CBR400R is styled just like the updated CBR500R that was unveiled at EICMA late last year. It is not just the bodywork that's similar to the 500R, but also the colour schemes. The new CBR400R features the same sleek and sporty styling elements the CBR500R got in 2018. By the looks of it, the 400R also offers the newer riding position of the 500R that is racier. According to Honda, the CBR400R has “styling that is full of speed”. The sportsbike also features all-LED lighting.
Powering the new model is a 399cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine that makes 46hp at 9,000rpm and 38Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Honda has also said that it has reviewed the intake system and optimised the valve timing. The company also added that the slipper clutch which the 6-speed gearbox uses is newly adopted and ‘fun to manipulate’. The bike is also equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster.
Suspension duties are taken care of by a conventional, telescopic fork and a monoshock. The bike also uses a single disc brake at the front and the rear. As for the tyres, the 400R uses 120/70-17 at the front and a 160/60-17 at the rear. While the Japanese Honda website has given a 192kg weight figure, it hasn’t mentioned if it is the dry or kerb weight, but we believe it to be the latter. Interestingly, the website also has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 41kpl, achieved while the bike was running constantly at 60kph, with a rider and pillion. The fuel tank capacity of the CBR400R is 17 litres, just like on the 500R.
The CBR400R is available in three colours in Japan – Grand Prix Red, Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Pearl Glare White. It is priced at 7,93,800 Yen (Rs 5.16 lakh) in Japan. For reference, its direct rival, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is priced at 6,63,000 Yen (Rs 4.31 lakh).
While there is no news whether Honda will bring this motorcycle to India, we believe it would sit nicely above the CB300R in the company’s line-up.
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