Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Polaris India unveils new Indian® Scout™

History’s most famous, innovative and versatile bike is re-imagined with timeless craftsmanship plus performance, handling and pricing that will appeal to riders of many experience levels

After electrifying India by revealing their 2014 Indian Chief range, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc., the world leader in Off-Road and All-Terrain Vehicles has announced the availability of the new Indian® Scout™ through bookings with effect from today.

“The launch of the Indian® Scout™ in the United States has proved to be successful in stirring a new wave of enthusiasm. The launch just added another feather in our effort to revive the history of Indian Motorcycle®. The launched model is designed to possess the heritage of the past blended with modern technology. We are now giving Indian enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history in a modern package by booking their own Indian® Scout ™,” said Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd.

A sneak peek of the new Indian® Scout™ is available on the Indian Motorcycle® website (

Meanwhile, the all-new Indian® Scout ™ is an innovative and aesthetically stunning American cruiser. It introduces the first-ever liquid-cooled Indian Motorcycle® engine – an efficient and reliable 69 cubic inch V-twin engine offering 100 HP of performance for impressive power on demand. This new model carries the legendary Indian® Scout™ name into the future in authentic Indian® Motorcycle® style. It also features:
·         A liquid-cooled, 1131 cc V-twin engine offering high performance

·         A classic rigid triangle design coupled with premium monotube rear shocks that deliver exceptional handling and comfort

·         A 244 kg/253 kg (538/558 lbs) dry weight,  1562 mm (61.5 IN) wheelbase, 135 mm (5.3 IN) ground clearance and 31 degrees of lean for precise high and low speed maneuverability

·         Price: Starting from Rs. 11.99 Lacs (ex-showroom Delhi)

Polaris India introduced the Indian Motorcycle® in India early this year. Indian Motorcycle® is an iconic brand that gained immense popularity across world geography. In April 2011, Polaris Industries acquired Indian Motorcycle® and in July 2013, it unveiled the all-new range of Indian motorcycles.

Since the April 2011 acquisition of Indian Motorcycle by Polaris Industries, the company has made an unprecedented commitment of time, resources and passion into the design of the all-new power plant. From the outset, the goal was to capture the iconic design and styling aspects of the 113-year old brand’s most historic model and fuse that heritage with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design elements. The new design reflects an unparalleled investment into researching the complete history of Indian Motorcycle® power train development. 

Source: indianmotorcycle press releases
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Thursday, September 11, 2014


The flagship RC series machine provides pure sports performance in an achievable package.

KTM RC 390 in action at Modena race track

44hp + 147kg = massive fun for any rider
All new sporty chassis with high-tech components
ABS fitted as standard
Easy to ride, easy to maintain
Achievable cost, unbelievable capability


Brandnew KTM RC 390: 44hp, 35Nm and 147kg

The new KTM RC 390 hits the street with a purpose to reflect KTM`s fast forward attitude and the company´s DNA in a perfect and global way. Never before a full faired sportmotorcycle stepped into the segment with more quality, refinement and lap time potential.

Distinguished by first-rate, high-tech components, the road legal racer has a superior power-to-weight ratio, unprecedented agility and capable of extreme lean angles to be able to out-handle whatever the daily race can throw at it.

The flagship RC series machine follows on from the huge success of the KTM 390 DUKE naked machine it shares its powerplant with, but with an all-new chassis, riding position and Grand Prix-inspired bodywork has increased focus on sports performance.

New chassis
With a more sporty focus requires a new chassis to match the RC’s intentions. Though physically similar in appearance to the proven steel trellis frame of the DUKE, the RC’s geometry is critically different in order to fully live up to the ergonomics and riding characteristics of a genuine racer. A steeper steering head, shorter trail and shorter wheelbase give the RC 390 a playful handling, true racetrack capability but – importantly – perfect stability at any speed.

Further differences that set the RC apart from its naked counterpart are changes to the WP Suspension; less traveland firmer, aggressive damping characteristics. At 43mm, the amply sized upside down front forks have the same diameter stanchions as those of the KTM 1190 RC8 R Superbike and add genuine racing equipment to ensure maximum stability and precision.

Strong engine
Set within the orange matrix of steel is the same highly sophisticated, powerful and reliable engine as the 390 DUKE. The short-stroked, liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve 375cc single boasts 44hp and 35Nm and is mastered by the RC’s electronic fuel injection to deliver incredible response, robust power delivery and great refinement; perfect conditions for a true racing feel, combined with convincing real-world credibility.

High-tech components
Developed together with Brembo, the braking system includes a four-piston radially mounted caliper biting down hard on a 300mm front disc backed up by Bosch ABS as standard – an unparalleled quality feature in this segment for maximum safety. At 110/70 ZR17 front and 150/60 ZR17, even the Metzeler tyres have a racing size format.

Further proving this new machine’s racetrack qualities are tomorrow’s MotoGP pilots who are exploiting the ‘CUP’ version of the RC 390 this season to fight for points and podiums in the German ADAC Junior Cup. These identical bikes are making for thrilling racing and are fitted with a wide range of track-focussed accessories from the official KTM PowerParts catalogue; parts that are also available for the street RC rider to enhance their machine amongst a huge array of other customisation for the RC.

Available from the end of September onwards the RC 390 is ready to write an important chapter for the Austrian-based brand – with an outstanding sportmotorcycle that is ready to inspire riders all over the world.
New chassis, strong engine & high-tech components

Truly READY TO RACE – KTM RC 390 & RC 390 CUP

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New fully-faired KTM packages provide pure sports riding pleasure with real world practicality.
Brand-new RC 200: 26hp, 19Nm and only 137.5kg
  • 26hp + 137.5kg = equation equals instant fun
  • All new sporty chassis with high-tech components
  • Easy to ride, easy to maintain
  • Ready to win the ‘daily race’

New chassis, proven engine & high-tech components
With the new KTM RC 200, KTM offers a bike that introduces the sheer thrill of sports bike riding but delivered in a package that is rewarding for all levels of rider experience and many riding situations.

Never before has a full-faired sportmotorcycle stepped into the segment with more quality, refinement and sports potential. In typical KTM style, the RC 200 boasts first-rate, high-tech components and packs a performance punch with a power-to-weight ratio above its competition. With unprecedented agility and capable of extreme lean angles, the RC 200 is able to out-handle and out-stop whatever the ‘daily race’ can throw at it.

With the KTM 200 DUKE quickly establishing itself as KTM’s biggest selling lower capacity street motorcycle, the new RC series machine look set to follow on from the naked machine’s huge popularity. Sharing the same exciting – yet efficient – engine, the RC receives an all-new chassis, riding position and Grand Prix-inspired bodywork.

This is a bike that not just looks as though it was pulled straight off a Moto3 grid. It is brought to you by the very people who have won both world championships ever held in the 250cc four-stroke class and are once again going strong in the current season. With the RC’s focus on a more sporty potential, it required a new chassis to match these intentions.

New chassis
Though physically similar in appearance to the proven steel trellis frame of the DUKE, the RC’s geometry is critically different in order to fully live up to the ergonomics and riding characteristics of a genuine racer. A steeper steeringhead, shorter trail and shorter wheelbase give the RC 200 a playful handling, true racetrack capability but – importantly – perfect stability at any speed.
Ready for the “daily race” with KTM PowerParts

Further differences that set the RC apart from its naked counterpart are changes to the WP Suspension; less traveland firmer, aggressive damping characteristics. At 43mm, the amply sized upside down front forks have the same diameter stanchions as those of the KTM 1190 RC8 R Superbike and add genuine racing equipment to ensure maximum stability and precision.

Proven engine
Set within the orange-painted matrix of tubular steel is the same highly sophisticated, powerful and reliable engine as the 200 DUKE. The short-stroked, liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve 199.5cc single boasts 26hp and 19.5Nm and is mastered by the RC’s electronic fuel injection to deliver incredible response, robust power delivery and great refinement; perfect conditions for a true racing feel, combined with convincing real-world credibility.

High-tech components & PowerParts
Developed together with Brembo, the braking system includes a four-piston radially mounted caliper biting down hard on a 300mm front disc. This offers the rider superb braking power at any speed with important feel at the lever. At 110/70 ZR17 front and 150/60 ZR17, even the tyres have a racing size format to deliver the maximum contact patch with the asphalt.

As no two riders are the same, KTM’s offers a huge array of KTM PowerParts for those who want to tune the new RC 200 to match their individual personality. Refine it, customise it, make it even faster; this is what KTM PowerParts are for. From styling and looks to awesome racing parts and ergonomic adjustments, there are many possibilities when it comes to customising the RC 200.

Available from End of Month onwards, the RC 200 will once again create history for the Austrian-based brand with an incredible sportmotorcycle that is ready to raise the pulse of riders for whatever the challenge of their “daily race”.
KTM RC 200 on the country road at Emilia Romagna

Source: KTM news-events
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

India Superbike Festival starts in Bangalore on 10th and 11th May

The two-day superbike event will be held at the Phoenix MarketCity. 

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Monday, July 08, 2013

MISTAKEN IDENTITY - A News On Bangalore Mirror

Cover Story

Literally, something took me over exasperating while reading Bangalore Mirror published article "HDK's son gifts himself a RS 5-crore Lamborghini", dated 5th July. The reason is, ignorance of information being published - by the most popular publication publishing, mistakenly, about the most exclusive spotted exotic supercar The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 as Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2.

Well, as an AutoHead, I respect the article and no offence to its writers or the medium, however, the fact remains incorrect as the entire article revolves around the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2.

The orange-coloured stunner, which is the latest addition to his collection, puts the young Turk, who is getting ready to take the family political legacy forward by simultaneously dabbling in politics and business, in a league all his own. He is the first Bangalorean to own the limited edition model. In fact, the Italian automobile manufacturer has launched only six exclusive limited edition cars in the country. "But Nikhil got it even before the manufacturer formally launched the cars in India. The car was delivered last month," a source close to Kumaraswamy's family told Bangalore Mirror. [As in Bangalore Mirror]

Now, the information above from Bangalore Mirror's 2nd and 3rd paragraph only reflects the actual information in one sentence "The orange-coloured stunner". The remaining lines do not reflect the actual car at all. In fact, the supercar is an Orange (Arancio Argos Pearl Effect) Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, launched in India in the last quarter of 2011. The six exclusive limited edition cars said above is with regards to the Indian Edition Lamborghini Gallardo. Which would be a limited edition and only six will be produced exclusively for India (read article here

While I can see the table in the BM's article said this, however I had a question in mind. Are we talking about an engine 5.2 litre-10 cylinder V90? I have heard V8, V10, V12 and V6 too, OR was it actually meant to say V90°, which gave another meaning to the "V" if otherwise.

Specification of Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: The bull is mated with a 6.5 liter V12, 60° engine which unleashes uncensored power of 700bhp at 8250rpm. The bull is capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and can cruise at a top speed of around 350 km/h making the Aventador stand among the fastest street-legal cars in the world.

There was a finishing statement to the article saying "Perhaps, the only road where the Lamborghini can be driven at its maximum speed is the NICE Road built by Gowda's other rival, Ashok Kheny! ". Now, this can be quite challenging taking it to the NICE road every time you want to test the bull's patients, I would ask WHY? Since, Bangalore has already seen two Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 cruising Bangalore roads after dark, this being the third one I have personally seen it gushing on the regular streets like a Bat Mobile.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lamborghini Launches Indian Version Of The Gallardo

Image Credits: Lamborghini Mumbai FB page

For the people in India, Lamborghini celebrates its 50th anniversary in style, with the launch of the limited edition of the model Gallardo LP550-2 with an ex-showroom Maharashtra price of Rs.3.06 crore.

The India Edition Gallardo Sports Car will be limited to only six super-sports cars adorned with the colors of the Indian flag, of which one car has already been sold to a Bangalore-based entrepreneur prior to the launch.

“This is the way we wanted to pay tribute to India and be different. We could have an Indian monument painted on the car for exclusivity, but we decided for the tri-colour theme,” said Pavan Shetty, Head of Operations, Lamborghini India.

The Gallardo LP550-2 Indian edition sports three colours such as arancio borealis (pearl orange), bianco monocerus (white) andverde ithaca (pearl green) on its exterior the tricolour strip of the Indian national flag that run from the front bonnet to the rear engine bonnet.

The interior has also got shades of the tricolor too, with stitching on the driver's seat in verde ulysse (green), on the passenger seat in arancio leonis (orange) and on the doors, center console and dashboard in bianco polar (white).

The India edition Gallardo is also equipped with the front nose lifting facility which provides better ground clearance for Indian road condition, making this as an advantage for Lambo buyers in India.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Lamborghini Egoista - Lamborghini's 50th anniversary

Italian supercar maker Lamborghini marked its 50th anniversary celebrations by previewing the “Egoista” at a private function.

Egoista, meaning selfish in Italian, designed by VW group design head Walter de Silva is a single seater concept car powered by a 5.2 Liter V10, similar to the Gallardo.

The Lamborghini Egoista is an intentionally extreme and unusual vehicle with absolutely unique characteristics, created by the Volkswagen Group design team – Alessandro Dambrosio responsible for the exterior and Stefan Sielaff for the interior, in particular. De Silva's team chose to create a single-seater, pushing all the characteristics in Lamborghini's make-up meaning pure driving pleasure, performance and style beyond their limits. The cockpit, designed like a tailor-made suit for the driver, is a removable section which, once combined with the rest of the vehicle, creates a perfect technical, mechanical and aerodynamic unit. Inspiration, as per Lamborghini tradition, once again comes from the world of aviation, and in particular the Apache helicopter, where the cockpit can be ejected in an emergency.

“The cockpit, made completely of carbon fiber and aluminum, represents a sort of survival cell, allowing the driver to isolate and protect themselves from external elements,” De Silva explained.“We kept an eye on the future when designing the Egoista, with the idea that its cockpit could have been taken from a jet aircraft and integrated into a road vehicle, to provide a different travel option.”

The Egoista contains, in Walter De Silva's opinion, all the product criteria which are part of Lamborghini's make-up. “It's as if Ferruccio Lamborghini were saying: I'm going to put the engine in the back, I don't want a passenger. I want it for myself, and I want it as I imagine it to be. It is a fanatical vehicle, Egoista fits it well.”
If Lamborghinis are cars for the few, this one goes further. It is a car for itself, a gift from Lamborghini to Lamborghini, resplendent in its solitude. The Egoista is pure emotion, Never Never Land, which no one can ever possess, and which will always remain a dream, for everyone.

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Friday, May 03, 2013

New Porsche 911 turbo raises the bar

  • Porsche celebrates 40 years of Turbo with new ‘Type 991’ generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S
  • New all-wheel drive chassis with adaptive aerodynamics and active rear axle steering
  • Flat-six twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre engine produces up to 560 hp
  • On sale September 2013: Turbo priced from £118,349, and Turbo S from £140,852

In the forty years since the first prototype appeared, the place of the Porsche 911 Turbo at the technological summit and peak of dynamic performance has never been in doubt. Now, with the unveiling of the new ‘Type 991’ generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, the car’s reputation as a technology showcase combining the virtues of a circuit race car with those of an everyday road car reaches new heights.

New all-wheel drive running gear with active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and up to 560 hp from the flat six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine emphatically underline the character of the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models. Playing an equally crucial role is the entirely new, lightweight design chassis with a 100 mm longer wheelbase riding on larger diameter 20-inch wheels.

The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system, which is offered for the first time on the 911 Turbo models, increases the dynamic performance potential even more. This system is standard equipment on the 911 Turbo S, together with the Sport Chrono Package Plus incorporating dynamic engine mounts, and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). These are also each available on the 911 Turbo.
As a consequence, the 911 Turbo S shortens the benchmark lap time around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to well under 7 min 30 sec – naturally on standard production tyres. The standard ‘sound symposer’ intensifies the driving experience further still; transmitting induction sounds of the turbo engine to the passenger compartment via a speaker diaphragm.

More power – and fuel economy improved by 16 per cent
The performance partners in the powertrain are the further advanced engines and the new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. The turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine with direct petrol injection produces 520 hp (383 kW) in the 911 Turbo, and 560 hp (412 kW) in the Turbo S.
Porsche continues to be the only car maker to offer twin turbochargers with variable turbine geometry on a petrol engine.
Power is transferred to the drivetrain via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK), which enables an auto start/stop function with engine shut-off that now activates earlier (when coasting to a halt) as well as the proven coasting function. Together with a new thermal management system for the turbo engine and the PDK transmission, fuel efficiency technologies have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 29.1 mpg; these figures apply to both models.

New all-wheel drive with electro-hydraulic control
For an even faster and more precise power distribution to the two axles, Porsche has developed a new all-wheel drive system (PTM) with an electronically controlled and activated multi-plate clutch. The system is equipped with a new water cooling function, so that it can direct even more drive torque to the front wheels if necessary. Simultaneously, the optimised interplay of the engine, transmission and all-wheel drive systems delivers even better sprint capabilities. The 911 Turbo -- with the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus -- accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, which is one-tenth faster than the time of the prior model 911 Turbo S. Meanwhile, the new 911 Turbo S handles the standard sprint to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The car’s top speed is 197 mph.
Rear axle steering sustainably improves handling
The introduction of rear axle steering to all 911 Turbo models improves both track driving and everyday performance of the two new sports cars immensely. Instead of conventional control arms, the system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators on the left and right of the rear axle. The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h), when the front wheels are turned the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction. This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 250 mm, which gives the 911 Turbo unrivalled cornering agility. The system lets the car turn faster into the bend and offers more dynamic steering responses. Furthermore, this noticeably simplifies low speed manoeuvring and parking.

At speeds above 50 mph (80 km/h), the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the turned front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by a significant 500 mm and gives the sports car tremendous stability, especially at high speeds. At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which initiates the change in direction more spontaneous and harmoniously.
Active aerodynamics improve efficiency and performance
Porsche has developed an active aerodynamic system on the new 911 Turbo models for the first time.
It consists of a sturdy, retractable three-stage front spoiler -- whose segments can be pneumatically extended -- and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable positions. This makes it possible to tune the aerodynamics of the 911 Turbo to fulfil driver wishes for either optimal efficiency (speed position) or ultimate dynamic performance.
In the performance position, all segments of the front spoiler are fully extended, and they generate considerable downforce on the front axle. Similarly, the rear wing is extended to its maximum height with the greatest angle of attack. This also generates more downforce on the rear axle. The extent to which this system improves dynamic performance is demonstrated by the fact that it can reduce lap times around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife by up to two seconds.
Widest body of all 911 models
As has become the tradition, the performance potential of the new 911 Turbo is plain to see but the new models express it more clearly than ever before. The characteristic, expansively wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – they feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the base of the rear C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body.
Other differentiating characteristics include forged two-tone 20-inch diameter wheels – which on the 911 Turbo S have hub wheel locks. The Turbo S is also making its appearance with new full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and dynamic, camera-based main beam control. This can be ordered as an option for the 911 Turbo.

New interior with high-end features
The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, building on the styling themes of the 911 Carrera family. The Turbo S offers an exclusive interior in a Black/Carrera Red colour combination and Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and position memory. In addition, the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams and various elements in Carbon Look. As with the prior model, a Bose Surround Sound audio system is standard; however, a higher output Burmester upgrade is also available as an option for the first time. A radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options offered.
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

The new BMW Z4

The interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology defines the unmistakable character of the BMW Z4 – and now an updated version of the Roadster is ready for action, armed with a raft of additional powertrain and equipment innovations. The new BMW Z4 represents a time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction equipment package, the new entry-level sDrive18i model and the latest additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.

The new BMW Z4 takes to the stage 25 years after the legendary BMW Z1. That Roadster turned heads when it was unveiled at the 1987 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt – not only on account of its revolutionary door concept, but also thanks to its agile and precisely controllable handling. With the BMW Z1 began the latest chapter in the history of BMW Roadsters – a tradition which stretches back to the 1930s and reached the first of many high points with the BMW 328 (winner of the 1940 Mille Miglia) and BMW 507 from 1955. The BMW Z3 and BMW Z8 triggered a fresh wave of excitement for the classical open-top two-seater concept in the 1990s. And they also paved the way for the first-generation BMW Z4 and its successor, the brand’s first Roadster fitted with a retractable hardtop roof.

Design: classical proportions infused with modern character.

The success of modern-day BMW Roadsters is rooted in the rigorous execution of a concept, a process which has left its mark on both the design and the driving properties of each car and is clearly recognisable in the new BMW Z4. The sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, low beltline and low-slung rear end play a more vivid and uncompromising part in shaping its appearance than is evident with any of its segment rivals. The low seating position just ahead of the rear axle gives the driver and passenger a particularly intense experience of the longitudinal and lateral forces working on the rear wheels. This sense of being “part of the car” also allows the driver to grade the amount of power he’s feeding through the rear axle with sensitivity and precision. That’s the recipe for roadster feeling, BMW-style.

The hardtop roof also blends seamlessly into the car’s form. As it closes, it seals a smoothly flowing roofline, while large window surfaces optimise all-round visibility and the feeling of space inside the car. Once opened, the two roof elements are accommodated, one on top of the other, in a compact package inside the Roadster’s road-hugging rear. The A-pillars – painted an understated black – also underline the low-slung silhouette of the new BMW Z4, especially when the roof is open. The optional BMW Individual hardtop – available in the two contrast colours Black non-metallic and Glacier Silver metallic – provides a feast for the eyes when the roof is closed. The hardtop can be opened at the touch of a button while the car is moving at up to 40 km/h (25 mph) in an automated process lasting 19 seconds.

The distinctive twin circular headlights team up with the broad BMW kidney grille to form a roadster-specific interpretation of the brand’s signature front-end look. The standard bi-xenon headlights of the new BMW Z4 have an extremely slim design and extend well into the front wheel arches. They feature LED light rings which emit daytime driving light in the brand’s hallmark style. Added to which, the light sources now have a strikingly three-dimensional design which accentuates the intricate technology of the headlights. Cutting across the tops of the headlights are LED accent lights, whose metal insert bears BMW lettering. The integrated turn signal indicators have chrome-coloured surrounds, which lend further emphasis to the sophisticated character of the light units. Plus, a newly designed, tapered surround for the side indicators adds a dynamic sweep to the gills on the front side sections of the car.

Striking touches: new paint finishes, Design Pure Traction equipment package, additional light-alloy wheels and the M Sport package.

A total of 11 external paint finishes are available for the new BMW Z4, including the new Mineral Grey metallic, Glacier Silver metallic and Valencia Orange metallic, which can only be ordered together with the Design Pure Traction option. This new equipment package lends the Roadster an extremely lively aura; the interior, for example, boasts an energy-charged contrast of black and orange. The bespoke Alcantara door panel trim, like the lower section of the instrument panel, comes in orange. The black leather seats have contrast stitching in Valencia Orange and an accent stripe running down the central section of the backrests and seat cushions. This stripe is likewise orange and is flanked by two thin white lines. The door panel trim and lower section of the instrument panel can also be specified in black as an option. Another exclusive element of the Design Pure Traction package is the metal weave trim strip, which can be combined with further decorative elements in high-gloss black for the door openers and the gearshift or selector lever. This new equipment package replaces the previously available Design Pure Impulse and is also available in combination with other exterior paint colours as an option. 

New interior additions to standard specification include high-gloss black surrounds for the central air vents and the iDrive control system’s folding Control Display, which comes as part of the optional Professional navigation system. Elsewhere, exquisite Fineline Anthracite wood has been added to the selection of interior trim strips available as an option for the new BMW Z4. The BMW Z4 sDrive28i, BMW Z4 sDrive35i and BMW Z4 sDrive35is are offered with Kansas leather trim, which is available as an option for the two other models.

New variants have been added to the range of optional light-alloy wheels as well, including newly designed 17-inch and 18-inch wheels in V-spoke design, both of which will be combined with mixed tyres.

The engaging character of the Roadster as a driver’s tool is given particular emphasis by the likewise optional M Sport package, which contributes M Sport suspension, 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M aerodynamics package with large air intakes in the front wing and a rear bumper inlay painted Anthracite metallic. Bringing an extra dose of sporting flair into the interior, meanwhile, are features such as sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, M driver’s footrest, M door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The Aluminium Carbon trim strip, leather M gear lever knob and grey dials for the instrument cluster lend the finishing touches to the interior ambience. The new BMW Z4 sDrive35is comes as standard with a model-specific version of the M Sport package.

Engines: BMW TwinPower Turbo technology at five output levels.

The BMW Z4 will be available with a larger, five-strong line-up of petrol engines from launch, and customers will be able to choose from three four-cylinder and two six-cylinder powerplants. Their most significant shared feature is BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which ensures an exceptionally effective balance between driving pleasure and fuel consumption throughout the output range. In addition, all four-cylinder variants of the new BMW Z4 already meet – as standard – the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard due to come into force in 2014.

The BMW Z4 sDrive18i takes to the stage as the new entry-level model. It is powered by a 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which develops maximum output of 115 kW/156 hp at 5,000 rpm. The new variant of the four-cylinder unit delivers peak torque of 240 Newton metres (177 lb-ft) between 1,250 and 4,400 rpm. The BMW Z4 sDrive18i is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed sports automatic can also be ordered as an option. The new model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds) and hits a top speed of 221 km/h / 137 mph (220 km/h / 136.5 mph). Average fuel consumption for the BMW Z4 sDrive18i in the EU test cycle is 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg imp) with both the manual and automatic gearbox. CO2 emissions stand at 159 grams per kilometre.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the new BMW Z4 sDrive18i includes twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and Double-Vanos continuously variable camshaft control. An identical version of this technology package is also used in the engines – likewise 2.0-litre units – under the bonnet of the BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i. These engines can also be ordered with an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel as an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual. The automatic has been optimised to deliver even better acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).

The existing engine variants – the sDrive20i, sDrive28i, sDrive35i and sDrive35is – retain their places in the range.

Extensive comfort-enhancing equipment.

The new BMW Z4 delivers the driving pleasure customers have come to expect from the brand, fulfilling the desire for both sporting ability and comfort. Drivers can use the standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch to select a configuration to suit the situation at hand and satisfy personal preferences. COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes can all be called up using the rocker switch on the centre console. As well as adjusting the responses of the engine and DSC stability system, the different modes also alter the shift characteristics of the automatic gearbox, the responses of the Servotronic function and the mapping of the electronically controlled dampers, if these items are specified. These modes allow the driver to choose from a selection of distinctive and clearly differentiated set-ups for the car.
Other items of equipment fitted as standard are xenon headlights, air conditioning, a heated glass rear window, the Soft Close Automatic function for the boot lid and runflat tyres with a run-flat indicator. The BMW Business radio – including CD player, AUX-IN socket and six loudspeakers – is a standard feature in all the variants of the Roadster, while customers can also choose from options including the BMW Professional radio and the Professional hi-fi-system with 14 loudspeakers. The similarly optional Professional navigation system enables high-resolution map graphics – complete with 3D view – on the 8.8-inch iDrive monitor. The navigation data for the system is stored on an in-car hard disk, which also provides 12 GB of capacity for personal music collections.

The range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive has also expanded once again. The new BMW Z4 can be equipped with features such as a rain sensor, Adaptive Headlights and High Beam Assistant. Cruise control with braking function and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car are also available. If the Professional navigation system is specified, the ConnectedDrive Services option allows use of internet-based information and entertainment services inside the car. This system must be fitted to enable access to the BMW Online portal and apps using the Control Display and iDrive Controller. The Real Time Traffic Information function is also on hand, supplying the driver with congestion warnings and diversion recommendations in real time. Apple iPhone owners can use BMW apps, for example, to receive web radio stations, display Facebook and Twitter posts on the monitor and ask for them to be read out. The range of BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new BMW Z4 also includes BMW TeleServices, BMW Remote Services, Concierge Services and Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic vehicle location and accident severity detection.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

MINI expands its international production network: Local production begins at the Chennai plant in India

In response to increasing worldwide demand for premium cars from the British MINI brand, the BMW Group is extending its international production network by additional local production plants for select MINI models. This adds another chapter to the global success story of MINI. For the first time since the relaunch of the brand in 2001, preparations are under way for the local production of MINI cars for several growth markets outside Europe. As a result, cars from the British premium brand will be rolling off assembly lines beyond Europe for the first time later this year. Local production for the MINI Countryman is currently being prepared at the BMW plant in Chennai (formerly Madras), which meets the same stringent quality standards applied to all production of BMW Group models.

The new MINI assembly facility has been brought on stream just a year after the start of MINI sales in India and will help to meet the steadily increasing demand for MINI cars in the Indian market.

The first models to be locally produced  in Chennai will be the MINI Cooper D Countryman and the MINI One Countryman.

Over recent times India has become an increasingly significant market for the BMW Group, which has operated its own sales company on the subcontinent since 2007. At the start of 2012, MINI opened its first five showrooms for cars from the British brand in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, making India the 100th market in the global MINI sales network. A total of 302 cars were sold here in between March and December 2012.

The BMW Group’s decision – in line with its “production follows the market” strategy – to carry out local production of the MINI Countryman in India responds to the burgeoning interest within the country in innovative and high-quality vehicle concepts. MINI is the first premium manufacturer to be represented in the locally ultra-important small car segment, and is expecting the Indian car market as a whole to experience high growth rates over the medium and long term.

BMW’s Chennai production plant was built in March 2007 and has since taken on production of the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series as well as the BMW X1 and BMW X3 models. The facility, which has a production area covering around 13,000 square metres (approx. 140,000 sq. ft.), is located in the Mahindra World City business zone in the southwest of India, roughly 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Chennai. State-of-the-art machine technology, highly skilled employees and advanced manufacturing processes provide all the necessary ingredients for the production of premium cars to the highest quality standards.

Expansion of the international production network.
The ramping up of international production capacity is primarily aimed at providing a rapid and flexible supply line to the increasing number of customers in emerging markets. MINI delivered a record 301, 526 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2012, with markets on the American and Asian continents making a particularly strong contribution to this 5.8 per cent increase in sales over the previous year. The MINI brand will continue to broaden its global perspective over the coming years, and the strengthening of its international production network is intended to assist in that process.

Five of the seven models in the current MINI line-up are produced in the brand’s native Britain. The MINI plant in Oxford represents the central pillar in the BMW Group’s British production network, which also includes the Hams Hall engine factory in Birmingham and the press shop in Swindon. The MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman, meanwhile, roll off the assembly line at MINI’s production and development partner Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and are also supplied with engines from Hams Hall.

The BMW Group is investing heavily in the expansion and modernization of the three locations that make up the MINI production triangle in Britain. Among the factors behind the move is the planned next stage in the expansion of the MINI model family, which will further bolster the brand’s global success.

Source: BMW Press
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