14 December, 2012

Men In Blue And Their On-going Love Affair With Luxury Cars

Men in Blue, also known as the Indian Cricket Team, are known more for their off-the-field flamboyance than their on-field antics. But, while they may love their bat or ball as the case maybe, they also love their women and cars. Can you guess some of the names of these sportsmen?


Porsche Boxter

While these men in blue regale and entertain us on the field with their cricketing antics, they also manage to hog the limelight with their on-road antics, their flashy rides. A sign of success, these cricketers are sure having a helluva ride! Let’s join them and get to know them a little better through their bevy of beautiful beamers.

Nissan GT-R 350

Sachin Tendulkar – The master blaster, God of Cricket, there are many epithets that can describe him. But, Sachin doesn’t just love cricket, he loves cars too. Proud owners of some of the more glamorous rides, today he owns around 40 cars including current BMW 7 Series sedan, Porsche Boxter (a 252.1BHP sports car), a Mercedes-Benz C36, the awesome Nissan GT-R 350 that can churn out 480BHP of power, as well as BMW M5, BMW X5, Volvo S80 and his Saharjah Cup price, a black Opel Astra.

Hummer H2
MS Dhoni – Everyone knows Mahi loves milk, cricket, and cars & bikes...well maybe not in that order. And as his star on the Indian cricket scene rises, so does his penchant for buying cars. With a large collection of cars, Dhoni owns some amazing cars including a Toyota Corolla, a Mitsubishi Pajero, and a customized, open-topped Mahindra Scorpio. But the one that takes the cake is the Hummer H2, which came at a cost of Rs 1Cr. This gargantuan machine is 17ft in length and 7ft in width and has a 6, 200cc engine!

BMW X5

Yuvraj Singh - Not one to be left behind, Yuvraj Singh, the flashy left-hander also loves cars. In keeping with his macho persona, Yuvi has several prime samples of German engineering including the ICC World Cup 2007 price, a Porsche 911, an Audi Q5, a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW M5, & a BMW M3.

Hummer H3
Harbhajan Singh - The ‘Turbinator’ has a love for flashy and premium SUVs. The only other person after Mahi to own a Hummer, Bhajji has a Hummer H3 that is powered by a 3.7-litre diesel engine. He also has a Ford Endeavour.

BMW 7 Series

Sourav Ganguly - One of the most successful Indian captains, Dada is into cars in a big way. His garage is full of cars ranging from Rs 40L to Rs 1.2Cr. With a fleet of 36 cars including 20 Mercedes-Benz, 4 BMWs, including a BMW 730Ld that was shipped directly from BMW’s HQ in Munich in 2009. But despite his flashy and sizable garage, Dada drives around in his Opel Astra in Kolkatta, his hometown.

12 December, 2012

2013 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) – A Sports Car I Can Definitely Kill For!!

 

The mere mention of the Chevrolet Corvette is enough to make even those who don't care much about cars, go weak in the knees! The true epitome of a luxury sports car, the Chevy Corvette has managed to ensure it rings in the Ohs and the Ahs, over the years, without losing steam.


The latest Chevrolet Corvette was introduced in 2005, and was called the Corvette C5. While very little is known about the new Vette C7, whatever I know about it, I share with you now.

Change…the keyword in the world of cars. It’s all about perception. With most of the previous Chevy Corvettes the looks remained almost the same. But all that is going to change with the C7 or so it may seem.


With a slimmed-down rear, and better styling, there is much hype regarding the C7 debut. Also, the luxury sports car will get an interior makeover. And that is especially important since the Chevy Vette C6 had pretty subpar interior. With better materials, and seats that are as comfy and plush as those of its competitors like BMWs and Porsches, the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be a good looking, mean-looking, sexy-looking car that will have the ability to make men and women both, swoon, drool, and yes, go weak in the knees!!


Engine has also gone through some tweaks and pricing, at this time, pricing is conjecture at this time. But it’s expected that the base Chevy Corvette C7 coupe may start at around $52,000, and go up to approx. $115,000 for the top ZR1.

When does the Corvette hit the dealerships? Expect it anytime soon.

07 December, 2012

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - The Fastest, Most Powerful Mustang Ever!!

Chevy Camaro ZL1, lo and behold, the Snake is here! It's the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500!
The new Mustang is, out and out, a muscle car that has beaten all competitors black and blue and in an almost one-sided competition, shown why it is one of the most sought after muscle cars in America.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500, the most powerful Mustang ever is also the most powerful production V8 car in the world, with 650HP  power and 600 pounds of torque. That's insane!!

This new, Ford muscle stunner has a 5.8 litre heart, a V8 aluminum block, and a far more efficient supercharger. Almost the whole powertrain has been redesigned for the 2013 Shelby GT500 and now include a new cross-drilled block & heads, camshafts, a carbon-fiber driveshaft, new clutch, transmission as well as axle. The Mustang also gets a new cooling system, and a new six-speed manual transmission with a drive ratio of 3.31:1, optimized to handle the huge torque generated by the super cool V8 engine.

The new Ford Mustang looks pretty much the same as the current Shelby, though Ford has made some small aerodynamic changes like air splitters, and a slightly different rear end. Cabin is comfy, refined, and gets Recaro front buckets.


2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be up for display at the LA Auto Show and if you love Ford Mustangs, and muscle sports cars in general, this one's gonna make you drool. So until you can get up close and personal with the GT500, make do with its images here!!

Hennessey Venom GT2 - The All American Muscle Car With 1,500+ HP



Hennessey, the Texan car tuner is known for its bulky, muscle cars. And when John Hennessey himself suggested that you mate a twin-turbo Chevy LS V8 engine in that of a Lotus Elise, you are bound to know the outcome will be crazy! That's what has happened with the new Hennessey Venom GT2, an already-bonkers, sports car that is set to make its debut in late 2013.


Unthinkably powerful, more than the Venom GT's 1,200HP, the Venom GT2 gets a twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre V8 engine driving it nuts at an unstoppable 1,500HP! That's 1HP/Kg of raw power (which also puts it in the race car category)...and all of it is delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. There is option of a 7-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission as well.


While, the new Venom's performance figures have yet to be released by the tuner, it's an easy guess that the Venom GT2 will out-perform the Venom GT's figures of 0-100kmph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 420kmph. Unbelievable!!

Considering these numbers, it's not wrong to say that the Hennessey Venom GT2 will walk all over the likes of Bugatti Veyron and other superfast cars! This "Veyron-killer" is irresistible! But, that being said, Bugatti is already considering the release of a new model that will have 1600HP power!


While 10 Hennessey Venom GTs have already been sold, it's clear that there are buyers who are willing to spend more a $1M to buy these luxury super fast sports cars. So if you fancy a 2013 Hennessey Venom GT2, just be ready to shell out $1.25M only!