Lamborghini Veneno ~~ akshay
This car is supremely rare and would cost an obscene amount of money — about Rs 50 cr (after duties) if it was still on sale! It actually happens to be one of only four cars in existence. Three cars were immediately accounted for by private buyers while this one belongs to Lamborghini. Now you get just how big a deal this is. Any sane auto maker would have this prized creation hermitically sealed off in a museum somewhere but this is Lamborghini we’re talking about. The masters of insanity. Which is why they thought it would be a great idea to make the car’s dynamic debut on a very cold and dangerously wet race track.
Obviously, I manned up and set out in the track focused 570PS Gallardo LP 570-4 Performante. 30 seconds into the first lap and I’d already scared myself silly. The car was rock hard, pin sharp and had a distinct dislike for standing water. And it wanted to spin up all the time in any of the first three gears. Thank God for four-wheel drive! By the end of the second lap I was getting used to the razor sharp throttle response and twitchy handling in the wet but it was time to jump into the big daddy. The ferocious 700PS Aventador is easily the most powerful car I’ve driven and felt ridiculous in every way, whether it was the sheer size of the thing, the screaming banshee of an engine or the violent gearshifts. Two laps later I awkwardly got out through the scissor door feeling more alive than ever, but even more excited about what was to come next.
The 750PS Aventador based V12 screams its way to the 8000-odd rpm red line and sounds even louder than the race Gallardos. Blood curling would be an apt description. And then there’s the mid corner grip. The Veneno doesn’t just look like a race car with lights; it is one. Sanna wasn’t letting off in the corners, splashing through puddles to find apexes and controlling a slithering monster on exits.
Regardless, with the relatively large design comes a large touchscreen, for a watch. The screen itself measures 1.63 inches diagonally, and is home to a 320×320 SuperAMOLED panel. There’s a single button on the right edge, which functions as a home button and the watch can be charged through pogo pins on the underside. (There’s a special charging housing for the Gear that doubles as a sort of display stand.)
That’s right, this is a watch with a camera — a 1.9-megapixel unit, to be precise, loaded onto the front of the strap. It sounds impractical, but we found it relatively easy to able to get into the camera app with a quick swipe-down and then tap the screen to take a picture. Image quality is likely to be roughly comparable with the kind of front-facing camera you’d find on a smartphone. 720p video recording is supported too, and there’s also a miniature gallery app to let you view your photos directly on the watch. (Pictures, incidentally, are synced between watch and phone.)
The Chennai-based bike-maker will soon launch a second generation Thunderbird 500 to replace the predecessor which has been hauling RE-lovers across borders and to some of the highest passes in the world. In its second generation, the new Thunderbird 500 will be powered by the same air-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke Twin Spark motor that has been serving the Classic 500 and 350 models.
The new Thunderbird too will be available in two variants – the 500 and the 350. Part sharing seems to be the new mantra across all bike-makers as it allows for a varied product range from lesser resources – more from less. Pricing wise expect the new Thunderbird to be dearer than its earlier model thanks to all the fancy bits of technology and features that it packs in like projector headlight, fuel injection, gas-charged suspension, rear disc brake, digital LCD console and lot more goodies.
Though we really hope RE prices it competitively to offer a good value to the end users considering there aren’t enough affordable cruiser motorcycles in the country today. Equipment levels on the new Thunderbird are top-notch and on paper it sound s like a worthy upgrade to the iconic first generation Thunderbird – couple that to the 20 litres of fuel tank capacity and the new Thunderbird can cover good distances on a single tank full. Launching this Thursday, the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 will hopefully give a boost to the rather diminutive cruiser motorcycle segment in India.
Car Pick: 2013 Audi A7 Prestige ($75,920)
No two-seat Porsche Boxster S for me. My boyfriend and our best moviegoing upstate gays
require my chauffeuring skills every weekend—as does the local dump. And while I’d prefer a wagon, BMW’s new hatchback 3-er hasn’t yet hatched. But this mesomorphic five-door—Those ravaging eyes! Those swimmer’s thighs!—will do nicely, with class-trumping cargo room, surrounded by pure class. Combine this with all-wheel drive, a powerfully efficient engine, and the world’s most usable infotainment interface, and you have one vehicle that melds, and supersedes, the strengths of both my current rides. I’d slather mine in brown on brown—so darkly chocolate you can taste the bitterness.
Rolls Royce has gone ahead and ahead and launched ther all new Series 2 Phantom in the country today.
Rs 4.50 crore for the regular version
Rs 5.10 crore for the LWB version
Prices ex-showroom Mumbai
The car is powered by a 6 and 3/4l engine churning out 453 bhp