As a motoring journalist, I’ve haven’t had much sleep over the past couple of weeks, considering the consistent buzz and updates from sportscar manufacturers and luxury carmakers from India and across the world. With a new $3.2 million hypercar on the block and the revival of the Corvette legacy, the motoring world seems to have temporarily shifted its attention from electrification to extravagance. So whether you’re looking for a new buy or an update on an upcoming model, we’ve listed our favourite new car launches that you should know of.
Italian-Argentinian sportscar maker Pagani has upgraded its latest Huayra Roadster BC into an absolute beast of a machine, equipped with a twin-turbocharged V12. But it also comes with a price tag to match: US$3.5 million and limited to 40 units. Spec-wise, its twin-turbocharged V12 pushes 791 horsepower at 5900 rpm, and 774 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. Pagani has also reworked the body and stabilizing system for improved aerodynamics, which now allows the hypercar to generate 1,102 pounds of downforce when running at 174 mph.
With this model, Mustang wanted to be coveted as a fun-to-drive muscle car rather than just a torque machine. Which is why they also introduced parts and specs from its elder brother, the GT500R, yet dosed it down for the street. Pop the hood and you’ll find a dual-overhead-cam 5.2-liter V-8 that offers 526-hp, but considering borrowing permissions from the GT500, you can bump that up to about 760-hp. While there are tons of new car launches every day, we think the Mustang dynasty is a pure mix of motoring rock n roll and street efficiency, all gift-wrapped in American muscle. They haven’t unveiled its official price yet, but considering its predecessors’ tag, we’d keep about Rs 75 lakh ready for purchase.
Right when things seemed to getting a bit dull in the biking world, Ducati kicks in the new Diavel 1260. Over the last weekend, Ducati launched two adrenaline-surged bikes in India, reviving the sinister spirit of the Diavel. The beating heart of the all-new Diavel 1260 is equipped with a 1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT engine. Churning out 159-hp and 129-Nm of torque, this city-meets-track hybrid isn’t just powerful but smart too. The engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions: Extremely smooth at low revs, assertively sporty at high revs. Priced Rs 17.7 lakh onwards.
We waited nearly two years for Jeep’s hardcore Wrangler since it made a debut at the LA Auto Show in 2017. Its fourth iteration recently made it to Indian shores. Under the hood, the new Wrangler is powered by an optional 3.6-litre V6 guzzler or a 2.0-litre V4 turbo petrol unit that delivers 268-ps of power and 400-Nm of torque. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 4×4 drivetrain configuration, it flexes its off-road DNA. Our favourite on this list, the Jeep Wrangler is priced at Rs 63.94 lakh onwards (ex-showroom Delhi).
It’s no surprise why the Chevy Corvette is the hottest car on the planet right now. They’ve been teasing this heir-to-the-throne car for about two years now, and the motoring world’s been obsessed with it. Underneath the hood, the Stingray is fitted with a 6.2-liter V8 that burns out 495-hp, all naturally aspirated. The C8 was a city car and always will be; keeping up to it, Chevy has added in a jumbo infotainment screen and tons of luxury accents. Unfortunately this icon may never reach Indian streets, but as of now, it fetches about US$60,000 in the US.
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