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19 Feb 2018

Category: Cars & Bikes

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The screen’s the dream for Byton’s future-freindly SUV 

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Tom Morgan

Normally you should take concept cars with a liberal pinch of salt, but if anyone can deliver on crazy promises, it’s Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld. Not only does he have the best name for a car designer, he’s also the man behind the BMW i8. Byton’s concept SUV might not look quite as radical from the outside, but take a look inside and you’ll spot an Android tablet built into the steering wheel – which can stream video when the car is in autonomous mode. The entire dashboard is one big screen, beaming live feeds from side cameras – which are so much cooler than traditional wing mirrors. A 250 mile electric range for the real wheel drive, 71kWh version and 523 km for the AWD, 95kWh model sound pretty realistic, so here’s hoping the interior makes the jump from concept to reality. It will be launching in China next year for ¥300,000 (about US$45,000), and could come to the rest of the world in 2020.

The Concept's crazy dashboard is bigger than your living room TV

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McLaren's Senna is like an F1 car for the road

Lambo's big and tall Urus is a supercar-baiting SUV
Toyota's FT-AC is the Indiana Jones of rugged off-roaders

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Maserati 2018 Quattroporte GTS roars into India 

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Yatish Suvarna

When someone whispers the word Maserati in our ears, it is good enough for a prolonged session of goosebumps. Walk back and whisper Quattroporte GTS and you’ll find us drooling like a Labrador Retriever would, as it locks its eyes on a Duck. The flagship Quattroporte GTS drops on to Indian shores with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and can touch nope to 100 km/h in a blistering 4.7 seconds. It will eventually hit a top speed of 310 km/h. Which should be adequate, unless you are an ex- American X-15 pilot. You can buy the Maserati 2018 Quattroporte GTS for 2.7 Cr (Ex-showroom Delhi), oh and customizations are available too.

Our collective jaws are on the floor now!

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McLaren’s Senna is like an F1 car for the road 

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Tom Morgan

If you're gonna name a car after the best driver ever to sit inside one of your Formula One cars, it had better live up to the hype. On looks alone, you'd think the McLaren Senna has that in the bag: it's a track-focused monster that's overflowing with aerodynamic tweaks, from the colossal spoiler at the back and huge splitter at the front to the angry air inlets that scythe through the carbon fibre chassis. It weighs next to nothing (for a hypercar, anyway) and with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine driving the wheels, you can expect a power-to-weight ratio of 660bhp per ton. That's enough grunt to restart a small sun. No word on frivolities such as top speed or 0-60mph times just yet, but expect them to be equally ludicrous once McLaren announces them early next year. You'd need £750,000 (₹6,45,52,875 approximately) to spend and a spot in your garage – preferably one with tall ceilings, to make room for the scissor doors – to nab one, but if you haven't got a deposit in already, you're too late: all 500 hand-built cars have already been sold ahead of a summer 2018 delivery date.

The most incredible street-legal McLaren yet

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Lambo’s big and tall Urus is a supercar-baiting SUV 

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Tom Morgan

The Urus is everyting Lamborghini's flamboyant supercars, the Huaracan and Aventador, aren't: a four door, four-seat high rider with room for the whole family, windows you can actually see out of, and enough ground clearance to navigate speed bumps without chipping off huge chunks of paint. There's even a boot that'll hold more than a single bag of shopping. Don't think it's any less of a Lambo, though: under the hood is a 4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that chucks out 650 horsepower. That's enough to propel the hefty 2200kg beast to 99kmph in a neck-snapping 3.6 seconds, or all the way to a 305kmph top speed. Inside you get the usual mad Lamborghini design flourishes, like the fighter jet-style ignition switch, hexagonal cup holders and more LCD screens than you'll know what to do with.

A super-SUV that really can do it all?

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Toyota's FT-AC is the Indiana Jones of rugged off-roaders

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Forget soft-roaders, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is the quintessential SUV 

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Ali Akbar Merchant

Modern marketing has ruined the perception of the tough-as-nails off roaders of old. All we see are jolly soft-roaders navigating trails that my gran could pass through in her wheelchair while blindfolded. With that said, one manufacturer takes off-roading very seriously and has stuck to its guns, making some of the best SUVs, some of those capable of putting a tank to shame. Jeep’s off-roading prowess is legendary, and the new Wrangler is the best at what it does, i.e, taking on the most unforgiving terrain on this otherwise pleasant planet. What makes the new Wrangler so great is the best-in-class approach angle of 44 degrees, up to 30 inches of water fording, a 3500-lb towing capacity, with near-infinite engine and body options. Dual-personality seems to be the theme with the Wrangler, promising a car that is docile enough to be your daily commuter, but baring its teeth when you show it some mountain trail. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler should be available in showrooms from January.

Might as well be a tank

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Toyota’s FT-AC is the Indiana Jones of rugged off-roaders 

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Tom Morgan

It’s no good conquering mountains or crossing vast deserts if you can’t snap a selfie or two while you’re at it – but with Toyota’s concept SUV you can leave the camera at home. The FT-AC has a load of ‘em, built into the bumper and door panels, and they can record in infra-red so your night-time exploring doesn’t have to go unrecorded. Better yet, they pop off so you can hook them up to a mountain bike – and the foglights do a similar trick. A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will upload your footage once you’re done, and you can edit clips in the cloud using your phone – or live-stream them right away. Behind all the tech, the FT-AC looks like a capable machine, with a beefy body-on-frame mated to chunky tyres and a forgiving off-road suspension. No word on what parts of this concept will make it to production, or when, but any budding Bear Grylls should keep a close eye on Toyota’s R&D department.

Concept car comes packed with camera gear for recording those epic adventures

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The i8 Roadster chops the top off BMW's hybrid hero

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Lamborghini’s latest goes topless and we can’t look away 

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Ali Akbar Merchant

Just look at it. No, no, you’re still reading. Stop reading and just look at it for a while. There, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk a bit about what we are looking at. This my fellow admirers, is the Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster. And doing justice to the way it looks are its specs which are frankly stratospheric. You won’t see any of that turbocharged nonsense here, this has a thoroughbred, naturally-aspirated V12 churning 740hp of power, an eye-watering (literally) top speed of 350kmph, and neck-cracking acceleration of 0-100kmph in 3 seconds. The biggest number of them all however is the price. ₹5.79 crore, if you are interested. Absolutely worth it though, since it looks like it’s going at warp speed when it’s just resting in your garage and makes others look like they are standing still when it hits the road. Forget the iPhone X, this is what we would sell our kidneys for, and half a liver, hey, what else can we survive without?

You might want to wipe the drool off your chin now

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The John Cooper Works Pro Edition Mini works its way to a better 0-100 time 

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Ali Akbar Merchant

What does it take to make an iconic and legendary car like the Mini Cooper better than it already is? Some might say that it can’t be done, but the John Cooper Works Pro Edition proves them wrong with a shot of adrenaline and a whole lot of elbow grease. A more purposeful look sets the JCW Pro Edition apart from the rest of the Mini’s with its blazing red roof and mirror caps, combined with matt black racing strips on the bonnet. The interior walks the line between luxury and racing pedigree with an air of quality workmanship in every detail. It would give Star Trek’s Enterprise a run for it’s money when it comes to tech as well. With multiple driving modes, a cutting-edge safety package, steptronic transmission and a small but powerful turbocharged engine, helps keep you on the tarmac while you floor the throttle. With 210hp, a 0-100kmph time of 6.5 seconds, you won’t be left wanting more. Better book one before the 20 units get sold out, only on Amazon India, if you have ₹43,90,000 to spare of course.

An Amazon exclusive for 20 units of exclusivity

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The Polestar 1 is a hybrid car you should get excited about 

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Tom Morgan

It might have more in common with an American muscle car from the outside, but underneath the carbon fibre body, the Polestar 1 is as 21st century as it gets. Twin electric motors and a third petrol engine deliver a whopping 600 horsepower – eat your heart out, Mustang. Volvo's once in-house performance marque is going it alone with this performance coupe, which has some green credentials too. You'll be able to drive it in electric-only mode for almost 160 kilometers, putting it on par with some pure electric city cars. Expect the usual Volvo attention to detail inside, too, with luxurious fixtures and fittings, plus a very competent infotainment system. It'll arrive in 2019, but you won't be putting down a deposit for one: it'll be available on a subscription, with Volvo collecting the car for services throughout the three-year loan. No need to wait in, either – the engineers can unlock and start the car with their smartphones.

Volvo's in-house performance brand goes its own way, with style

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Aston Martin’s Zagato shooting brake might be the ultimate grand tourer 

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Tom Morgan

It's the millionaire's dilemma: you want to drive your fancy supercar down to Monaco for the weekend, but the fire-breathing V12 engine means there's no room for your suitcase. Not so with the Vantage Zagato Shooting Brake, the last of four ultra-limited-edition autos built to comemorate the partnership between Aston Martin and independent coachbuilder Zagato. Only 99 Zagato Coupes, 99 Volantes, 99 Shooting Brakes, and 28 Speedsters will be sold, all with 580bhp V12 engines (naturally aspirated, of course) but only the Shooting Brake has room for more than an overnight bag. The elongated rear has Zagato's signature “double-bubble” roof, and makes room for an extended boot that will happily hold a pair of suitcases. The lucky 99 owners will even get a set of bespoke luggage with their keys, tailored to match the interior trim. Every one has already been sold ahead of a 2018 delivery date, and if you have to ask how much it costs, you probably couldn't have afforded it in the first place.

A super-exclusive supercar with junk in the trunk – or whatever you want to put back there, really

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