Tag Archives: Test

2018 Honda Africa Twin DCT review, test ride

When the Africa Twin first arrived in India in 2017 it mostly impressed as a full-sized adventure tourer you could really venture into the wild with – and it did so in a friendly, predictable manner that really sweetened the deal. Now, there is a 2018 version of the Africa Twin and, believe me, it’s gotten even better. What’s new ... Read More »

2018 Audi Q5 petrol India review, test drive

What is it? With petrol-powered cars making a comeback in the luxury segments, Audi announced a renewed focus on petrol cars in India, some time ago. Last year, India got the Q7 with a petrol engine; and now it’s the Q5 that the brand has made available with the petrol engine on offer. The engine in question is the same ... Read More »

2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx review, test ride

We rode the biggest of the Tiger siblings not long ago and discovered that Triumph has stepped up its flagship by a fair extent. But that ride happened in a mildly chilly part of Spain, governed only by a 140kph speed limit on the highway and by how courageous one felt off the road, with an ambulance and refreshments on standby. In ... Read More »

2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 review, test ride

Our brief first experience with the latest R15 V3.0 at the Chennai racetrack revealed that it was more potent than any previous R15. And now, after an agonising three-month wait, Yamaha has finally managed to give us the bike to ride on the streets. Wasting no time, we head out to the three types of roads most future buyers will end up ... Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 review, test drive

Manufacturers are getting rid of older, inefficient engines and replacing them with cleaner, more efficient, smaller-capacity units to meet stringent emission norms. Volkswagen has done just this on the Polo hatchback and replaced the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine with an all-new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit, codenamed EA211. This naturally aspirated 999cc may be smaller but it still makes a similar 76hp. ... Read More »

2018 BMW 6-series GT India review, test drive

There’s always been a huge chasm, in India, between the mid-size luxury sedans – the 5-series, E-class, A6 and XF, and their larger, limousine siblings – the 7-series, S-class, A8, and XJ. This is partially because those larger cars get larger engines, but more so because they’re only sold in India in their stretched, long-wheelbase guises. The result is, if ... Read More »

Opposition unity: Upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh will be the first major test

The attempts by Opposition parties to forge a common front will face its first test in Uttar Pradesh in April, when the election to 10 Rajya Sabha seats will be held. Though the seats will fall vacant only two months from now, there is already a buzz in political circles about whether the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and ... Read More »

2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S review, test ride

When the numbers were first released, they caused quite a stir. With 214hp of peak power, Ducati’s new Panigale V4 instantly became the most powerful production sports bike that money can buy. And with a bit more money, that power could be bumped up to an almost ludicrous 226hp through an optional Akrapovic exhaust and an engine remap. With its ... Read More »

2018 Bajaj Discover 110 review, test ride

To loosely quote – so as to not plagiarise, mainly – an insightful Bajaj Discover owner I learned about during this ride, the Discover genes are all about having fun on Sunday and being armed to tackle a hectic Monday as well. This is a beautifully coalesced thought (and a simplistic one as well) that can, perhaps, only emerge from ... Read More »

2017 Volvo XC40 review, test drive

What is it? A milestone vehicle of sorts for Volvo, as with it, Volvo now has an SUV for every series of car they make. This is an important step as SUVs are all the rage right now. Volvo’s baby SUV is set to arrive here around mid-2018, and when it does, it will square off against three German rivals, ... Read More »