The Volkswagen offers new 1.0-litre petrol engine for Ameo which replaces the 1.2-litre petrol engine used in almost all its model. The Volkswagen Polo was the first to get the 1.0-litre petrol and later company announced that every one of its models which utilize the 1.2-liter petrol engine will move to the new 1.0-litre engine. The Volkswagen Ameo which comes under the sub-4m compact sedan segment continues to be available on the same price of the 1.2-litre engine, which begins at Rs. 5.50 lakh and go up to Rs 7.35 lakh based on Delhi ex-showroom.
The Ameo powered by 1.0-litre 3 cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum power of 76 bhp at 6200rpm and a peak torque of 95 Nm at 3000-4300rpm. The older 1.2-litre engine made 75hp at 5400rpm but a stronger 110Nm torque at 3750rpm. The new engine continues to get a 5-speed manual transmission unit. As of now, the company has not announced automatic transmission unit. To the extent the diesel variations are concerned, they will proceed with the 1.5-liter engine. The Ameo keeps on getting double airbags and ABS as standard over all variants. It also gets a touchscreen multimedia system along with cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, anti-pinch power windows and cornering lamps.
The Ameo will face competition from Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tiger and new generation Honda Amaze. The Volkswagen Ameo continues to be available in the same variant as available before. The Ameo with the new 1.0-litre engine is expected to be available in the dealerships as soon as the old stock with 1.2-litre engine are sold out.
Kawasaki has launched the much-anticipated middleweight motorcycle, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 in India. The Ninja 400 has been based on an all-new frame and gets a cutting-edge styling taken from the Kawasaki’s leader Ninja H2. It gets a new engine, new frame, new bodywork and significantly more. The Ninja 400 is outfitted with the same analogue-digital instrument cluster as in the Ninja 650. It gets twin LED headlights and LED taillight which remembers the sharp rear end of the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R. Wheelbase is shorter than the Ninja 300 by 35mm but the new swingarm is longer by 10mm.
New, lighter wheels help in dynamics as well by reducing unsprung mass. The front suspension gets a beefier 41mm telescopic fork setup while the rear has a linked gas charged mono shock setup. Chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl taken from the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R. The cover for the radiator fan directs the engine heat away from the rider, by this the city rides can be easily done. The engine sits inside the trellis frame which is also taken from Ninja H2. The Ninja 400 is powered by an all-new 399cc parallel-twin motor which produces 49PS at 10,000rpm and a peak torque of 38Nm at 8,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The liquid cooled engine offers 10PS and 11Nm more performance than the Ninja 300 and furthermore on its key rivals Yamaha YZF-R3 by 7PS and the KTM RC 390 by 5.5PS.
The Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, Yutaka Yamashita, in the event of introducing Ninja 400 said “Ninja 300 is mainly made for beginners and Ninja 650 is popular among experienced riders. However, Ninja 400 fits the bill for those who are willing to buy a sports bike between 300 and 650cc”. Based on the Delhi ex-showroom, The Ninja 400 priced at Rs 4.69 lakh. It sounds costly considering that for Rs 30,000 additional you get the bigger and all the more capable Kawasaki Z650 which is available at Rs 4.99 lakh. The Ninja 400 will be available in green shading which is a KRT version and will be produced in limited numbers. Its nearest and most costly rival is the Benelli 302R which is priced at Rs 3.69 lakh, also the Yamaha R3 which is priced at Rs 3.48 lakh and the KTM RC 390 priced at Rs 2.36 lakh.
The German automobile manufacturer Audi will be launching the all-new Audi RS 5 coupe in India on April 11. It is the fourth and most expensive member of the A5 family which feature Audi Sport’s aggressive new design language for the first time. The second generation RS 5 is based on a new platform features new bumpers, a more outstanding ‘single frame’ grille, ‘quattro blisters’ that highlight the beefier wheel arches, 19-inch wheels, Matrix LED headlights and added air intakes.
In addition, while the optional carbon-fiber roof is equipped, the new RS 5 is 60 kg less than its forerunner. The interior of RS 5 is featured with sport seating with RS embossed into the honeycomb-pattern leather, a bespoke flat-bottomed steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, carbon fiber trim, simulated suede door panel inserts, and stainless steel pedal covers. The new RS 5 foregoes the 4.2-liter V8 engine which was used in previous models. The RS 5 gets 2.9-liter, turbocharged V6 engine which produces 450PS of power and 600Nm of torque.
The V6 engine gives the same power delivery of V8 engine and is paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission. The RS 5 gets Audi’s well known quattro all-wheel drive system which push the power to all four wheels with a self-locking center differential and a sport rear differential. Audi claims the new RS5 Coupe will complete 0-100kph in only 3.9 seconds which is half a second faster than the car it replaces and equalling the first R8 V10’s chance. Top speed is constrained to 250kph however ticking the ‘dynamic pack’ alternative will give it a chance to keep running up to 280kph. In India, Audi RS 5 will most likely come via the CBU route and expected to get at price of Rs 1.2 crore. The RS 5 face competition from BMW M4.