Sunday, February 15, 2015

Audi Prologue Avant puts new styling focus on wagons

As much as we loved the Audi Prologue Concept that debuted late last year at the LA Auto Show – and, suffice it to say, we liked the first Prologue a lot – this new Prologue Avant from the German automaker may just rock our socks that much further off our feet.

We have very little by way of actual, concrete details on what's under the angular wagon-shaped skin of the Prologue Avant, but we'd be perfectly content if it kept the previous two-door's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in place underhood, augmented as it was when it was again shown at CES last month with a hybrid-assist system that put total system horsepower at 677, along with a meaty 701 pound-feet of torque. With all that power routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds strikes us as plenty quick.

The powertrain details hardly seem the point of this new concept from Audi, in any case. Clearly, the big deal is the new bodywork, which builds upon the beautiful foundation of the original Prologue coupe with an elongated wagon shell and three additional doors (two rear doors and a rear hatch). The attractive body sits low to the ground on exaggerated 22-inch wheels, according to Auto Express. We note high-tech lighting elements front and rear and a modified front fascia with a bit more brightwork than the previous version.

Assuming there's a bit of future reality baked into the Prologue Avant – which we believe is likely, considering that the coupe we salivated over in LA was said to point the way forward for the brand – it's safe to say we're in eager anticipation of the next several years at Audi. Have a good look at the images that have so far been released, and feel free to let us know what you think. We're sure Audi is interested in hearing your opinions, too.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

KTM Duke 200 review

Overview of KTM 200 Duke

KTM and Bajaj have launched their first bike ‘200 Duke’ in India at24th January, 2012. It will also be launched in Malaysia and Brazil very soon. Bajaj-KTM has priced 200 Duke very competitively at Rs. 1,17,500 (Ex-showroom New Delhi). The bike looks sporty, feels sporty, and don’t go by the 200cc engine, because this monster generate 25 Bhp of maximum power and around 19.2 Nm of maximum torque, which is much higher than the normal 200cc commuter bikes available in India, which deliver 15 to 18 Bhp of maximum power. It is also expected that Bajaj-KTM will also launch a 250cc or 300cc version of Duke in near future. This bike will be sold at the 34 Bajaj Pro-biking showrooms which were converted into exclusive KTM showroom recently. Bajaj will continue selling Kawasaki Ninjas alongside the Duke range but the Pulsar and other Bajaj bikes will not be available at these showrooms, they will be now available at all the authorised Bajaj outlets.
KTM Duke 200

Fast Facts about KTM 200 Duke

- Priced very competitively at Rs. 1,17,500 (Ex-showroom New Delhi)
- The booking amount for the KTM 200 Duke is Rs. 30,000 (now Rs. 20,000)
- Available through 34 Bajaj's pro-biking showrooms (now KTM’s exclusive showrooms)
- Powered by a 199.5cc petrol engine
- Maximum power is 25 bhp at 10000 rpm
- Maximum torque is around 19.2 nm at 8000 rpm
- Best-in-class power to weight ratio of 184 PS/ton
- Available in attractive orange shade with sporty graphics/decals
- Is first even naked/street bike in India in this segment

Design & Styling of KTM 200 Duke

KTM 200 Duke is an extraordinary bike which not only offers glamorous looks but it will also be a style icon on Indian roads. The looks of this bike are enhanced by cutting edge design feature. Robust and macho looks of this bike is very attractive. 200 Duke is specially made for tough individuals who carries macho attitude in them. Eye-catchy graphic and aerodynamic body if 200 Duke is very impressive and also very comfortable.

Front side of 200 Duke houses stylish head lamp placed marvellously in the front cowl which offer clear visibility during tricky conditions. Handle bar of 200 Duke is very stylish and comfortable to drive; this bike is also offered with stylish bumpy fuel tank which enhances the overall looks. Rear section of KTM 200 Duke is also very impressive which comprises of LED tail light which is well merged with turn indicators. KTM 200 Duke features huge alloy wheels which further enhances the looks of the bike and also offer great level of comfort to the rider.

200 Duke: Lightness rediscovered. Maximum riding fun, powerful propulsion and optimum user value thanks to thoroughbred motorcycle technology. Featherweight chassis with high-quality components and first-class brakes. And dynamic cornering fun guaranteed with the surprisingly full-bodied and lively power of the cultivated, new four-stroke single-cylinder with injection, six-speed transmission and low fuel consumption. Precisely what you'd expect from a genuine KTM.

Instrument Cluster of KTM 200 Duke

- All-digital intrument cluster

KTM 200 Duke features stylish and attractive all-digital instrument cluster which comprises of fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, turn indicators, trip meter etc. But like the Yamaha FZ range it gives feel of a toy bike, KTM should have designed analogue-digital combo with analogue tachometer.

Main Features of KTM 200 Duke

- Sharp front styling, High Performance Braking system
- Quick acceleration with large gear ration
- Quick throttle response with highly aspirated 199.5cc engine with dual exhaust mufflers
- High Suspension travel, Light Weight body structure
- Rigid body design to deal with high speeds and stresses
- Sporty shades and graphics

Technical highlights of KTM 200 Duke

- Best-in-class power to weight ratio of 184 PS/ton (Yamaha R15 - 130 and Honda CBR250R - 155)
- Maximum Power of 25 Bhp at 10000 rpm
- Maximum Torque of 19.2 Nm at 8000 rpm
- Engine Displacement of 199.5cc
- Front and Rear Disk Brakes
- Large ventilated brake disk at front with dual cylinder callipers
- Diamond shaped steel frame for rigid and strong structure
- Mono-shock suspension at rear
- Large-travel Telescopic suspension at the front
- Alloy wheels
- Sporty Graphics and body work
- Dual Muffler Exhaust
- High gear ratios for quick acceleration
- 6 Speed Manual Transmission
- Digital Ignition

Price & Booking of KTM 200 Duke

- KTM 200 Duke – Rs. 1,17,500 (Ex-showroom New Delhi)
- The booking amount for the KTM 200 Duke is Rs. 30,000 (now Rs. 20,000)
- Booking will be on a first come first serve basis

Bajaj-KTM has priced the 200 Duke very competitively at Rs. 1,17,500 (Ex-showroom New Delhi). At this price it will be a sure shot hit because 200 Duke is awesome in terms of looks and styling and is also very powerful 200cc bike. Yamaha R15 is a 150cc bike but is priced around Rs. 1.2 lakhs and selling very well because it is technically very sound, same is with KTM 200 Duke which features a liquid cooled 200cc engine which generates maximum power of 25 Bhp and also comes with front and rear disc brakes. The booking amount for the KTM 200 Duke is Rs. 30,000 (now Rs. 20,000).

Shades Available in KTM 200 Duke

- Black/Orange

KTM 200 Duke is available in Black+Orange combination. It is expected that it will also be available in White+Orange and Black+Green in near future

More About KTM

- KTM is Europe’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer and dominates the off-road segment across the world
- KTM debuts in India with its premium streetbike brand: the Duke
- The first offering from the KTM stable in India, the 200 Duke would be retailed through 34 dedicated KTM stores in India along with KTM’s famous range of Accessories and Merchandise called KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


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