Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Hyundai Sonata

Have a look at the new Sonata 
 We’ve always found Hyundais a bit quirky to look at, but the new Sonata breaks the “Toothy Korean” rule. It looks modern, sophisticated and even though the chrome will blind you, the Sonata is a good looker. It’s American-sized as well, so it looks massive and has loads of street presence too.

Don’t be fooled by the GDI badge on the boot – there’s only a petrol motor on offer as of now. You get a choice of automatic and manual 6-speeders. We drove the petrol with the manual tranny. The 2.4-litre four-cylinder makes 198bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s a fairly refined motor but feels strained when pushed. The mid-range is good and performance is quite decent. However, you can’t help but notice the disparity between the power on paper and on the road. We’re not saying the Sonata’s slow. But with close to 200bhp on tap, we expected a little more shove. Zero-100kph takes 9.73 secs and top speed is on the good side of 200kph, but it needs its space to get there. Fuel efficiency is decent at 8.2kpl and 10.3kpl for the city and highway cycles.
The Sonata is a mixed bag in the dynamics department. The massive wheelbase gives it great straight-line stability and bumps are taken care of without much trouble. But the rear is a bit too soft for our liking, giving the Sonata a pitching tendency. Through corners, you know you’re driving a big car and you can’t throw it around. The steering, however, feels better than the older car’s – it’s still vague especially off-centre and could be sharper, but this is definitely a good improvement. Not a driver’s delight just yet, but not bad for its size.

It’s on the interiors where the Sonata scores. There’s lots of equipment to play with and quality levels are on par with the competition. The cabin feels far more modern and sophisticated. It still has some way to go to get to Skoda Superb levels, but you won’t come out of the Sonata complaining too much. The ventilated rear seats are comfy with ample legroom even if you’re The Big Fat Indian.

Priced at Rs 21.67 lakh (on-road, Mumbai), the Sonata is decent value too, but it needs to undercut the Skoda Superb by a bigger margin to really fly off the shelves. It’s a great car, if you’re going to be mostly chauffeur driven. Sure, it may not have the snobby badge on the hood, but the Sonata is just as capable and one of the best Hyundais yet. We wish it was in diesel too.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Mclaren 12C spider

The stunning Mclaren MP4 12C spider announced to launched 
McLaren Automotive on 3 jul 2012 announced the launch of its second model in the MP4-12C family: the stunning new 12C Spider.  With a lightweight, high powered engine developing an incredible 625 PS (616 bhp), unique RHT folding roof system that may be operated while on the move, and carbon ‘MonoCell’ chassis identical to that of the groundbreaking 12C, the 12C Spider is a luxury convertible sports car that offers prospective owners a unique combination of spectacular performance with remarkable usability.
The new 12C Spider is now available to order from bespoke new McLaren retailers across the globe. First deliveries to customers are planned for November this year.
Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive Managing Director said: “I am really excited to announce that the new 12C Spider is now available to order at new McLaren retailers worldwide. The launch of our second model is an exciting milestone in the growth of our company.
“While the 12C is the technological essence of a race car, the 12C Spider incorporates an additional dimension. 12C Spider owners will love the opportunity to lower the roof and hear the unhindered howl of a V8 twin turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.
“The 12C Spider delivers all the thrills characteristic of a high performance roadster, and yet transforms into a raucous track beast at the flick of a switch. I can’t wait to see it on road and track with customers later this year.”
Best-in-class performance
The 12C Spider’s impressive 625 PS output from its bespoke 3.8-litre V8 twin turbo engine is transmitted to the car’s rear driven wheels through a 7 Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission, which itself provides lightning-fast gear changes through rocker-mounted shift paddles affixed to the rear of the steering wheel.  A clear view of the 12C Spider’s lightweight M838T power plant is available through a glass screen positioned behind the tonneau cover.

Vehicle dynamics technology including Brake Steer, ProActive Chassis Control and the unique McLaren Airbrake combine to offer sublime comfort in all driving conditions; and yet deliver race car performance and handling on track.  An overview of 12C Spider performance is below:
It tuches 0 - 100 Kph  just in 3.1 sec and 0 -161 Kph in 6.1 sec . The fuel efficiency, EU MPG       (liter/100Km) is 24.2 (11.7) and 279g/Km CO2 rate.
It shared Formula 1 technology DNA in 12C and 12C spider means performance is similarly impressive for both derivatives.
Mclaren 12C spider configurator launched online at : And it is now available to order through 38 Mclaren retailers in 22 countries worldwide.

The McLaren 12C Spider is now available to order at all of McLaren’s 38 retailers in 22 countries worldwide, with deliveries to first customers planned for November 2012 Ends.
Technical specification highlights
McLaren is a carbon pioneer. In 1981 McLaren gave a debut to a carbon fibre monocoque chassis in Formula 1 with the launch of the MP4/1 race car, and in 1992 the legendary McLaren F1 introduced the advanced composite technology to the world of road cars.  It was natural then for McLaren Automotive engineers to apply its carbon expertise when developing the groundbreaking one-piece moulded chassis of the 12C. With the 12C designed originally as a convertible, its 75kg ‘MonoCell’ requires no additional strengthening for it to feature in the 12C Spider. The result is a sports car almost identical to its fixed roof equivalent in performance terms, and weighing only 40kg more with the addition of a convertible roof system.