Sunday, February 24, 2013

“KTM Unveils 350 SX-F In India” plus 3 more Motorbeam

“KTM Unveils 350 SX-F In India” plus 3 more Motorbeam

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KTM Unveils 350 SX-F In India

Posted: 24 Feb 2013 01:47 AM PST

2013 KTM 350 SX-F

KTM has unveiled the 350 SX-F dirt bike in India. The company took the wraps of this bike at the KTM Orange Day in Mumbai earlier today. There are no confirmations if the KTM 350 SX-F will be launched in India and this unveil could just be part of a brand building exercise prior to the launch of the 390 Duke. The 350 SX-F will be kept in a few KTM showrooms. The company will also bring the RC8 superbike to all its KTM dealerships, in order to showcase its potential to prospective customers.

The KTM 350 SX‑F has dominated many races. The Austrian bike manufacturer claims the 350 SX‑F has the performance of a 450cc bike, while offering dynamics of a 250cc machine. The KTM 350 SX‑F has been updated for 2013 and gets a revamped engine, new bodywork and an improved chassis, which is made of central tubular frame and chrome molybdenum steel tubes. A ground clearance of 376 mm ensures the worst of roads can be conquered with ease while the suspension travel is a massive 300 mm and 330 mm at the front and rear respectively.

Powering the KTM 350 SX-F is a 349.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, spark-ignition, 4-stroke engine, which produces 54 BHP of power and is mated to a 5-speed claw shift gearbox. Fuel injector comes from the RC8R superbike while redline comes in at an insane 13,400 RPM. Like all other KTM bikes, the 350 SX-F too gets upside down WP forks at the front and WP monoshock suspension at the rear. Disc brakes are present at the front and rear in 300 mm and 330 mm sizes respectively. A 7.5-litre fuel tank sips on 95 octance premium fuel while this motocross bike weighs just 104.8 kgs (without fuel).

Since KTM has not launched the 350 SX-F in India, the price is unknown. However it is sold for £6645 (Rs. 5.50 lakhs) in the UK. In India, there is little demand for dirt bikes and thus the launch of the KTM 350 SX-F makes little sense. The company could launch a lower capacity version of this bike to target the growing dirt bike segment, which is currently dominated by the Hero Impulse.

KTM 350 SX-F Dirt Bike

KTM 350 SX-F Flying

KTM 350 SX-F India

KTM 350 SX-F Jump

KTM 350 SX-F Mud

KTM 350 SX-F

Scoop – Piaggio To Launch 250cc Bike In 2014

Posted: 24 Feb 2013 01:18 AM PST

2012 Aprillia RS125 racing

Piaggio will be launching a 250cc bike in India in 2014. Our sources inform that the Italian giant is working on an Asia/India specific quarter-litre motorcycle. A 250cc from Piaggio? The speculations can be endless. Piaggio has a weapon in the arsenal called Aprilia. A company which creates highly successful bikes such as the litre class street bike, the Aprilla Tuono and the track focused and award winning Aprilla RSV4. For the 250cc though, it could be a bored up version of the already existing RS4 125 (two 125cc engines joint to make a V-twin). We have already seen the success of this method on the KTM Duke family where the engine of the mighty Duke 200 comes from the Duke 125. Piaggio could tap into the opportunity and get their cash registers ringing.

In the intrest of costs, Piaggio’s 250cc motorcycle could use a single-cylinder engine with 4-valves, fuel-injection and liquid-cooling pumping out 25-30 BHP of power. The chassis will be a perimeter frame which is familiar to Indian biking scene, as it was first seen on the Yamaha YZF-R15 and later on the Honda CBR range and Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. Top of the line suspension bits such as USD forks at the front and a fully adjustable monoshock at the rear are expected. No doubt this chassis is a favorite pick for manufacturers, as enthusiast already knows a bike with perimeter frame can deliver telepathic handling and steering characteristic.

We could also see a RS4 Replica (RS250), a version which is based on the the Iconic RSV4 litre class machine. This motorcycle receives track focused hardware such as bigger brakes and revised aerodynamics and a liter class bike gadget, a quick shifter! Not to forget the RS4 gets a Red/Black (Italian Flag) paint scheme too.

All this varies on how Piaggio prices and positions the bike in this highly price sensitive and growing market. With their arch rivals taking the position already on top of the mountain. Tough times lie ahead for Piaggio or any other manufacturer who comes in this highly competitive segment. If they succeed then, let the good times roll. Rainbow skies are forming, it’s time the ever salivating Indian enthusiast chooses his favorite color.

2012 Aprilia RS125 Speedometer

Aprilia RS125 Racing

Aprilia RS125 India

Scoop – Volkswagen Polos Caught On Test, Hideout Traced!

Posted: 24 Feb 2013 12:46 AM PST

2013 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI

We have had our eyes firmly fixed on Volkswagen Polo test mules since a long time now. We have caught a bunch of Volkswagen Polos on test earlier too. But who expected an early Sunday morning drive to yield another encounter with the German automakers upcoming Polo variants? Although the Polo 1.2 TSI (badged GTi) and Polo 1.6 TDi (badged GTd) are no secrets, but this time around, not only did we catch the test mules, we even traced their hideout!!

It all started when we were having a casual drive on the outskirts of Mumbai, when we saw a bunch of Volkswagen Polo test cars (six of them to be precise) on the opposite side of the road. We quickly took a u-turn and followed them discreetly. One of the cars was puffing smoke and had the badged masked out with tape. All other cars were de-badged completely and there was a missing oval logo on the front grille too (possibly for the GTi or GTd moniker).

2013 Volkswagen Polo GTD2013 Volkswagen Polo TSI

The car we were following the Polo test mules is powered by a 1.6-litre Volkswagen diesel engine, the same motor we expect the Polo 1.6 TDi to use. Thus we were easily able to keep up with the smoking Polo. At one point, all the Polo cars entered a small lane and we waited on the side to see where they are going. A few cars (non Volkswagen) were removed and all the Polos went inside like the Bat Mobile gets inside the Bat Cave. Once the Polos were parked ahead, other cars (non VW) were parked right behind. Mind you, this is an open parking area with no boundaries or gates (but with a roof) and the cars were easily visible from quite a distance.

Volkswagen is expected to launch the Polo 1.2 TSi in June, which will be powered by a turbocharged petrol motor to produce 104 BHP of power and 175 Nm of torque. This engine enables the petrol Polo to reach 100 km/hr from a standstill in just 9.7 seconds. The Polo 1.6 TDi is expected to be launched by September and uses the same unit which does duty on the Vento/Skoda Rapid. The Polo GTd will produce 105 BHP of power and 250 Nm of torque. A new 1.5-litre diesel engine will only debut in the next generation Polo, due next year.

Dear Volkswagen, it’s time for you to search for another safe hideout, which is not so easily traceable. Test mule hideout rule 101 – never park your upcoming/de-badged/camouflaged vehicle in an open space, prying eyes will definitely catch it, sooner or later.

2013 Volkswagen Polo GT Versions

2013 Volkswagen Polo GTi

Pulsar 200 NS Launched In Colombia

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 11:11 PM PST



The Bajaj Pulsar has not only found acclaim locally but also globally. The vehicle has a massive fan following in many parts of the world, thanks to the high amount of equipment and affordable performance which it offers. The Pulsar 200 NS was launched in India last year and slowly Bajaj Auto is bringing the second generation motorcycle to other countries. The Pulsar 200 NS has been launched in Colombia with bookings now open.

The fan following of the Bajaj Pulsar is massive in Colombia, that owners have a big meet every October. Bajaj Auto could have launched the Pulsar in Colombia even earlier but the company prefers to meet the domestic demand first before starting exports, which is a good move. The second generation Pulsar shares quite a few components with the KTM Duke 200. Both the motorcycles are manufactured by Bajaj Auto at its plant in Chakan, Pune.

Bajaj Auto is betting big on global markets. The company wants to export 50% of its volumes, thereby becoming a global motorcycle company. The Indian automaker plans to launch the Pulsar 200 NS in Europe later this year, retailing it through KTM dealerships. Just recently Bajaj Auto had announced its plans to launch a fuel-injected version of the Pulsar 200 NS for a few export markets. Eventually the Pulsar 200 NS FI will be offered in India as well.

The Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is powered by a 199.5cc, triple-spark, single-cylinder, 4-valve engine which belts out 23.5 PS of peak power and 18.3 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The 200 NS boasts of excellent handling and sure-footed brakes, offering scintillating performance for a very mouth watering price.


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