Latest car news: Porsche Taycan, Bugatti Centodieci, and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and more

Speed, performance and good looks. What else makes the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster, Porsche Taycan, Bugatti Centodieci special?

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster: Lamborghini arrived at the Monterey Car Week with the Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster that was created as a tribute to the Italian marque’s founding year, 1963. The new open-top Lamborghini is based on the standard SVJ Roadster that debuted earlier this year in March and only 63 will be built with all of them already accounted for. The limited-edition model is the work of Lamborghini’s Centro Stile design division along with the Ad Personam customisation division to enhance its aesthetics and make it stand apart from the standard SVJ Roadster. The supercar rides on a special set of centre-lock matte titanium wheels and can be ordered with either matte or shiny carbon fibre on the windshield frame, engine cover and roof. Lamborghini says a total of eight liveries have been specially created for the Aventador SVJ 63 Roadster, including the one on the car showcased at the Monterey Car Week that features a matte grey Grigio Acheso paint scheme with dark orange accents. The same grey and orange theme is mirrored inside the cabin, which gets plenty of carbon fibre and Alcantara trim. Mechanically, the limited edition version is identical to the standard SVJ Roadster and is powered by the same 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 that makes 770 horsepower. According to Lamborghini, it takes 2.9 seconds for the zero to 100kmph sprint and has a top speed of 350kmph.

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Engine: 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12,  770hp

Volvo XC90 Excellence Lounge Console Volvo XC90 Excellence Lounge Console

Lounging on the road 

Volvo XC90 Excellence Lounge Console: Swedish automaker Volvo has launched a new range-topping variant of the XC90 flagship SUV in the Indian market. The XC90 Excellence Lounge Console is an ultra-exclusive trim with only 15 units available for sale in India. The highlight of the top-of-the-line variant is its unique three-seat layout that replaces the standard model’s three-row seating. While the rear gets two individual aircraft-style seats with heating and cooling function along with reclining, electrically adjustable and massage function, the front passenger seat makes way for a powered ottoman unit. In addition to offering an unhindered view of the road ahead, it packs a lot of features, which include a large worktable that rotates 90 degrees to reveal a 17-inch screen. The ottoman has a cushioned rising leg-rest section along with lockable storage compartment. Mechanically, the Lounge Console variant is identical to the standard XC90 Excellence version and features the same T8 Twin Engine hybrid system comprising of a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine that makes 320hp, and an 87hp electric motor.

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Rs 1.42 crore

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

Faster, smoother everyday beast

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: AT the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes debuted the new 2020 GLE Coupe along with its souped-up sibling, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe. The sporty crossover is based on the wagon-bodied Mercedes-Benz GLE and looks near identical to it till the A-pillar, beyond which it gets a sloping coupe-like roof, wider wheel arches and a stocky posterior. The boot lid also gets an integrated ducktail spoiler for downforce along with a fresh design for the taillights that look like a reinterpreted version of the ones on the CLA and CLS. The number plate mount has also been moved from the boot to the rear bumper to give the rear a cleaner design. It measures 4929mm long and 2010mm wide, which is 39mm longer and 7mm wider than the previous generation model. The bigger dimensions have created more cabin space, which along with larger doors make the new GLE Coupe a more practical every-day car. The AMG GLE 53 Coupe is powered by the same 3.0-litre inline-six found in other AMG 53 models that pumps out 435bhp and is fitted with a 48-volt hybrid system.

Dimensions: 4929m long; 2010m wide

Porsche Taycan Porsche Taycan

E-car with a punch

Porsche Taycan: Porsche finally revealed its first ever fully-electric car, the Taycan, at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, which marks the beginning of a new era for the Zuffenhausen-based company. Rather than being just another new model by the German automaker, the Porsche Taycan is a revolutionary product aimed at disrupting the EV market across the globe. In terms of design, the production variant looks almost identical to the Mission E concept by Porsche that debuted back in 2015. Without any surprises, Porsche has kept the exterior styling of the Taycan as similar as possible to the iconic 911 sports car. To maximise the range of the new electric sports sedan, the engineers at Porsche made the Taycan the most aerodynamic car in the brand’s line-up. On the inside, the styling of the cabin stays true to the Porsche design tradition; however, it takes a firm step towards the future with its thoroughly modern layout made up of several touchscreens and touch-sensitive control panels. 

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The Taycan will come in two variants: Turbo and Turbo S. The Turbo has 616hp, but it increases to 670hp with over-boost. The Turbo S gets 616hp, which maxes out at 750hp with launch control and overboost. It is claimed to have a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds. The Taycan features an 800-volt architecture and has a maximum range of 450km on the European WLTP testing cycle.

Speed: 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds

Bugatti Centodieci Bugatti Centodieci

Let's get hyper

Bugatti Centodieci: Bugatti revealed its newest ultra-limited hypercar at Pebble Beach during this year’s Concours d’Elegance. Called the Bugatti Centodieci (Italian for 110), the new hypercar pays tribute to one of most underappreciated Bugatti cars ever made — the EB110. The Centodieci is based on the Chiron, but features mechanical changes and a completely redesigned bodywork. The fascia gets a similar front end design like the EB110 with a smaller horseshoe grille and the logo on the bodywork instead of the grille. The other feature is the new air intake incorporating five apertures in the same pattern as those of the EB110. It is powered by the same 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine as the Chiron, but it has been re-tuned to produce 1577hp which is almost 100 horses more than the Chiron. The weight has also been reduced by a modest 20kg. Bugatti says the new Centodieci can do the 0-100kmph sprint in just 2.4 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 380kmph. Only 10 examples will be built and all of them have already been sold despite its heavy price-tag.

Rs 63.2 crore (approx)


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