Lamborghini has given the Huracán a mid-cycle refresh and introduced a new EVO version, which brings all the goodness of the high-performance Performante in a more approachable package. The Italian marque has now launched the Huracán EVO in India priced at Rs 3.73 crore. The EVO uses the same naturally aspirated 5.2l V-10 engine that has been tuned to produce 630hp and 600Nm of torque, which helps the supercar do the 0-100kmph sprint in a blistering 2.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than before) and reach a top speed of 325kmph.
Other mechanical changes include rear-wheel steering and a four-wheel torque vectoring system. The active suspension has also been updated with instantly adaptable dampers. In terms of styling updates, the Huracán EVO features a new aggressive looking bumper with a front splitter and an integrated rear wing along with a Performante-like dual exhaust. It also gets new 20-inch alloy wheels in the Aesir design and the reshaped air intakes.
On the inside, the dash is now equipped with a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen unit offering Apple CarPlay and more internal storage.
BMW's three winners
2019 BMW X4: BMW has launched the second-generation 2019 BMW X4 in India in three variants: xDrive20d M Sport X, xDrive30d M Sport X and xDrive30i M Sport X. While the first one gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 187hp, the X4 xDrive30d comes with a bigger 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that’s tuned to churn out 261hp. The xDrive30i comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol that produces 248hp.
The interior of the second-generation coupe-like SUV looks a lot like the one in the new X3. It comes with a new digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment screen, head-up display, 16-speaker Harman-Kardon system, wireless Apple Carplay. On the outside, the 2019 X4 gets bigger kidney grilles, headlights with new LED accents, redesigned horizontally oriented LED fog lights on the front and new LED taillights and twin exhaust tailpipes. The roof, like the previous generation, has a fastback design.
Extra-terrestrial design BMW M850i Night Sky:
BMW recently revealed a one-of-a-kind 8-Series coupe called the Night Sky to mark the Quadrantids meteor shower that lights up the night skies in the first week of January every year. Described as ‘out of the world’, the special edition was created by the BMW Individual Manufaktur division, the brand’s in-house personalisation arm. The one-off 8-Series Coupe comes with special interior trim made from actual meteorite fragments that decorate the centre-console trim, the engine-start button, the gear selector, the iDrive control knob, and even the doorsills. BMW closely worked with the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics throughout the process to ensure the correct use of the materials for the build. Additionally, the special interior of the M850i Night Sky features a unique geometric pattern, which is named Widmanstätten after the scientist who first observed it. The pattern is only found in the structure of extra-terrestrial materials.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography:
Land Rover took the wraps off a new, range-topping variant of its compact luxury crossover SUV, Range Rover Velar. Called the Velar SVAutobiography (SVA) Dynamic, it is powered by a 5.0l supercharged V8 that is tuned to produce 550hp and is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. According to Land Rover, the Velar SVA can do the 0-100kmph sprint in 4.5 seconds and can go on to hit a top speed of 273kmph. To cope with the increase in power, Land Rover has given it improved brakes with four pistons, air chambers for air suspension, upgraded anti-roll bars and a revised variable damping system. The Velar SVS gets larger air-intakes, a new grille and rear bumper, quad-exhaust pipes as well as lighter 21 or 22-inch wheels. On the inside, it gets unique perforated and quilted leather in four colour options, knurled finishes on the infotainment and gear selector knobs and optional carbon-fibre interior trim.
2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet:
Porsche has launched the new 992-generation 911 Cabriolet. The drop-top versions of the Carrera S and Carrera 4S are powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0l flat-six as the hardtop siblings. The engine produces 443hp and 390 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. What’s interesting is that Porsche has made the pair of Cabriolets almost as fast as the Coupe variants, despite the added weight of the foldable roof. The two-wheel drive Carrera S does the 0-100kmph sprint in just 3.9 seconds, while the AWD Carrera 4S does it in 3.8 seconds. Porsche claims that the foldable fabric top can be raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds up to 50 kmph. Everything else on the convertible Carrera S and 4S models is identical to the coupe variants, including the design changes on inside as well as outside.