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Sportscars, su­per­cars and lux­ury sa­loons – loads of bling, this month

Evo India - - BRIEFING - WORDS by GANESH MURTHY

FER­RARI 812 SU­PER­FAST

The F12 Ber­linetta is no more but we have the 812 and it is not fast, but Su­per­fast, says Fer­rari. It is the most aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient Fer­rari su­per­car ever, with nu­mer­ous cuts and slashes that festoon its chis­elled body. The 812 Su­per­fast gets a front mounted, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.5-litre V12 en­gine that lets loose 789 horses and 718Nm, all to the rear wheels so fe­ro­ciously that 100kmph is dis­patched in just 2.9 sec­onds. The car gets F1 de­rived 7-speed DCT with elec­tronic dif­fer­en­tials. It is also the first Fer­rari to get elec­tric power steer­ing along with a rear wheel steer­ing. It does not skim on tech, com­ing with Fer­rari’s fifth gen­er­a­tion Slide Slip Con­trol, Power Over­steer and Peak Per­for­mance sys­tems. Be ready to shell out an eye-wa­ter­ing amount of more than `5 crore though.

Vari­ant Price

812 Su­per­fast `5.2 crore

Price ex-show­room Delhi

ROLLS-ROYCE PHAN­TOM

Be­hold the eighth gen­er­a­tion Phan­tom! To make sure you only hear the clocks tick­ing, Rolls-Royce has used sound dead­en­ing ma­te­ri­als that weigh over 130kg. Based on Rolls-Royce’s all-new alu­minium space­frame plat­form, it will be the ba­sis for fu­ture RRs in­clud­ing the up­com­ing Cullinan SUV. Bye bye Bim­mer! Un­der the long bon­net of the 2018 Phan­tom sits an all-new 6.75-litre twin-tur­bocharged V12 en­gine that makes 563 horses and 900Nm of torque. The en­gine comes mated to an 8-speed, GPSen­abled trans­mis­sion and the Phan­tom gets rear-wheel steer­ing. Yes, it still comes with the starlight roof along with var­i­ous cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions and umpteen other fea­tures that jus­tify its jaw-drop­ping price.

Vari­ant Price

Phan­tom `9.5 crore Phan­tom EWB `11.35 crore Prices ex-show­room

MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS

‘The world’s best car’ is here in its lat­est avatar! It has al­ready bagged the ti­tle of be­ing the first car in the country with a BS VI com­pli­ant diesel en­gine. In a race to bring lat­est tech to their flag­ship lux­ury sa­loons, Merc has equipped it with level 2 au­ton­omy sys­tems, which al­lows it to drive and ap­ply brakes on its own. It also comes with Ad­blue tank that in­jects liq­uid am­mo­nia so­lu­tion to the se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion unit that in turn con­verts harm­ful ex­haust gases to wa­ter vapour and ni­tro­gen! In terms of pow­er­trains, you get the S350d with a 2925cc, in-line 6-cylin­der, twin-turbo diesel mo­tor, while the S 450 gets a 2996cc V6 twin-turbo petrol.

Vari­ant Price

S350d `1.33 crore

S450 `1.37 crore

Prices ex-show­room

MASERATI GHIBLI

Barely two months have gone since the launch of Maserati’s first ever SUV, the Le­vante and now, the Ital­ian mar­quee has brought in the 2018 Ghibli to our shores. The lux­ury saloon comes with a BS VI com­pli­ant V6 diesel mo­tor de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with VM Mo­tori that un­leashes 271 horses and 600Nm and is paired to an 8-speed auto ‘box send­ing power to all four wheels. The car­maker claims an im­pres­sive fuel ef­fi­ciency fig­ure of 16.94kmpl, but would you care when you are buy­ing a Maserati?

Vari­ant Price

Ghibli `1.33 crore GranS­port `1.38 crore GranLusso `1.42 crore

Prices ex-show­room

PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS

Porsche has qui­etly brought in the all-new GT3 RS to In­dia. Based on the 911 GT3 cup, the en­gine is tuned to de­liver ad­di­tional 30 horses and 10Nm more than the reg­u­lar GT3. To slice through air quickly it sports a lot of aero­dy­namic el­e­ments as well. The air slats on the front wheel arches re­duce over­boost pres­sure gen­er­ated by the wheels which re­sults in more down­force. The rear mounted 4-litre, flat six, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated mo­tor makes 513.6bhp and 470Nm of twist that comes mated to a 7-speed PDK gear­box, send­ing all the power to the rear wheels. It does the 100kmph dash from stand­still in a claimed 3.2 sec­onds, with a top whack of 312kmph.

Vari­ant Price

GT3 RS `2.75 crore

Price ex-show­room

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