Shapur Kotwal

    Autocar India

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    Deputy editor at Autocar India.

    Shapur is at the forefront of the magazine's extensive road testing activities and oversees the test instrumentation and data acquisition. Shapur has possibly the most experience among all road testers in the country.

    Stories By Shapur Kotwal

    Sep 19, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    Honda City Hybrid could be India’s most efficient car

    Expected in mid-2022, Honda will use hybrid tech to deliver both, efficiency and power.

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    Aug 13, 2021 11:00:00 PM

    2021 Lamborghini Countach – the icon’s back!

    Lamborghini recreates the iconic supercar that started it all.

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    Aug 01, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Ferrari 296 GTB: Ferrari goes green

    The new 296 GTB gets a high-revving turbo V6 engine and plug-in hybrid power; welcome to the future.

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    May 20, 2021 04:49:00 PM

    Ciaz-based Toyota Belta to replace Yaris in India

    The Toyota Belta will come with the same 1.5-liter petrol engine as the Ciaz.

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    May 13, 2021 11:27:00 AM

    Six insane bits of engineering on the Ferrari 812 Competi...

    Ferrari has made an extraordinary number of technical updates to increase performance on its new more hardcore versio...

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    May 08, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    New Ford C-SUV could be based on Territory crossover

    After its split with Mahindra, Ford to replace XUV700 platform for in-house alternative.

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    Apr 23, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    All-new 2022 Skoda Rapid to get premium price, new name

    As it’ll grow in size, get more equipment and a more powerful engine option, the all-new sedan will get a new n...

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    Apr 10, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic to top GLA India range

    The GLA 35 4Matic will become the third locally assembled AMG, after the A35 Limo and the GLC 43 Coupe.

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    Apr 03, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    MG looking at more affordable EVs

    Can it replicate its Mini EV’s success here in India a few years down the line?

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    Sep 27, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI long term review, second report

    The solid build of Volkswagen’s baby shines through. Also, is there a better driving hatch out there?

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    Sep 21, 2021 02:18:00 PM

    Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S Coupe video review

    We've seen the latest-gen Mercedes GLE Coupe in 435hp AMG 53 guise before. This one, the 612hp 63 S, dials up the AMG...

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    Sep 17, 2021 11:08:00 AM

    Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S Coupe review, test drive

    Can you have massive power, raw performance, sumptuous comfort, relaxing refinement and first-rate luxury, all in one...

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    Aug 29, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Honda City long term review, third report

    Long hours spent behind the wheel tell us just how much more comfort-oriented the new City is.

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    Aug 24, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    2021 Audi RS5 Sportback review, test drive

    Can Audi's baby RS7 deliver a thrilling driving experience, along with the everyday practicality expected from a Spor...

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    Jul 26, 2021 11:20:00 AM

    Mercedes-AMG E 63 S video review

    The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+ is the wildest E-Class you can buy. We test it to 300kph and beyond!

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    Jul 26, 2021 11:03:00 AM

    2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S facelift review, test drive

    The updated AMG E63 S gets revised styling and updated tech but retains the 612hp, 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. We tell y...

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    Jul 23, 2021 08:42:00 PM

    Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 video review

    Maybach’s first super-luxury SUV uses only the best technology and craftsmanship to transform a regular Mercede...

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    Jul 19, 2021 12:00:00 PM

    Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 review, test drive

    Maybach’s first super-luxury SUV uses only the best technology and craftsmanship to transform a regular Mercede...

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    Nov 29, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Get A Grip: Audi Quattro

    Forty years ago, Audi shook the world of performance cars with its lightweight and compact Quattro four-wheel-drive s...

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    Nov 08, 2020 08:00:00 AM

    Sea Horse: Ferrying a Ferrari

    The GTC4Lusso T, Ferrari’s four-seat sportscar, will soon be replaced. We find a shortcut to some great driving...

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    Oct 07, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Mercedes-AMG C 63, GT 4-Door: Fly By Wire

    AMG’s C 63 and GT 4-Door Coupé may use the same V8 under the hood, but they are as different as chalk and ...

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    Sep 12, 2020 08:00:00 AM

    Ferrari 250: The story behind Ferrari's legendary V12

    We take a close look at Ferrari’s 250 - the V12 that’s considered to be the greatest sportscar engine ever.

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    Sep 06, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    How far automobile tech has come in 250 months

    250 issues on, we look at the evolution of the automobile and the technology behind it.

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    Jun 13, 2020 06:00:00 AM

    The Maruti Suzuki Swift: How it all began

    On its 15th anniversary, we tell you the inside story of how the first-gen Swift was launched, and what made it so sp...

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    Mar 28, 2020 07:00:00 AM

    Bidding goodbye to India's 'national' diesel engine

    With the BS6 norms now in place, Fiat’s legendary 1.3-litre Multijet diesel is no more. Shapur Kotwal pays homa...

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    Nov 03, 2019 11:40:00 AM

    Monster of Rock - Caterpillar 777E truck driven

    It has a gross weight of over 160 tonnes, a locomotive-like 4,757Nm of torque, and since it’s an off-highway ve...

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    Oct 26, 2019 07:00:00 AM

    A driving adventure across Iran

    A 10-day, 1,600km drive in a convoy of Mahindra Alturas SUVs through the heart and soul of Iran has left us completel...

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    Sep 14, 2021 12:47:00 PM

    Oh Henry!

    With Ford India's history of some great driving cars, Shapur talks about how new SUVs could have revitalised the bran...

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    Aug 29, 2021 08:00:00 AM


    Voice commands are getting more legible, more dependable and more important.

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    Aug 11, 2021 04:55:00 PM

    For ‘N-Performance’, say yes

    While Hyundai has confirmed its N-Line cars for India, a question mark still hangs over some of its more performance-...

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    Jul 25, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    S For Shrunk

    Shapur talks about the new Mercedes S-class' rear-wheel steering and how it's enhanced the driving experience.

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    Jun 26, 2021 07:00:00 AM

    Time to Rest-mod

    Shapur Kotwal talks about the growing world of resto-modding classic and vintage cars.

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    Jun 20, 2021 08:00:00 AM

    X marks the sport

    Shapur talks about how four-wheel drive can undermine the thrill of driving a car with sporty pretensions.

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    May 08, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    SUVs Get Real

    Shapur talks about the advent of proper 4x4 off-roaders in the Indian market.

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    Feb 07, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Classic mistake

    Shapur questions if the ban on vintage cars from being used on the road is a solution to our pollution problems

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    Dec 28, 2020 08:00:00 AM


    Shapur talks about the viability of a sportscar that can take on our broken roads.

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