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

    Jun 29, 2022 07:27:00 PM

    Mahindra Scorpio N: 9 tech and design details you must know

    The all-new Scorpio N is bigger, better and full of interesting tech

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    Jun 26, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Opinion: Ola Electric teasers – virtual or reality?

    Ola Electric has teased a potential taxi and a crossover, but are these cars for real or just a gimmick?

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    May 19, 2022 10:40:00 AM

    Honda compact SUV coming next year, midsize SUV by 2024

    Honda’s two all-new SUVs being developed on Amaze platform; Compact SUV to replace WR-V, midsize SUV to take on...

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    May 16, 2022 01:00:00 PM

    Next-gen Toyota Innova to be radically different; expecte...

    New Innova will get monocoque chassis, front-wheel-drive and petrol hybrid power. There will be no diesel.

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    May 14, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    CAFE regulations and why they are important

    Here's why the Corporate Average Fuel Economy rating system could determine what your next car is like. (With inputs ...

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    May 13, 2022 05:11:00 PM

    Skoda looking at launching more fuel efficient GreenLine ...

    Packed with efficient tech, GreenLine Skodas will help meet CAFE norms, lower CO2.

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    Apr 25, 2022 10:00:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki and Toyota’s SUV coming soon; trial p...

    All-new Creta rival from Toyota-Maruti will go on sale in the coming months. Both models will be built at the Toyota ...

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    Apr 09, 2022 01:00:00 PM

    New Honda City Hybrid: Five amazing things you really sho...

    The Honda City e:HEV, set to launch soon, will compete with midsize sedans like the Skoda Slavia and Maruti Suzuki Ci...

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    Mar 11, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Opinion: Maruti's Missing Link

    Maruti could price the upcoming Brezza a lot more aggressively if they use the smaller 1.2-litre DualJet engine, and ...

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    Sep 18, 2022 10:30:00 AM

    Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara review: Creta’s most ser...

    What you get when you combine the best of Maruti Suzuki and Toyota in a single well-specified package. This is an SUV...

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    Sep 17, 2022 06:37:00 PM

    Ferrari 296 GTB India video review

    Ferrari's latest supercar might not be V8-powered, but don't let that fool you into putting it down. We exclusively d...

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    Sep 10, 2022 10:00:00 AM

    Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS iV review: RS goes electric

    Skoda’s first all-electric RS has been designed to impress and is headed to India sometime in 2023.

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    Aug 22, 2022 05:58:00 PM

    Suzuki Jimny review: Turns more heads than a supercar

    What is Suzuki’s most appealing Jimny like out and about on Indian roads? We get up close and personal.

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    Aug 18, 2022 09:55:00 AM

    Lamborghini Huracan STO video review

    The Lamborghini Huracan STO is the most extreme version of the Huracan. Shapur Kotwal gets a thrilling condensed expe...

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    Jul 16, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI long term review, second report

    Our Slavia proves it’s a highway star by shrinking intercity journeys and making light of heavy going.

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    May 26, 2022 09:00:00 AM

    Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI long term review, first report

    Skoda’s baby RS joins our long-term fleet and quickly charms us with its stability, comfort and performance.

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    May 19, 2022 04:33:00 PM

    Mercedes-AMG A45 video review

    We sampled Merc's super-hatch at NATRAX and it blew us away. But does it have the same effect out in the real world? ...

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    May 18, 2022 05:20:00 PM

    Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI track test: Deserves an RS badge

    Shapur Kotwal can’t resist a few hard laps of the MMRT in Chennai with Skoda’s Slavia 1.5 TSI. Right foot...

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    Aug 13, 2022 08:37:00 PM

    India at 75: Events and legislations that shaped the auto...

    From delicensing to BS6 emission norms, these rules made their mark on our auto industry.

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    Apr 03, 2022 08:00:00 AM

    Green light, go: Porsche Taycan vs sailboat

    The all-electric Taycan takes on the high-tech Beneteau Figaro 3 sail boat, in a run from Mumbai to Mandwa. Shapur Ko...

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    Mar 06, 2022 10:00:00 AM

    Lap One: Flat Out On COASTT Racetrack

    We record the very first lap of the CoASTT racetrack in Coimbatore, even before the tarmac has been laid. Narain Kart...

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    Nov 24, 2021 01:30:00 PM

    On top of the world: Lamborghini Urus to Umling La

    Extreme machines need extreme roads and there’s no more extreme environment than the Umling La pass, the highes...

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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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    Nov 27, 2021 09:00:00 AM

    Power struggle

    Shapur talks about how only adequate performance is often simply inadequate.

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    Oct 23, 2021 10:10:00 AM

    Character And Identity

    Shapur talks about how French carmakers have found success by following their own approach rather than following othe...

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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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