Your favourite car magazine has just turned 14 years old, and boy have we been busy! As ever, we’ve got a jam-packed, 500-page collector’s edition anniversary issue with everything you love to read. There are road tests, comparisons, features, analyses, exclusives, scoops, news, and a bit of fun too. Here’s a small taste of what you can expect:
Hyundai Santa Fe – Hyundai maybe pulling its weight really well in the sub-Rs 10 lakh segment and giving Maruti a run for its money. However, like Maruti, its premium products have never really taken off. But there’s a new Santa Fe coming next year that could just well be the best car Hyundai makes – it could be the one to turn things around.
Skoda Octavia: Exclusive Test – It’s the car that made Skoda a household name in India, and a well-regarded one at that. The Octavia is back, and we’ve got an exclusive and detailed road test of both the petrol and diesel versions in this issue of Autocar India.
Track test: Mumbai Monorail – Right now, it looks like a series of semi-finished bits of elevated concrete, but come next year, it could be the key to easing congestion in Mumbai. It’s the country’s first monorail, and we spent some quality time with it and our V-box.
Big luxury SUV test – There’s a new Mercedes GL-class in town, and it’s bigger, bolder and more luxurious than ever (not to mention more affordable). But it’s far from the only seven-seat luxury SUV you can buy today, and we’ve rounded up some of the other contenders for a brawny, bare-knuckle brawl.
Autocar Track Test – Narain Karthikeyan once again slips into the driver’s seats of the year’s best driver’s cars and wrings them to within an inch of their tyres’ lives around Chennai’s Irungattukottai track. Can any of the newcomers beat our previous years’ champions?
Exclusive: Inde 2.0 – Imagine all the power, noise, agility, tech and raw aggression of an open-wheel Formula race car, but with two seats. That’s what J A Motorsport is offering with the Inde 2.0, and we got to put it through an afternoon of hot laps on the track.
BMW i8 – If you’re worried that car enthusiasts will be left with nothing exciting when the petrol starts to run out, fear not, BMW has you covered. We’ve driven the new i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupé, and it is brilliant.
Sachin goes drifting – As many of you may know, besides being one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar is also an avid petrolhead. So, when he made an appearance at the BMW Dynamic 1 event in Maisach, Germany, you can bet he got behind the wheel too. And we rode shotgun.
Mercedes-Benz S-class – The king is dead, long live the king – just about every generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-class has held the unofficial distinction of being the world’s best car. But when the existing car is still so good even after eight years, how could they possibly make a better one? Well, they have, and we’ve driven it.
Off-roading in India – Taking an SUV through serious off-road terrain is fast transforming from a casual recreation to serious sport here in India, and unlike most motorsport, it’s not that difficult to get into. We have a start-to-finish guide on how you can get into off-roading in a serious way.
Road test: KTM 390 Duke – When we first rode the KTM 200 Duke, we loved it and just knew that chassis was capable of handling more power. Now we’ve got a full road test of the 390 Duke, and just going by the stats alone, it could be the performance bargain of the century.
Motorsport – 2014 will be the year of the turbocharger in Formula 1, and we give you an in-depth look at what you can expect from these engines. The 2014 season will also be run without the Indian GP in its calendar, and explore the factors that led to its cancellation. We then take a look at the state of Indian motorsport right now, and even get behind the wheel of Tiger Sport’s mental Honda City VTEC racer.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of great stories you’ll find in Autocar India’s 14th anniversary bumper issue. Plus, five additional booklets FREE with this issue!