We’ve got a wide variety of stories in our April 2014 issue. Starting with a drive of Toyota’s new Corolla Altis, which the company hopes will inject some pizzazz into the brand. Then there’s Nissan’s new budget brand, Datsun, and its first car, the Go, which we’ve got a full road test of. There’s also the fun and funky new Mini Cooper S and Porsche’s physics-defying new SUV, the Macan. Finally, we’ve driven a bunch of V8-powered luxury cars that are equal parts crazy and cosseting. All this and so much more in this month’s issue of Autocar India.
New Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota may be one of the top three carmakers in the world, but in India, it hasn’t tasted quite the same success. The company feels this may have something to do with the way its cars are perceived, and so it’s about to launch the all-new, more aggressive looking version of its global best-seller, the Corolla. We’ve driven it exclusively this month, and wonder if it can shake up a dying segment, and Toyota’s fortunes in India.
Datsun Go vs Hyundai Eon vs Maruti Wagon R
We’ve gotten deep under the new Datsun Go’s skin this month, with a comprehensive road test of the new car, plus a comparison against two of the segment heavyweights, the Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai Eon. We’ve also got an in-depth analysis of just how Datsun managed to keep its costs down and deliver that knockout Rs 3.12 lakh starting price.
The most powerful Audi in production is also a bona fide luxury sedan. It looks like a stealth bomber but sounds like a muscle car. It weighs two tonnes but can still do 100kph in 3.9 seconds. It’s a crazy mix of contradicting superlatives, and we’ve driven it on Indian roads this month.
BMW M6 Gran Coupé
Meanwhile, BMW is about to launch its answer to the Audi RS7 in India – the sleek and very-rear-wheel-drive M6 Gran Coupé. On Germany’s autobahns and mountain roads, it is an absolute hooligan, so we can only imagine how it’ll handle our less-than-perfect roads.
Bentley Continental GT V8 S
Less of a hooligan and more of a gentleman’s express is the Bentley Continental GT. And now, in this new 521bhp V8 S guise, the engineers at Crewe have managed to give it a more sporting edge without compromising on that all-important Bentley luxury grand tourer personality.
New Mini Cooper S
The retro-tastic Mini is living up to its name less and less with each new iteration. But can this new, considerably larger, third-generation car still have the same, peppy, go-kart-like driving characteristics as its predecessors? We carried out a serious evaluation in sunny Puerto Rico.
When Porsche makes an SUV, you can bet it’ll be the best-driving SUV in its class, and by a long shot. After the Cayenne first wowed us all those years ago, it’s time for its little sibling, the new Macan to do the same. And boy, does it deliver, on road and on track.
Bidding farewell to the Maruti 800
Many call it the car that truly put our nation on wheels, and now, shortly after its thirtieth birthday, the Maruti 800 has ceased production for good. We take a look back at how this fun little Japanese hatchback grew up in India and some of the milestones it crossed in its three-decade existence.
Ducati Monster 1200S
The Italian bike maker has stuffed its 145bhp, 1,200cc, Testrastretta V-twin from the Multistrada into the naked frame of its iconic Monster. An exciting ride around the volcanic roads of the Canary Island of Tenerife revealed just how well that combination works.
The 2014 F1 season is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. New cars, new engines, new rules and new regulations – it’s a lot to take in, but thankfully, we’ve got a detailed primer that explains it all. Apart from that, there’s our usual mix of news and race reports to keep you updated on the latest from the world of motorsport.
Grab yourself a copy of Autocar India’s April 2014 issue today!