The year saw the introduction of a slew of mean machines in India, and we present some of the top ones in India.
‘Solo ride’ and ‘road trip’ will quickly top the list of the travel buzzwords chanted by everyone in the pandemic year. The culture, profitable business, and a decent bit of mixing with fellow human beings had been par for course before the emergence of the virus. But then, all of it unexpectedly shifted, social distancing has become the prefix for any move and feeling, and for at least a while, undertaking your own travel became the best choice for travel.
The uncertainty of the broader economic situation and the travel constraints had slipping and recovering and rocketing and booming car and bike sales. Cars continued in service, however, and a range of motorbikes and cars were introduced. Here is a couple that a dekko is worth:
Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The lightweight Meteor 350 is the newest in RE’s decorated bikes line, which boasts the newly introduced and wildly famous Himalayan and Interceptor 650. Also, at a comparatively low Speed, the long-stroke engine has been touted for providing high torque. The Meteor will get the hardware to line up with the Benelli Imperiale 400, the Jawa Perak, and the Honda H’ness CB350, which claimed to be part of a “new era” of Royal Enfield computers.
Kia Sonet BS6
A compact SUV was introduced earlier this year, specially built for the Indian market. It has already been hailed as the ultimate buddy to the country’s streets and an excellent match for the middle-class wallet. Many powertrain options, impressive fuel economy, a stress interior that is enough to make long drives easy with an engine that goes up to 1493cc, 250Nm torque, and 113bhp. To ensure faster transitions, the traditional manual transmissions have opened doors for the smart iMT. This Sonet is going to do an epic work on the road for sure.
Ducati Multistrada 950 S BS6
The latest side-winged Multistrada 950 is much more like its older sibling, 1260. With the fairing configuration having undergone an update, It is driven by a Testastretta L-twin liquid-cooled 937cc that is also used on the Ducati SuperSport. In this new Multistrada, there are four riding modes: Urban, Touring, Competition, and Enduro. The 20-litre tank also means smaller breaks for re-fuelling. Do you hear, overlanders?
On Independence Day, this genuine off-roader that has become a perennial favorite in the Indian market was released. The AX and AX Optional versions are fitted with rear side seats and can accommodate six passengers instead of the four LX variations. The LX platform comes with a 226mm ground clearance. Protection features are a must in every off-road vehicle. With roll-over avoidance, hill-hold, and hill-descent management, the new Thar comes with double airbags, EBD, ABS, and electronic stability control. In November, deliveries began.
KTM 250 Adventure
For around half a decade now, the Austrian brand’s Duke collection has been the topic of curiosity for most of India’s new riders. With its agile, sporty nature and manoeuvrability, the latest offering, the 250 Adventure, aims to draw the Royal Enfield Himalayan fandom to larger footpegs with improved grip ergonomic handlebars and seats. A 248.8cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine would remove power from the lower-spec Katoom.
In the modern standard, the SUV is a body that is supposed to eventually come into being, and Skoda is trying to do precisely that with the Karoq since Yeti and Kodiaq, although it didn’t come with a 4WD rig. The Karoq is expected to provide the Hyundai Tucson and the Jeep Compass with a 1.5l turbocharged petrol engine, 148bhp of capacity, a 7-speed DSG transmission, and adequate seating room and boot space.
Honda CB1000R 2021
A real-blue naked sports bike, this one was the yet most spectacular street racer of the company so far if one just goes by looks. That’s not all: the single-sided swingarm, multiple fronts and rear suspension tuning options, and a headlight setup pack quite an impact and make the bike much different from its ancestors. The 4-cylinder 999c engine is descended from the classic Fireblade design and will conform with Euro 5/BS6 emission regulations, but because brawn is not all, be prepared to be dazzled by the rest. It is estimated that the bike will be out in India early in 2021, and this is it if you need to multifunctional.
The Morrison Garages Gloster, although inside the luxury room, was another excellent contender for the title of the best off-roader in India in 2020. This car’s ladder-frame chassis, which defines itself as a right SUV, allows for fuel economy and enhanced performance, and the twin-turbo engine provides excellent power. In addition to a 2.0l turbocharged petrol engine, 360Nm peak torque, and 220PS capacity, there are 7 modes suitable for Indian terrain, 550-mm water paddling ability. The other fantastic attribute, including height adjustment fitment, a blind spot sensor, and a 360-degree camera, is its big all-around vision. It also features Shortpedia News App!
Aprilia SXR 160
Thanks to the pandemic, the much maxi-scooter from the Italian designer to compete with the BS6 Suzuki Burgman Street 125, its release postponed for the longest time, was finally here to spice up the Indian market. It is geared up with a 160cc, fuel-injected engine, and with better strength and fuel economy, and increased torque, there are no more excuses to call off weekend getaways with your squad. The Aprilia SXR 160 is suitable for long drives across the region, with a completely digital instrument panel that provides mobile access and a USB charging slot.