There are cars that take you from point A to B and then there are cars that make you leave point A with no destination in mind. These are cars that beg to be driven and they reward the driver with an unparallel experience with their looks, sheer power, pinpoint perfect handling or an intoxicating combination of all the above in what is usually a drop dead gorgeous body. These cars are not practical, they aren’t fuel efficient and are usually more expensive than one can imagine. That said, they are usually the object of desire for everyone who comes in close proximity to one often inspiring the same amounts of lust a beautiful woman would. These then, are the sportscars and supercars that brighten up the automotive world with their loud exhausts, low slung stances and beautiful forms. If you are one of those lucky few who has the moolah for one, we take you through 10 cars for 2014 that are certainly worth your while.
2015 Ford Mustang
Estimated Launch: Late 2014
Estimated Price: Rs 35-55 Lakh
Rejoice! The Ford Mustang will officially make its debut in India in 2014 with an all new right hand drive version for the first time in history. The all new Mustang that was revealed on the 5th of December 2013 is going to feature many firsts for the Mustang. For the first time, the Mustang will be available with Independent rear suspension and for the first time will the Mustang be officially available in right hand drive. The big news though is the return of the turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine to the Mustang family. Last seen in the third generation Mustang, the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes a return this time around with the highly acclaimed 2.0 Litre Ecoboost motor capable of producing over 300PS. The base model variant of the Mustang though will be offered with a conventional V6 engine.
For the purists though, Ford will still offer the 5.0 Litre V9 producing about 400PS. There will also be more powerful version of the Ford Mustang under the Shelby guise, which are also expected to make their way to India soon considering how popular the Shelby brand is amongst automotive enthusiasts world over. Expect the Mustang to cost as little as Rs 35 lakh for an entry level version and upto Rs 55 Lakh for a full blooded Shelby version. The Mustang will most certainly becomeone of the most popular sportcars in India if launched appealing to both the purists and the fans to the car in general.
BMW 2 Series / BMW M2
Expected launch: Mid 2014
Expected Price: Rs 30 Lakh
The BMW 2 Series is the 2-door coupe version of 1 Series hatchback that was recently launched in India. The 2 Series is expected to appeal to the entry level sportscar enthusiast with its relatively cheaper pricetag. The 2 Series will replace the 1 Series coupe and cabriolet and will henceforth be the cheapest coupe BMW offers. The 2 Series is the spiritual successor of the 02 series BMWs from the 1970s and is available in 5 different engine options. For India though we believe BMW will offer the 2 Series in its 225d and 235i engine options. The 2 Series coupe will soon spawn a range topping M2 coupe and cabriolet too and will also spawn a 2 Series Gran Coupe and a subsequent M2 version of that. The 2 Series, although a totally different type of vehicle will go up against the likes of other Rs 30 Lakh performance oriented cars like the Mini Cooper and likes of the Mercedes CLA.
BMW 4 Series / BMW M4
Estimated Launch: Early 2014
Estimated Price: Rs 40-50 Lakh
Just as the BMW 2 Series is the coupe version of the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 4 Series is the coupe version of the popular BMW 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series, revealed globally last year has been highly acclaimed as one of the best handling cars of 2013 by critics worldwide. The stylish 2-door coupe body is festooned with typical BMW styling features like the new oblong kidney grills and the elongated headlights that fuse into the grille along with certain unique features like a side gill on the front fenders. The BMW 4 Series will be available in a 2 door coupe, a 2 door cabriolet and in the future a 4 door coupe to compete with the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A5 4-door coupe. The BMW 4 Series should be available with the 420d or the 428i/435i engine options. The BMW M4 which will replace the legendary BMW M3 (coupe body style) will be available in India soon after too. The BMW M4 promises to be one of the most awaited cars of 2014. Can it replace what is possibly the greatest sports saloon badge ever made i.e. the M3 remains to be seen. Expect the base model BMW 4 Series to be priced just under the top of the line BMW 3 Series in India.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Estimated Launch: Early 2014
Estimated Price: Rs 4.0 Crore
The Ferrari 458 Italia is no slouch. However if the standard Italia is not enough to get your excitement levels high, Ferrari’s evolution model for the 458 Italia, the Speciale will certainly do the needful for you. Ferrari has integrated various new bits to the already fantastic 458 like improvements in active aerodynamics and engine and traction management systems that makes the 458 Speciale a whole league ahead as compared to the standard car. In Ferrari’s own words, “The technological advances set the 458 Speciale apart from the 458 Italia from which it is derived, to an extent unprecedented in the previous Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia special series.” The 458 has been the most popular Ferrari in India since its launch three years ago and the Speciale too will tug at the heartstrings of people who can afford excellence. In fact, if rumors are to believed, a few Speciales have already been pre-booked and are slated to come to India sometime mid next year.
2014 Nissan GT-R
Expected Launch: Early 2014
Expected Price: Rs 1.0 Crore
Nissan is slated to finally officially bring the haloed GT-R to India in 2014. Although there are already several Nissan GT-Rs in India already, Nissan has never officially given service support for one which has been a deterrent for several prospective owners. The Nissan GT-R, one of the fastest cars in the world comes with a 3.8 Liter twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine, each of which is hand-crafted by its own master technician in a clean-room environment. The V6 engine makes a staggering 553PS of peak power at 6400Rpm and a staggering 628Nm of peak torque at 3200-5800Rpm. The GT-R comes equipped with all-wheel-drive giving it a staggering sub-3 second 0-100Kmph time. The GT-R is also a favorite amongst tuners, many of which have managed to easily tune a GT-R to over 1000PS of peak power with a few going further to achieve figures in the region of over 1500PS from the standard V6 block. The availability of the Nissan GT-R though an official route in India will be essential in the development of the high-end tuner scene which has been generally absent in India.
Jaguar F Type R Coupe
Estimated Launch: Early 2014
Estimated Price: Rs 2 Crore
What is possibly the most beautiful car made today, the Jaguar F Type Convertible now has a Coupe version too. The F Type Coupe, available in V6 S, V8 S and the all-new V8 R format with a range topping 550PS on tap will be available in conjunction with the convertible models. The F-Type, Jaguars newest offering has seen wide acclaim for the way it looks, sounds, handles and performs in general in addition to the sheer quality of its design and materials on the interior. The F-Type coupe will be a better handling car than the convertible since it will be a lot stiffer which means it can handle a lot more power. The RS version of the F-Type too is just around the corner and should make in the region of about 600PS putting it up against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the new Lamborghini Gallardo replacement, the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The F-Type coupe is the spiritual successor to the legendary Jaguar E-Type and comes with a lot of similar styling touches that take inspiration from what is possibly the most beautiful car ever built.
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