Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) brand new Scania Metrolink long-distance Multi (tri) axle coach bus sits basking in the evening sun at Kottayam KSRTC bus station in Kerala awaiting inauguration. The buses have been branded “Garuda Maharaja – The Chariot of Kerala.” This is the first of 18 buses ordered by KSRTC for its long distance services from Kerala to various parts of the country including Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and possibly Bangalore. The livery of the buses is also different from the corporation’s current flagship Volvo B9R buses. Waiting for awesome rides on these new flagship superstars!
An unexpected surprise at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the king of going fast, the Nissan GT-R! The GT-R is one of the quickest cars on the planet, being capable of going from 0 to 100 kph in just under 2 seconds! It is also those the type of car that is along with the Mitsubishi Evo/Lancer series, what came to be known as the staple of the racing scene, as the definitive sports car that will be at home equally on the track and on the street, epitomizing everyting that is right about Japanese supercars. Also a personal favorite! The GT-R comes with a hand-made 3.8 Liter Twin Turbo V6 capable of 545 PS at 6400 RPM and 463 Nm from 3200-5800 RPM band! The Nissan GT-R is expected to be launched in India in September 2016 and will sport a price tag of 2 Crore. The car in the picture seems to be itching to race away!
The king of Pony cars, the mighty, indomitable Ford Mustang GT Fastback 5.0 V8 stands on display at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo (though held at NOIDA in the neighboring state of UP). This monster of a car produces 401 PS of power and 515 NM of torque from its 5 liter V8 engine. The Mustang with its wide stance and muscular design (oh that bulging hood!) always exuded raw power and was my dream car from my very childhood. Unlike Italian and German supercars, this American icon named after a legendary horsebreed (or alternatively, after a fighter plane), represents throaty, raw power more associated with open, dusty and rough backwater highways of America rather than the polished European track. And it is finally here in India! The Ford Mustang selling price in India is said to be Rs.55 lakhs ex-showroom, a steal at that price! If you have the money.
The quaint, picturesque rural Indian Railways setting: Little train headed by a hooded cab unit diesel engine waits among hills and forests. The rake of the Nilambur Road – Thiruvananthapuram Rajya Rani Link Express headed by Erode WDM3D #11149 rests at the Nilambur Road railway station in Kerala on a cloudy and rainy evening, awaiting its departure later in the day. The Nilambur Road Railway station near the little town of Nilambur in the far reaches of Malappuram district, is the end point of the Shoranur – Nilambur spur, at the foothills of the Western Ghats which can be seen in the background. This 41 km historic Broad Gauge railway line was built by the British to easily transport Teak and other forest produces easily from the forests to the coast for shipping to England.