Festivities Ahead, and its Time to Restrain Caution..

Topgear Magazine Sep 2020

This is the only rage that no one wants to win and want to be at the tail end.

We started out this month on a raging bull chasing  0-100 in 3.3 seconds, making the loud engine roar but with restrictions thrown in. Then, we switched to the 3.6 seconds lane with complete liberation, generating sweet engine rumble and mellowed exhaust noise to finally hitting the 5.1 seconds lane discreetly with absolutely no noise. From driving an angry Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD  in the city where you really can’t go ballistic with this missile to the Audi RS7 Sportback which can speed past traffic police without really waking him up to driving the Mercedes EQC which can earn you medals from the environmentalists, we tried them all. While the Lambo can wake up the town, the EQC can wake up your senses towards a greener world and is a fully capable luxury electric SUV whose ex-showroom and on-road cost would be the same.

While the EQC ticks off all the right boxes and prepares all the car enthusiasts for the kind of machines that will come in the future and learn to have pure acceleration joy without the engine rumble, it also completes the electric line up from entry-level Nexon through MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona to the complete luxury SUV. With this, manufacturers have strategically completed the electric line up without knowing about it; a classic case of  #weareinthistogther. Now what is left is for the government to step up and pave the way for electric charging infrastructure, waive off/ reduce custom duties, so more cars can be imported while the manufacturing pipeline of electric cars is set up, or else the EV revolution will remain a mirage.

August 2020 automobile sales continued to soar, which is excellent news to counter the soaring high number of COVID cases in India. Unfortunately, we are now sitting at No.2 spot globally rising fast to the pole position. And this is the only race that no one wants to win and want to be at the tail end. Let’s usher the festive months ahead with joy and happiness, but with a lot of caution thrown in.