India has come a long way from the “Kitna deti hai” culture while looking for a new car. Many new car buyers also look for performance when buying a new vehicle. Even though the current car offerings are slowly coming of age and starting to offer more power in the respective segments, there are few performance oriented cars that will soon arrive in India. Let’s take a look at 6 such upcoming high-performance cars built to fulfil any enthusiastic soul.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
Volkswagen already has the Polo GT models present in the Indian market but the real hot hatch version of the car will arrive soon in the form of the GTI. The three door version of the Polo will be powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine that churns out a maximum of 189 BHP and 250 Nm of maximum torque.
The GTI will come with better suspension set-up for better driving handling and dynamics. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission. The Polo GTI can do 0-100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 230 km/h. Expect to pay upwards of 25 lakh rupees for this one.
Maruti Baleno RS
The Baleno RS was first showcased at the the Auto Expo and it was announced that the car will launch in India by the end of this year. The Baleno RS has already been spied testing on the Indian roads. The upcoming Baleno RS will be the first hot hatch carrying the Maruti Suzuki logo on it in India.
The car will be powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum of 110 BHP and 170 Nm of maximum torque. The car weighs way less than the Swift and it will offer an exhilarating power to weight ratio. Expect a very sharp price tag, of well under 7 lakh rupees.
Tata Tiago Sport
Tata’s earlier plan of launching a sport version of Bolt were hampered badly when the car did not do well in the market. After seeing the popularity of the Tiago, Tata announced that the company will launch a sport variant of the Tiago. The Tiago will come with body kit to differentiate it from the regular car.
There will be a new 1.2-litre turbocharged engine that will power the Nexon in future. Tata will tweak the engine to increase the output to 120 BHP. The tweaks will include a bigger turbo charger and changes to the ECU of the engine. The car will also get stiffer suspensions for a better driving experience. The Tiago Sport promises to be the lowest priced hot hatch.
Maruti Swift Sport
Maruti is preparing the next-generation Swift for a global launch, sources say that the company will also bring a sport version of the hatchback in India. The new Swift will be based on the Baleno platform which means that the car will be have lower weight than the current generation Swift.
Powering the Swift Sport will be a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that churns out a maximum of 140 BHP. The car will also get stiffer suspension set-up and direct steering that will be loved by the enthusiast fraternity of India. This one will take on the Punto Abarth.
The flagship sports car of Nissan will officially debut in India next month. The company has already started taking bookings for the GT-R and there is nothing that will make the rich enthusiasts more happy than the arrival of the GT-R in India.
The track focused car draws power from a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that churns out a maximum of 562.2 BHP of maximum power and 637 Nm of maximum torque. The car gets an updated 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car also gets state-of-the-art titanium exhaust system for better power and a thunderous exhaust note.
Audi’s most powerful SUV will come next month. Known as the SQ7, the car gets a massive 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine. In addition to the twin-turbos, the car also gets an electric air compressor to support the turbo at lower rpms, thereby reducing the turbo lag.
The Audi SQ7 is one powerful car and can reach 100 km/h from standstill in just 4.8 seconds. The SQ7 also is based on the Q7 but on steroids. The powerful SUV gets blacked out grille and new sporty bumpers to stand apart from the regular variants.