Mandovi Motors is one of the most prominent names in the automotive industry of South India, for it is the first-ever authorized dealer of Maruti Suzuki in Karnataka. Mandovi Motors started its operations in 1984, and since then, it has remained a prominent Maruti Suzuki dealer in the cities of Bengaluru and Mangaluru.
Currently, Mandovi Motors is helmed by Sanjay Rao, who is an avid auto enthusiast and owns some of the most desirable and sporty cars in his collection. Here’s a look at all of his cars:
Porsche Panamera S
Sanjay Rao uses a first-generation model of Porsche Panamera S as his daily driver, in which he is mostly chauffeured to his office daily. He owns the Panamera S in a shade of black, which is one of the most elegant looking colours for the four-door coupe from Porsche.
The first-generation Porsche Panamera S was the most affordable model in the Panamera lineup to get the 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine. Mated to a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, this engine makes 400 PS of power and 500 Nm of torque.
Porsche 911 GT3
The yellow-coloured Porsche 911 GT3 is one of the most loved cars by Sanjay Rao. The 911 GT3 is a high-performance version of the standard 911, which has a sportier aura both in terms of visual appeal and performance best enjoyed on a track.
The version of the Porsche 911 GT3 owned by Sanjay Rao is the 991.2 GT3, which was sold in India between 2017 to 2019. This rear-wheel-drive sports car has a 4.0-litre flat-six petrol engine, which is coupled to a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox and produces 500 PS of power and 460 Nm of torque.
Audi R8 V10 Coupe
Another German supercar in which Sanjay Rao is frequently seen is his bright orange coloured Audi R8 V10 Coupe. This is the first generation version of the Audi R8, which was sold in India till the second generation model made its global debut worldwide.
Sanjay Rao owns the more powerful V10 Coupe version of the Audi R8, which is powered by a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 petrol engine. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic and pumps out a maximum power output of 523 PS and a maximum torque output of 530 Nm.
BMW M2 Competition
The BMW M2 Competition was launched in India as a gateway model to the M range of performance-oriented cars from BMW. Sanjay Rao was smitten with this car as well, which is why he went on to add a blue-coloured M2 Competition in his garage.
Currently, the BMW M2 Competition is one of the most affordable two-door sports coupes in India. It is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, which breathes out 410 PS of power and 550 Nm of torque. Since the start, it has been available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.
The Ford Mustang is one of the dream cars of several auto enthusiasts for the sheer power and road presence it delivers. The car was on sale in India officially for a brief period, and Sanjay Rao also owns one in a stunning shade of red. The car is customized a bit with black racing stripes running in its middle across its length and “77” decals on its doors.
The Ford Mustang was available in India in a single coupe variant with a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine under its long hood. Mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the engine makes 400 PS of power and 515 Nm of torque.
Sanjay Rao’s admiration for sporty-looking coupes made him buy a second-generation Audi TT. However, unlike the flashy colours of other coupes, the Audi TT in his garage is in a simple-looking shade of white, with custom ‘77’ decals on its door panels.
The second-generation Audi TT sold in India was available with a single powertrain option of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces a maximum power output of 210 PS and a peak torque output of 350 Nm.
A grey coloured Maserati Levante diesel is one of the latest acquisitions by Sanjay Rao in his car collection, and happens to be the only luxury SUV in his garage. The Levante is one of the most beautiful looking luxury SUVs available in India.
The Levante owned by Rao is a diesel-powered version, which was available on sale in India till the deadline date for the sale of BS4 vehicles. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine of this Levante was available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and produced maximum power and torque outputs of 275 PS and 600 Nm respectively.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
The Maserati Levante is not the only SUV owned by Sanjay Rao, as he also owns a white-coloured Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV. The Grand Vitara was the flagship offering from Maruti Suzuki at one point in time, which was not a popular model in terms of sales but had a special fan base among enthusiasts.
Rao owns the automatic version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, which used to come with a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The maximum power and torque outputs of this engine were rated at 165 PS and 225 Nm respectively.
Maruti Suzuki Kizashi
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Another premium offering from Maruti Suzuki present in the car collection of Sanjay Rao is the Kizashi midsize sedan. The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi owned by Rao is also finished in a shade of white, which makes it look elegant and sporty at the same time.
The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi shared its 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with the Grand Vitara, which here in the sedan used to produce revised performance outputs – 178 PS of power and 230 Nm of torque. The choice of transmission was also different, as it had a CVT instead of a 4-speed automatic.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift owned by Sanjay Rao might be the smallest car in his collection. However, make no mistake, as this is not your everyday Swift. Based on the third-generation VXI variant, this Swift has been heavily customized with a custom yellow paint with black highlights, a custom exhaust system and alloy wheels and revised front and rear profiles to make it resemble the very popular Swift Sport.
Under the skin, this customized Maruti Suzuki Swift gets the same 12-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox, which makes 83 PS of maximum power and 113 Nm of maximum torque.