Snapshot – Ilaya Thalapathi in Tamil literally translates into ‘young commander’ in English. South Indian movie star Vijay represents the younger guard in the Tamil Film Industry, or Kollywood as it’s popularly known. After the Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth era, younger stars such as Surya, Vijay, Vikram and Ajith Kumar now rule the roost at the box office down south. One of the biggest stars in Kollywood with tremendous mass appeal, Vijay also lives it large when it comes to the cars he owns, drives and gets driven in. We take a look at the half a dozen exotic machines in Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay’s garage, which is one of the better stocked ones among his contemporaries.
A self confessed BMW fan, the X5 is the first German SUV that Vijay bought a few years ago. The movie star owns the second generation version of the BMW X5, the one that had butch styling, with flat slabs instead of the curvier panels on the current generation X5. The version of the X5 that Vijay owns uses the 3 liter, inline 6 turbo diesel engine, and features the xDrive all wheel drive layout.
The inconspicuous Toyota Innova is a daily beater known for its fuss free nature and bomb proof reliability. The MPV is also quite comfortable and rides very well. One such example of the Innova is used by Vijay as his daily beater car. The Innova uses a 2.5 liter-4 cylinder D-4D turbo diesel motor with 100 Bhp-200 Nm on tap. In 6 seater guise, the Innova is a very comfortable machine, even better than SUVs that cost many times more.
The BMW X6 is the latest SUV in Vijay’s fleet, and is one of the sportier sports utility vehicles built by the luxury brand from Germany. The X6 is imported to India as a completely built unit and is instantly recognizable on the road owing to its coupe-like roofline. The X6 sold in India is a diesel powered, with the 3 liter inline 6 turbo diesel motor handling propulsion duties.
Rolls Royce Ghost
One of the few South Indian movie stars to own bespoke luxury with the double R badge, Vijay has been spotted in Chennai, in the back set of his Rolls Royce Ghost. Although the Ghost is least priced Rolls Royce sold in the country, a 2.5 crore rupee price tag doesn’t qualify as cheap, does it? An epitome of luxury and smooth motoring, the Rolls Royce Ghost is powered by a 6.6 liter twin turbo V12 engine with 570 Bhp and 780 Nm on offer.
The Nissan X-Trail is no longer sold in India, but when it still was available here, actor Vijay went ahead to buy himself one. The X-Trail is a highly capable 5 seat SUV, known for its good on road manners and tremendous prowess off the road. The X-Trail sold in India featured a 2 liter turbo diesel engine (150 Bhp-320 Nm), and 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options.
The Audi A8 L is Vijay’s other ultra luxury car that is more understated than the Rolls Royce Ghost. A regular fixture among the rich as a luxury saloon for daily use, the A8 sold in India is suffixed with L, which indicates its long wheelbase form. Audi sells the A8 L with turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines in India. Prices of the A8 start at 1.17 crore rupees.
BMW Mini Cooper S
The Mini Cooper S is by far the sportiest cars in Vijay’s garage. Other big movie stars such as Amitabh Bachchan in the north and Mammootty in the extreme south also own this fun set of four wheels. The Cooper S uses a 2 liter turbocharged petrol engine that pushes out 184 Bhp and 240 Nm, endowing the hatchback with thrilling performance.
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