Snapshot – Many petrol cars love to be revved to the moon. They may not be great on traffic infested city street though as high revving motors usually don’t produce big torque at lower rpms. However, petrol engines really come into their own at the higher reaches of the rev band. India has a wide variety of petrol cars available in the sub-10 lakh rupee segments. A few of them go like stink and are absolute top speed chasers. We take a look at India’s fastest petrol car priced under 10 lakh rupees, and three other alternates that’ll satisfy your speed cravings.
Honda City i-VTEC
The Honda City, except the Dolphin edition, has always been a petrol head’s fantasy. Japanese automaker Honda is known for making super smooth petrol engines that love to be revved. The 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine in the latest generation Honda City is no different. This motor makes 118 Bhp and 145 Nm. With a five speed gearbox and a 7,000 rpm rev limit to play with, the Honda City is the car to be in if chasing top speeds is your cup of tea. If you keep the revs up and the faith, the City can take you a top speed of 195 Kph, or so Honda claims.
The Honda city is also one of the fastest accelerating cars in the sub-10 lakh rupee space, with a 0-100 Kph run coming in a little over 10 seconds. When it comes to looks, modifications ideas for the Honda City range from Mugen and Modulo branded body kits. For squeezing out more performance, you can opt for a custom remap, a free flow exhaust, a high flow air filter and a cold air intake. The more adventurous can even take the turbocharging route to nearly double horsepower and torque.
Suspension from Bilstein or TEIN will help the City be more planted at higher speeds. The car’s prices start at 7.53 lakh rupees, making it brute value. Don’t like the Honda City? Here are 3 other fast petrol cars that you can opt for.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
The Volkswagen Polo is a very well built car, and in GT TSI guise, the hatchback is also powerful and safe. If high performance sedans don’t appeal to you, the Polo GT TSI is a car that will keep you interested. The car uses a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 103 Bhp-175 Nm tap. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox helps transmit torque to the front wheels of the hatchback.
The hatchback is a very popular car among petrolheads, and is also quite popular among modifiers. Remaps for the turbo petrol engine can push torque to nearly 250 Nm, which is the safe limit for the DQ200 DSG gearbox. Free flow exhausts, low profile rubber on taller alloy wheels and a slew of other cosmetic modifications can transform the looks of the Polo GT TSI into a very unique hatchback. The Polo GT TSI is priced at 8.48 lakh rupees.
Fiat Linea T-Jet
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The Fiat Linea T-Jet is another turbocharged petrol car with a strong torque band. With 207 Nm of peak torque, the Linea is also the most powerful petrol car in the sub-10 lakh rupee segment. However, the car also weighs quite a bit. The heavy weight, while giving it superb stability on both straights and corners, does make a touch slower than the City and the Polo when it comes to an outright top speed. 186 Kph is what Fiat claims for the Linea.
Where the Linea T-Jet really excels though is in the low and mid range rpms, which is where most of us will find ourselves in. The engine has an explosive mid range that makes good use of the manual gears. A hydraulic power steering that delivers good feedback, a pliant ride and an very stable suspension set up means that the Linea T-Jet is a very involving car to drive spiritedly. The Linea T-Jet carries an ex-showroom price of 7.99 lakh rupees.
Volkswagen Vento TSI
If you want a car that has a decent back seat for your family, the Vento TSI comes out ahead of the Polo GT. The Vento TSI is essentially the larger, more spacious, sedan version of the Polo GT. Sharing its engine with the hatchback, this sedan touches a top speed of 185 Kph, which mainly comes down to the extra weight it needs to deal with. Power and torque figures of the 1.2 liter TSI engine, and the gearing are identical to that on the Polo. The Vento TSI’s prices start at 9.85 lakh rupees.