Snapshot – Kollywood Movie star Ajith Kumar is India’s very own Steve Mcqueen. Ajith’s first love was motorsport, for which he had to take many off track jobs to support. Shooting ad films was one of them, and this eventually led him to become a movie star.
Even while being engrossed in the movie business, Ajith Kumar has managed to find time for motor racing, competing in top draw events such as Formula BMW and more recently, Formula2, which is a budding ground for F1 racers. Today, we take a look at Ajith Kumar’s cars and superbikes that he’s seen in, off the track.
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The Honda Accord V6 engined luxury sedan is Ajith’s daily drive machine. The car is a Japanese luxury barge that is a best seller globally. While the Accord has been taken off the Indian car market temporarily, it was a top seller until it was pulled off. The one that Ajith owns features a 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, which puts out 275 Bhp and 339 Nm. The engine powered the front wheel of the car through a five speed automatic gearbox. When it was still sold here, the car commanded a price tag close to the 30 lakh rupees mark.
BMW 7-Series 740 Li
Another daily drive car that Ajith is seen in is the BMW 7-Series 740 Li luxury saloon. The 7er is BMW’s top end luxury offering in India, and globally. The car is powered by a 3 liter, twin turbo, inline 6 petrol engine with 326 Bhp and 450 Nm on tap. An 8 speed automatic gearbox transmits all that torque to the rear wheels of the car. The 740 Li variant is no longer sold in India and the version that Ajith owns is the pre-facelift model. It used to carry a price tag of around 87 lakh rupees.
More than cars, Ajith’s speed thrills come from motorcycles. Here’s a quick look at the movie star and racer’s motorcycle fleet.
The Aprilia Caponard is the actor’s latest acquisition. The Italian steed is a dual purpose motorcycle that can take the rough with the smooth. Essentially an SUV among the motorcycle lot, the Caponard sold in India is a CBU import and is priced at 19 lakh rupees. The motorcycle uses a 1,200cc V-Twin petrol engine with 128 Bhp and 116 Nm on tap. The motorcycle can hit 100 Kph from standstill in 5.4 seconds while top speed is a very fast 225 Kph. The real way this motorcycle is to be enjoyed is by going on intercontinental tours though.
BMW S1000 RR
The S1000RR is BMW Motorrad’s flagship high performance motorcycle and one of Ajith’s favourite rides. The actor has been spotted enjoying this superbike on Chennai streets and has even ventured on longer interstate biking trips. Riding such a motorcycle requires a high level of fitness, which the actor obviously has. The S1000 RR is priced at 27.5 lakh rupees. The superbike uses a 1 liter, 4 cylinder petrol motor with 193 Bhp and 112 Nm on tap. The 0-100 Kph sprint is achieved in a blinding 3 seconds while top speed is over 320 Kph.
BMW K1300 S
Another BMW motorcycle that Ajith owns is the K1300 S. This motorcycle is a sporty grand tourer, which is much less visceral than the focused, razor sharp S1000 RR. The K1300 S is a more relaxed machine, with a 1.3 liter-4 cylinder four stroke petrol motor that makes 170 Bhp and 140 Nm. All that torque means that this grand tourer can really get a move on when that right hand is twisted. How does a 0-100 Kph run of 2.8 seconds sound? Top speed is equally impressive, at 273 Kph. The K1300 S is priced at 21.8 lakh rupees. Ajith Kumar rode all the way from Pune to Chennai on this very motorcycle, and that’s a testament of this machine’s mile munching abilities.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14R
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14R is another mad machine and one of the fastest from the Japanese bike maker. The motorcycle is priced at 17.66 lakh rupees in India, and until the arrival of the supercharged H2, was the flaghship Kawasaki sold in India. A rival of the Suzuki Hayabusa, the fearsome Ninja Z14 R uses a 1.4 liter, inline four cylinder petrol motor with massive outputs of 209 Bhp and 166.5 Nm. A heavy bike, at 265 kilograms, the weight of the Ninja ZX 14R gives it the much needed high speed stability. This machine is capable of doing 300 Kph easily.