Snapshot – Akkineni Nageswara Rao is a doyen of the movie industry in Andhra Pradesh, popularly known as Tollywood. His son, Nagarjuna, is a superstar of his era, while grandsons Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni are two, young rising movie stars.
And this family’s taste in cars is legendary. Sample this. In the past, Nagarjuna has owned a 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo, the Datsun 240Z and superbikes such as the Honda CBR Fireblade and the Kawasaki Ninja GPZ 1000. Today, we head into the Nagarjuna garage, to check out what drives one of Tollywood’s foremost film families.
Nagarjuna’s daily ride is a BMW 7-Series 730Ld, a black coloured luxury saloon that’s been done up with additional black elements. A mean looker, this car is often seen in the garage of the rich and famous. The 7er is also available with a hefty V12 petrol engine as its range topping variant. But the most popular variant is the 730Ld as it is combines ample performance and luxury, with excellent fuel efficiency.
The Audi A7 is no longer sold in India, but the coupe version of the A6 is one of the sharpest looking Audi sedans ever built. Nagarjuna has one, and in the process has joined Mollywood’s mega star Mammootty, who is often seen his own A7.
The BMW M6 is the fastest daily driver in Nagarjuna’s fleet. The car is a four door coupe that seats four and that can reach blistering speeds. A five liter V10, naturally aspirated engine (500 Bhp-520 Nm) used to power the previous iteration of the car, the one that Nagarjuna owns. Top speed? Electronically limited to 250 Kph. 0-100 Kph? 4.8 seconds.
Range Rover Vogue
The young gun of the Nagarjuna family and the first born of the actor Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya has a collection that eclipses that of his father. The previous generation Range Rover Vogue is a luxury SUV that this rising movie star is often seen in.
Occupying pride of place in the Naga Chaitanya fleet is the Nissan GT-R 530, an everyday supercar from the land of the rising sun. No garage queen this, the Nissan GT-R owned by the actor is seen on Hyderabad roads regularly, and also on the occassional trackday. Ferrari F430 The Ferrari F430 is another supercar exotic owned by the Nagarjuna family. The car has been one of the most popular Ferraris worldwide, in the same vein of the Lamborghini Gallardo. Ferrari no longer builds the F430, making this supercar a keeper.
Range Rover Autobiography
The Range Rover Autobiography is another daily driver that Naga Chaitanya is seen is, and one that brings bespoke luxury to the SUV segment. The vehicle is even more expensive than the Porsche Cayenne that is also a part of the Nagarjuna fleet, with the range starting from a hefty 2.18 crore rupees. The Autobiography variant costs an additional 40 lakh rupees for the diesel.
Mercedes Benz G63 AMG
The latest addition to Naga’s garage appears to be the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG. The sports SUV is powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes 571 hp and 760 Nm of torque. Best way to cover ground in style? You bet!
Akhil Akkineni is the youngest member of the Nagarjuna family and one who’s just entered moviedom. A Skoda Superb is what Akhil drives around in. The Superb offers limousine comfort at a price that’s unmatched by its competitors. A new Superb is due next year.
Nagarjuna owns a Porsche Cayenne, and his Amala is seen being driven around in it. The Cayenne represents the very best in the SUV world, as a package that combines luxury with performance befitting the Porsche badge. The Cayenne is sold in India with a wide variety of engines, with the range starting from a turbo diesel motor, going up to powerful turbo petrols. The Cayenne also happens to be the second most expensive luxury SUV in the country, next only to the Range Rover Autobiography.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
The thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who breathed his last a year ago, used to be driven about in a BMW 5-Series in the autumn years of his life. While he finished off with a movie called Manam before hanging his boots up for eternity, the last car he was photographed with was a white BMW 5-Series 530d luxury sedan, a car that was designed by Chris Bangle. The F10 BMW 5-Series has since replaced it in the Indian car market, and is one of the most popular sedans in the German lxury car maker’s global line up.