World Cup cricket matches in India are celebrated with a lot of joy. The same is true for IPL or Indian Premier League. To support their team, people come up with different ideas. Here, we have a fan of Royal Challengers Bangalore who decided to give a new look to his vintage car.
The name of the fan is Santhosh Sadguru and he owns a Fiat Premier Padmini. It is the 118 NE model which is quite rare. Santhosh has revamped the exterior of the Premier Padmini completely. He has done this to express his love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he hopes that this time the team would be able to win the IPL Cup. On the front it is written, ‘ee sala cup namde’ which translates to “this year the cup is ours.”
On the bonnet, RCB is written twice in a vertical orientation. RCB is the short form of Royal Challengers Bangalore. There are also pictures of Puneeth Rajkumar who is a Kannada superstar. There are also pictures of his father, the Kannada cinema legend, Dr Rajkumar and of Vishnuvardhan, another silver screen great of Kannada. This is not the first time that Santhosh has given a makeover to his vehicle. Last year, he revamped his s Bajaj scooter to show his support for RCB.
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Padmini Premier 118 NE
The Padmini Premier 118 NE was an Indian version of the Fiat 124 that was sold globally. However, Premier decided to change the engine on Premier 118 NE. It was derived borrowed from Nissan and is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine. It was capable of producing a max power output of 52 hp and 79 Nm of peak torque. The engine was known for its refinement. The Premier 118 NE had a top speed of 135 kmph.
In 1996, there was new engine added. It was a 1.3-litre diesel engine that could produce 42 hp of max power. The car was called Premier Viceroy. In 2001, production was stopped because of low demands. People were just not ready to spend money on 118 NE when a more affordable vehicle was available in the Indian market. Yes, you guessed it right, it was the Maruti Suzuki 800 which was selling like hot cakes during that time. Moreover, the Padmini itself was not able to deliver the vehicle on time. It is said that some people had to wait for 6 years to take the delivery.
Tata Motors is the official partner of IPL
Tata Motors and IPL have been in the association since 2018 now. This time, Safari is the official partner whereas last time, Altroz was the official partner. The Safari will be displayed during all the IPL matches. Tata will award Rs 1 lakh to the winner of the player with the highest strike rate of the match.
Safari starts at Rs. 15.02 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 23.32 lakhs ex-showroom. As of now, it is available only with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 170 PS and 350 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. A petrol engine will also launch by the end of this year.
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