Considered to be one of the most popular cricketers from the neighbouring country of Pakistan, Shahid Afridi appears to be a petrolhead too. And not the type who would endorse a bike/car and get over with it, but someone who cherishes owning (and hopefully riding) his machines. Below are the cars and bikes that have been lucky enough to be in Afridi’s driveway, temporarily or permanently.
Yamaha V Star 650
The Star range of motorcycles represents the cruisers in Yamaha’s line up. Sitting right above the entry-level 250 but below the heavyweights (950 and 1300) is the V Star 650. It’s powered by a 649 cc V-Twin engine, comes with a fat 170-section rear tyre, and is a good balance between an entry-level cruiser and something that could prove to be cumbersome to manoeuvre in the city.
Harley Davidson V-Rod
Moving to something larger, and here we have the Harley Davidson V-Rod. But this is no regular Harley, it’s one of the Harleys that broke the mould and turned out to be poster-worthy right from day one. It uses HD’s 1,247 cc V-Twin ‘Revolution’ engine, is almost 2.5 metres long, but is low slung and commands attention like no other bike.
Shahid Afridi hasn’t confined himself to batting or bowling alone, he’s good at both, hence that’s what you would expect from his garage too. Sadly there are no adventure tourers yet, but there’s the Suzuki Hayabusa, which eclipses both the above mentioned bikes and the below mentioned cars. What was once the fastest production bike in the world, the Suzuki Hayabusa now continues to be one of the best ways to travel fast. The current version uses a 1,340 cc inline-four engine that’s mated to a six-speed gearbox, has a 21-litre fuel tank, and 190-section tyre at the rear. Aiding the stability even further is an almost 1.5-metre long wheelbase.
There’s a clear liking for long distance cruisers, because the Bentley too is one. In the Continental GT Speed Convertible guise, the vehicle offers four seats, two-doors, and a convertible room. Unlike the sportscars in its class, the GT Speed is a long distance tourer, with enough power to break the 300 km/h barrier but all of it without troubling its occupants.
The Porsche Panamera – a four-door, four-seater Porsche that won’t look out of place alongside the other cars here but is one of the most exciting to drive. No 911 killer by any means, the Panamera is the extension of Porsche’s line up, that, along with the Cayenne, has been successful in bringing good numbers to the company.
The opulence of other cars might not be enough in comparison to the uniqueness of this one. The RX-8 is the only Wankel-powered (Rotary engine) car here, and until Mazda’s RX-Vision realises, it’s the last one as well. And if you don’t find that interesting enough, then there’s the very special twin-door, and the rather simple styling, which appeals to a lot of JDM fans.
The X5 was developed when the Land Rover brand was under BMW. While they’re no longer under the same roof, BMW managed to successfully showcase that a decent-handling SUV could be made. Over the generations, the X5 has not just improved, albeit with a considerable increase in size. Afridi appears to have the first generation version.