Tata Motors has been emphasizing that its revamped range of cars such as the Bolt and the Zest will deliver driving pleasure hitherto unseen on Tata cars, and a big chunk of credit goes to racing ace Narain Karthikeyan. The former F1 driver is said to be involved with Tata Motors’ testing program for the revamped range of cars.
The testing program aims to improve driving ergonomics, ride and handling, and steering balance. On the whole, the aim is to engineer the fun-to-drive element into cars built by Tata Motors. The first improvements are likely to be felt in the Bolt and the Zest, both of which are said to feature a lot more character than previous Tata cars.
Both cars ,which feature new top hats, are lined up for launch in the second half of this year. The Zest will be the 1st turbo petrol powered compact sedan in India. Tata Motors has added a slew of segment topping features on this car. Of particular mention is the three driver selectible modes on the Zest Diesel AMT, which consists of Cruise, Comfort and Sport.
These modes change the engine and gearbox response accordingly, bringing a feature that was previously available only on much more expensive cars, to the budget segment. Narain Karthikeyan’s inputs also involve the choosing of tyres and assessing the driveability of the car.
Both the Bolt and the Zest will get turbo petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The automated manual transmission, a new trend in the Indian car industry, will also make its debut on Tata cars through the Bolt and the Zest. The cars will also be offered with a five speed manual gearbox as standard.