Mercury rises but clearly not enough to keep us indoors this month. We have traveled all the way to Sandakphu, Darjeeling in search of some cool vistas to share with you. And then there was the trip to Croatia to ride some brand new old-school Harley-Davidsons. And there was a drive in South Korea to drive a luxury sedan. You think that's all? Here's what you can read if you pick up the June 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE: The drive up the highest point in Darjeeling district is how Land Rover celebrated its 70 years. And we were there, snaking up a route that only the abilities of a Land Rover could make possible. Overseas, we drive the Kia K900 luxury sedan, while the Rio and Sportage GT get driven closer to home. We test the 2018 Honda Amaze to see what this all-new compact sedan brings to the table. Then there is the big shootout between new entrant Toyota Yaris and the Hyundai Verna, and Honda City. We also see how the Ford Freestyle fares as the latest offering from the Blue Oval. To … [Read more...] about The June 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is now out on stands!
Kashmir. A land so beautiful, it is often dubbed by the locals as Jannat-e-Kashmir. For us automobile enthusiasts, though, Kashmir is also a spectacular driving destination. Which is why 2018 marks the third year of the OVERDRIVE Mercedes-Benz India Winter Drive.GLC 43 AMG and the mighty G63 AMG, also known as the G-Wagon. Parked in the forecourt of The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, our Mercedes-Benz SUVs were the cynosure of all eyes, more so of the participants at this year's Winter Drive. " I just can't wait to get behind the wheel of G-Wagon, " said a beaming Nitin Joseph, a participant from Hyderabad. Calling him and the rest of the participants as enthusiasts would be an understatement, for most of the time, conversations revolved only around cars and motorsport. While some owned Mercedes-Benz or AMG cars, some were on the verge of booking one. The Winter Drive then, was the ultimate test drive, giving them a chance to experience the capabilities of these SUVs in an … [Read more...] about Special feature: 2018 Mercedes-Benz OVERDRIVE Winter Drive
The May 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is out now and we have pulled out all the stops on this one. Things are heating up this summer and we are bringing sensible buyer advice on the cars that are best suited for a hot day. We've tested 34, yes 34, cars to see which one has the best air conditioning and the result will surprise you.Toyota Yaris, Toyota's most important car in a while, and we tell you if this car ticks all the right boxes for a sedan buyer. We've also driven the Tata Nexon AMT, so your cool SUV is also pretty easy to drive now? Read the issue to find out. We at OVERDRIVE love our bikes and we've put up the new TVS Ntorq scooter against the crowd favourite Suzuki Access and the new Honda Grazia. The Honda X-Blade was also with us this month and we tell if its anything more than a Unicorn in fancy clothes.We've set up the perennial Bajaj Avenger 180 against the new kid on the block the Suzuki Intruder 150. Not to forget the Kawasaki Vulcan S, the company's first cruiser for … [Read more...] about The May 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is out now on stands
What the heck is this?" we thought to ourselves when we first extracted the BluArmor BluSnap from its BluBox. But then we read the tag line, keep a cool head and proceeded in a more, erm, scientific manner. The company's representatives say that the brand, BluArmor is into personal cooling solutions and the BluSnap the first product they've released into the market. What it is meant to do, simply, is use a combination of forced ventilation and evaporative cooling to allow commuters remain cool on their trips in and around the city. Future editions will aim to reduce the size of the BluSnap as well as add a host of interesting connectivity features outside of the usual hands-free calling and what have you. Let's look closer, shall we? Who is BluArmor? BluArmor is a brand created by AptEner Mechatronics that was founded by a gentleman called Dr Sundarajan Krishnan (PK). PK, a highly qualified engineer, was part of the founding team and business unit head of the IP business at Cosmic … [Read more...] about On test at OVERDRIVE: BluArmor BluSnap helmet cooler
Summer 2018 is here and the heat is on in the world of cars and bikes too! Must be the launch after launch, especially in the two-wheeler market. While some of this may be due to the ABS and CBS deadline for all new two-wheelers to be sold after April 1, 2018, there has been no slowing down since the Auto Expo in February 2018. Given that you're reading this on a long (Easter) weekend, we are all either out riding/driving or hunting for Easter eggs. So here's a lowdown on the April 2018 issue of your weekend read OVERDRIVE! Meanwhile, in the world of cars, Mercedes-Benz has decided to launch its first BS VI compliant engine two years ahead of the BS VI emission norm deadline, and with its flagship S-Class. There is also the big SUV comparison between the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, and the Lexus NX300h as well as the flagships Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery. Did we forget the Range Rover Velar, one of the most stunning SUVs ever made? We also take a look at the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ignis, … [Read more...] about The April 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is on stands now!
After completely failing to relax last issue as we prepped for the Auto Expo we decided that enough was enough and took a break for this issue. So yes, there is the enormous Auto Expo 2018 report - that's what we were saving energy for, remember? The 2018 Auto Expo has motorcycles like the Hero XPulse 200 as well as the concept motorcycles like the TVS Zeppelin. Similarly, the cars ranged from the ready to launch all-new Honda Amaze and Toyota Yaris to the concepts, like the Kia SP and Maruti's Future S. In the days before the Expo, we also handed out the 2018 CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards, the 18th edition of the top automotive recognition in our industry. The class of 2017 is in the issue! And then to recover, we took a break. Abhay went to Morocco and Thailand to ride the smashing new Triumph Tiger 800 and the cheeky Yamaha MT-09. Shumi rode the new TVS Ntorq 125 scooter and that's after he returned from Valencia having ridden the impressive new Ducati Panigale V4. Harley got Rishabh … [Read more...] about The March 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is on stands now!
India's oldest motorcycle riding school, the TWO Track Riding School by Indimotard and OVERDRIVE has announced its 2018 calendar. This year, the school takes a big step forward by adding new locations. TWO School is now also accredited with the FMSCI, which means students can use their time at the school towards getting their race licences. However, unlike the other schools in India, TWO is not about racing. It's a riding school where the instructors' focus is on riding motorcycles faster and safer. Lap times and race-winning strategy is not part of the curriculum. We use the racetrack because it's the safest, most distraction-free environment to learn the art of motorcycles. The instructors TWO School is led by Indimotard's founder, Anand Dharmaraj. Anand is the youngest 50-year-old you will ever meet. He's raced at the club level in the US - against MotoGP rider John Hopkins no less, rides off-road and conducts tours in India and outside. He also runs Bangalore's sweetest motorcycle … [Read more...] about Indimotard-OVERDRIVE’s motorcycle riding school 2018 calendar is out!
Daniel Ricciardo has conceded that he "tried too hard" in some races as he felt the pressure from his team-mate Max Verstappen.Both drivers were stung by their fair share of reliability issues throughout the 2017 season but, given Verstappen's dominance in qualifying, it is widely-held belief that the Dutchman would have beaten Ricciardo had they had a more reliable campaign with the Renault engine.And the Aussie has now admitted that he overdrove the car in certain races to try and counter the threat."I would say it's pushed me more than anything," Ricciardo told Autosport."Sometimes, like in Budapest, there were a couple of races where I overdrove."I felt it was there and I tried to get too much out of it. But then that's on me."I should know what the limit is and what I need to do to put the lap together."Sometimes I have tried a bit too hard."Verstappen, meanwhile, believes he has also had the beating of his team-mates, even if that is not reflected in the standings."So far I have … [Read more...] about Ricciardo: Verstappen pressure made me overdrive
The Winner of the HP NeoSynth - CAR OF THE YEAR is the Hyundai Verna! http://overdrive.in/reviews/2017-hyundai-verna-1-6d-manual-road-test-review/ The Winner of the HP Racer - MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR is the KTM 390 Duke! http://overdrive.in/reviews/2017-ktm-390-duke-road-test-review/ The Winner of the SCOOTER OF THE YEAR is the Honda Cliq! http://overdrive.in/reviews/honda-cliq-first-ride-review/ The Winner of the MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR Award in the 4-Wheeler category is Maruti Suzuki! The Winner of the MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR Award in the 2-Wheeler category is Honda Motorcycle and Scooters! The Winner of the COMPACT CAR OF THE YEAR is the Maruti Dzire! http://overdrive.in/reviews/all-new-2017-maruti-suzuki-dzire-first-review/ The Winner of the PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class! The Winner of the HP NeoSynth - PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR is the Skoda Octavia vRS! … [Read more...] about Live updates: CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards 2018
If we're completely honest, we were planning to take it easy this issue. So naturally, Murphy kicked into high gear and despite our best efforts, the new issue of OVERDRIVE is tanked up and ready to go. It's waiting for you at the newsstand so your ride can begin! We've got cruisers, sportsbikes, superb SUVs, the new hatchback benchmark and a brand-new section that we are hoping will inspire the living daylights out of you. And that's just a top of the pops summary of the issue. Want to know more? Doers This new feature - you'll see more of these in the future - are very close to our heart as a team. These are stories of normal men and women who got off their lazy chairs and got to work making their dreams come true. We start the section with the story of Anuradha and Manas Dewan who gave up a near-ideal life for a 100-day run through Europe that's changed them. And the story isn't a memory-lane meander either. It's focussed on showing you how easy or hard it was for them - and by … [Read more...] about The February 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is out, rocking, and selling out fast!