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16 GREAT cars that will make you drool

Last updated on: December 1, 2010 19:15 IST

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The Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 million) plus car segment of the Indian car market is growing at a phenomenal pace.

Carmakers like Porsche, Rolls Royce, Bentley, etc have a number of products to offer in this segment.

So here is a look at some of the super luxury cars in the country apart from Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

Volkswagen Touareg

It will be available in both petrol and diesel engine.

The petrol version will be powered by a 3.6L, V6 petrol engine that produces 280PS power and accelerates the car to the 100kmph in just 8.6 seconds.

It can touch a top speed of 216kmph.

The diesel model will be equipped with a 3.0L, V6 TDI engine the offers maximum power output of 240PS and helps touch the 100kmph mark in just 8.3 seconds and has a maximum speed of 204kmph.

The car is priced at Rs 51,85,000 - Rs 51,85,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Volvo XC90

The car is available in three different types of engines - 3.2 AWD, V8 AWD and D5 AWD.

The 3.2 AWD is powered by a petrol engine with a capacity of 3192 cc displacement.

The in-line engine with Variable Valve Timing, Variable intake system, six-cylinder and DOHC valve configuration is very fuel efficient.

This 3.2 AWD petrol engine is packed with both six-speed Geartronic Transmissions that delivers an impressive power of 175 Kw at 6200 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 3200 rpm.

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The V8 AWD is a petrol engine with 4414cc displacement, In-line type engine with 8 Cylinders, Variable Valve Timing, Variable intake system and higher torque.

This petrol engine is also packed with standard six-speed Geartronic Transmission.

The highly powerful petrol engine is very efficient and produces an impressive power of 232 Kw at 5850 rpm and a torque of 440 Nm at 3900 rpm.

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The D5 AWD is a diesel engine with 2400cc displacement, in-line type V5 turbo charged diesel engine, which is packed with CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection) fuel supply system that offers better performance and efficiency.

The D5 AWD engine is endowed with six-speed Geartronic Transmission and six-speed manual transmission gearbox.

This powerful diesel engine provides an impressive power of 136 Kw at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 400 Nm at 2750 rpm.

It is priced at Rs 45,00,000 - Rs 52,00,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota has launched only a massive 3.0-litre D4 diesel, which has a fearsome 173PS of maximum power at 3400rpm with 410Nm of maximum torque.

The big, toothy grille, subtle-but-evident body armour and the sheer volume of the car makes all heads turn in its direction.

Very little noise filters into the cabin and its very well kitted, with a full range of airbags, dual-zone climate control and heated, powered seats.

Its 173PS max power coming in at 5200rpm and 410Nm of max torque at 3800rpm flexing muscle through every bulge.

It is priced between Rs 53,28,000 - Rs 53,28,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Nissan 370Z

It is a dream sports car that come in two variants with both manual and automatic transmission option.

It is powered by 3.7L, 3696cc, V6, CVVTCS (Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System) with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology on intake valves due to which the engine performance is enhanced.

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The car is as powerful as any sports car is expected to be, its engine produces 332Bhp power at 7000rpm with 365Nm of maximum torque at 5200rpm enabling Nissan 370Z to reach the 100kmph mark in just 6.8 seconds.

The top speed of the car is 257kmph.

It is priced at Rs 53,50,000 - Rs 54,50,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Porsche Cayenne

The company has launched five models - Cayenne, Cayenne S, Caynne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S Hybrid.

The Cayenne S Hybrid is a really sophisticated car.

It has a parallel full hybrid drive system that takes care of the fuel consumption.

The car consumes about 8.2 litres/100 kilometres.

On the other hand there is the Cayenne Diesel that gives you the output of 240 bhp three-litre V6 bringing down fuel consumption by 20 per cent.

Like other carmakers Porsche is also being fuel efficient and offering better fuel efficiency.

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The Cayenne S with its 4.8 litre V8 power unit is pretty impressive.

Even the 500bhp Cayenne Purbo has brought down its fuel consumption by 23 per cent - the 4.8 litres V8 turbo consumes just 11.5 litre/100 km.

The German luxury car maker launched its second-generation Cayenne and priced it at Rs 65.82-lakh to Rs 1.27 crore in India (ex-showroom).

A model wise car price structure is Cayenne (Rs 65,82,000), Cayenne S (Rs 78,62,000), Caynne Turbo (Rs 1,27,10,000), Cayenne Diesel (Rs 59,22,000) and Cayenne S Hybrid (Rs 75,46,000). All prices are ex-showroom.

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Volkswagen Phaeton

It comes loaded with features like draft-less four-zone climate control air conditioning system, air compressor suspension system, standard four wheel drive option and an option to select the preferred ride type.

The Volkswagen Phaeton is launched in both petrol and diesel engine options.

The car's 3.0L, V6 TDI diesel engine with six speed manual transmission gearbox produces 240PS of maximum power and the 6.0L, W12 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission gearbox generates 450PS of maximum power.

Volkswagen Phaeton's diesel model offers a mileage of 8.3kmpl in the city and 12.8kmpl on highway.

And the petrol variant offers a 4.7kmpl mileage in city and 8.5kmpl on highway.

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Porsche 911 series

The 911 series finally came to India this year.

With 530 hp of power with its six cylinder, rear engine lay-out Porsche 911 GT2 is a joy to drive.

It produces torque of 505lb.-ft. at the rate of 2200-4500 rpm and has a top track speed of 204km/hr.

On the other hand, the Turbo S is designed to be a notch above the 911 Turbo model.

It is a display of unimaginable power, performance and driving dynamics.

The 911 Turbo S has a six-cylinder boxer boosted by two exhaust gas turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, with an increase in power over the 911 Turbo by 30 to 530 bhp (390 kW).

The car's 700 Nm maximum torque (516 lb-ft) is best in its class.

The 911 Turbo is priced around Rs 1.87 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and at approximately Rs 1.90 crore in the rest of the country.

While 911 Turbo S Cabriolet would cost almost Rs 2 crore in Delhi and about Rs 2.04 crore elsewhere in India.

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Jaguar XJ

The engine at the heart of the machine is a 5.0 L V8 petrol AJ V8 GEN III.

It pumps out 385 PS of peak power at 6,500 rpm and develops a maximum torque of 515 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

The powertrain's super power is transmitted through ZF six speed automatic transmission, which also enhances handling of the vehicle.

The top speed of the vehicle is 250 km/h.

The sprint of 0-60 kmph, it just achieved in around four seconds.

It is priced at Rs 95,00,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Maybach

The Maybach comes for a whooping Rs 5.5 crore and it is doing very well in the country. It radiates luxury, elegance, and prestige and can be customised as per the needs of its buyer.

It is available in two variants: 57 and 62 in the country.

The car's interiors are made of fine leather and have a chrome finish.

This car is designed to evoke awe and flaunts the owner's class.

Maybach has a 5.5-litre, V-12, twin-turbo engine with a five-speed automatic transmission, which is capable of producing 550 bhp power and has a top speed of 250 km/h.

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Bentley Azure

This two-seater coupe costs about Rs 3.8 crore and is a much loved toy of the rich and famous.

It is known to deliver good performance and has been designed with utmost finesse.

The ingenious engineering behind the car keeps it a notch above the rest.

It comes with a powerful 5.9-litre engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission, which generate 552 bhp power and has a top speed of 317 km/hr.

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Rolls Royce Phantom and Ghost

The brand has a legacy that makes it a prestige symbol for many.

The Rolls Royce Phantom more than lives up to that image and is considered one of the most extraordinarily designed and stylish cars.

At a price tag of Rs 3.5 crore this is the fourth most expensive car.

It comes with a 6.75-litre V12 all-aluminium engine with a direct fuel injection system and a power output of 453 bhp combined with a top speed of 240 km/h.

While the Rolls Royce Ghost is priced at Rs 1,30,00,000 - Rs 1,30,00,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the Phantom costs at Rs 3,50,00,000 - Rs 3,50,00,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Lamborghini Murcielago

The Lamborghini Murcielago can be yours for Rs 3 crore, the car has great technology and very good looks.

It has high-strength tubular frame made of steel alloy and carbon fibre and comes with a 6.5-litre, 12-cylinder engine capable of producing 631 bhp power.

It has a top speed of 340 km/h.

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Bentley Mulsanne

The company has been very serious about the Indian car market and recently launched new models.

Mulsanne was launched in India for an astonishing Rs 2.9 crore.

It comes in over 625 colours and can be customised as per requirements.

It takes 660 man-hours to make one car as against the 5-6 hours for a normal car.

The car comes with a 6.8 litre twin-turbo V8 engine and includes features like iPod, MP3 connectivity, bluetooth and a SIM card reader.

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Porsche Panamera

The Panamera hybrid would have a 46bhp electric motor with a 329bhp, supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

This is the same engine that does the duty in the Cayenne hybrid.

And just like it this hybrid system would also be able to use the electric motor or the petrol engine, or both for the systems.

After the Cayenne hybrid it's the Panamera hybrid that would be Porsche's second regular hybrid vehicle to be produced.

The non-hybrid version of the car is priced at Rs 1,41,74,000 - Rs 2,01,84,000 (ex-showroom).

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Lamborghini Gallardo

With a gasoline V10 engine it offers a displacement of 5.2L/317 and the direct injection fuel system is capable of delivering 552 Hp at the rate of 8000 rpm.

It delivers a net torque of 398Nm at the rate of 6500 rpm.

The engine is mated with a six speed manual transmission and it comes with a wheel drive option.

The car is priced at Rs 1,55,00,000 - Rs 2,20,00,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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Bentley Continental

The car is available in a petrol version with a 5998 cc capacity engine.

The W type engine of Bentley Continental is packed with six-speed automatic transmission gearbox.

The BU4 level 2 emission level present in the car offers a very clear emission with higher torque and is also very eco friendly.

The engine is very smooth and offers a dynamic performance without any vibrations and noise.

It offers a very impressive power of 630 PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 800 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm.

It is priced between Rs 1,65,00,000 - Rs 2,20,50,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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