It's the last issue of the year, so we thought of saying goodbye to 2017 with a bang! We've lined up a stunning issue, packed with the stories that'll have you glued to your seat as you read the issue from cover to cover.
The Skoda Kodiaq is the company's first seven seater SUV in India and it has the mighty Ford Endeavour and the bestselling Toyota Fortuner in its crosshairs. The Kodiaq offer a great blend of style, sophistication and build quality. The Endeavour and Fortuner, however, are proven SUVs with a strong fan following in the country. Rohit tries to find out if the Kodiaq can break their stronghold in the SUV market. Since Rohit was driving an SUV, Aditya didn't want to be left behind. So he set out to discover what the new Land Rover Discovery was all about. Last heard, he was gushing about its mad, petrol engine.
Rishabh, meanwhile, went out on a date with two stunning, German cars, the Audi A5 Sportback and A5 Cabriolet. Read our twin test to decide what suits your taste.
Abhay went to Rajasthan to drive the all-new Passat, an important sedan for the German manufacturer as it expands its foothold in the Indian market.
The Ford EcoSport has received a major facedlift and has new petrol heart as well. Abhay flew into to sunny Goa to see what's new. On his way back home, he also stopped to check out the new Mahindra Scorpio. Mini launched the Cooper S JCW Pro recently and he didn't even bat an eye lid when it was time to decide who'd test it. Lijo then flew to Japan for the Tokyo Motor Show and while at it, he managed to drive his first ever Lexus, the LS 500h.
Shumi rode a MotoGP machine in Malaysia during the MotoGP weekend. Well, not the one that Marc Marquez won the championship on, but a close relative. The Honda RC2013V-S or the road legal version of the MotoGP machine. It wans't the only Honda that he rode during his trip. He also sampled the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, CB500X, CB1100EX, CB650F and the Africa Twin manual. He returned to India to experience the Suzuki Intruder 150, the Japanese major's first cruiser that's got its eyes set on the Bajaj Avenger 150's market position. Is it worth it? Find out on page 128. Abhishek Samuel brings you a detailed, first ride report of the new Honda Grazia, a 125cc scooter that's aimed at the Millennials.
Rishabh is not a cruiser kind of person, however, the ride from Banglore to Mumbai via Goa has got him interested. While in Goa, he also stopped by the first ever BMW Motorrad GS Trophy qualifier to find out the trio that'll represent India at the 2018 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy in Mongolia.
We kick off the motorsport section by bringing you a preview of the Indian contingent at the 2018 Dakar, regarded as the toughest rally in the world. We've spoken to both CS Santosh and KP Aravind, and found out what their goals are, and just how hard they've been training for the event. We've got all their thoughts, hopes, and fears for you to read. We then have MotoGP race reports from Australia, Malaysia and Valencia. Shumi, who was in Malaysia for the GP also brings you a 'Behind the scenes' feature that'll give you a peek into what goes on during a MotoGP race weekend.
This and a lot more awaits you at your nearest news stand. Go grab your copy now.