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Torque of the town – Big Boy Toyz Gurgaon Showroom

Text & Photos: Bobby Roy

 

When it comes to luxury cars, supercars and the likes, we, the Indian public have got choices, many choices to choose from. If you have the moolah, the brands are here to offer you a super-luxury vehicle tailor-made to your specific requirements.

Now, Big Boy Toyz, a name synonymous with luxury car brands has launched India’s biggest exotic car showroom in Gurgaon recently, and we were there to cover the entire extravaganza, and what an absolute treat it was! This newest (and biggest, mind you!) showroom is a 4-storey one and is located in the Millennium City, Gurgaon. But, apart from the massive size of the showroom, what’s special is that this 36,000 sq-feet multi-storey showroom has a display capacity of well over a 100 luxury cars, with a dedicated Motor-Bar Express and a Work of the art luxury suite to cater to clients from all across the country.
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At the press-conference (From L to R): Ms.Neha Dhupia, Bollywood actress, Mr.Jatin Ahuja (President - BBT) & Mr.Nipun Miglani (Director-Sales, BBT)

At the press-conference (From L to R): Ms.Neha Dhupia (Bollywood actress), Mr.Jatin Ahuja (President – BBT) & Mr.Nipun Miglani (Director-Sales, BBT)

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Catching the BBT personnel in a light, candid moment!

Catching the BBT personnel in a light, candid moment!

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It is important to note that BBT does not deal in cars older than 2012 and done not more than 25,000kms., strictly non-accidental, non-refurbished cars and non-meter tempered cars. Also, it is good to know that each car that they sell has to go through 151 quality control checks which is really comprehensive & stringent pre-procurement checklist. If you are worried about the warranty that these cars offer, well, you can relax as these come with a 15,000kms. warranty and 1-year buy-back agreement. Now, that is a deal which hardly any other so called ‘re-seller’ would provide you with!

Now, if I can be liberal enough to talk about the party that happened; it wasn’t your usual run of the mill affair. With dignitaries & celebrities like Indian Hockey team captain, Mr. Sardar Singh, Mr.Rahul Mahajan, Ms.Neha Dhupia, Mr.Karan Kundra, VJ Anusha, VJ Gaelyn, Deep Money, music director, Harris Jayraj and many more gracing the event, it was an evening to remember. And thanks to Mr.Rohit Nagpal, head, brand & marketing at BBT for inviting me, I was one of the few lucky ones to have been present on this happening evening. I think, I must let these pictures do all the talking.

An evening to remember!

An evening to remember!

A beautiful, bright red Audi R8 V8 at BBT, Gurgaon

A beautiful, bright red Audi R8 V8 at BBT, Gurgaon

The huge crowd that gathered outside the BBT showroom, Gurgaon

The huge crowd that gathered outside the BBT showroom, Gurgaon

Krishnendu Kes, senior journalist & photographer

Krishnendu Kes, senior journalist & photographer

Mr.Rohit Nagpal, head brand & marketing, BBT, with Mr.Harris-Jayraj, music director

Mr.Rohit Nagpal, head brand & marketing, BBT, with music director, Mr.Harris-Jayraj.

An amazing performance & a beautiful evening at BBT

An amazing performance & a beautiful evening at BBT

An amazing performance & a beautiful evening at BBT

An amazing performance & a beautiful evening at BBT

Big Boy Toyz Gurgaon showroom

Big Boy Toyz Gurgaon showroom

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Essentially, with the launch of this showroom, which, undoubtedly is the largest showroom of luxury cars this country has ever seen, Big Boy Toyz is the ultimate haven for automotive enthusiasts looking for performance, style, luxury & beauty. And one just needs to be there at the showroom to actually believe these words!

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BonkersVille – KTM Duke 390 road-test

KTM Duke 390

The time couldn’t have been more perfect; the overcast skies had just given way for the evening sun, the golden glow from the edge of the helmet signalled a beautiful dusk, while some streaks of dust were blowing around courtesy the cool winds. One ride of this brilliant machine, the KTM Duke 390 and my sweaty palms and forehead were begging for mercy for what lay in-between my legs was a motor that could very well write itself into the history books! I know what you are thinking; after all how can a “mere” 44PS engine be so good or, for that matter so bloody fast? I know you are thinking, it is a motorcycle after all; how fast can it go? I know you are thinking that I have, perhaps, gone bonkers.

With 44PS on tap and a top whack of 160km/hr.+, the KTM Duke 390 is anything but normal. Take, for instance, the fact that with a twin cam, 4-valve configuration, nikasil coated cylinders, forced lubrication and vertically stacked transmission shafts, which is so KTM-ish, this thing manages an absolutely staggering 300bhp/ tonne. That is just phenomenal, and it is the least I could say!

Yes, it might seem like your Duke 200, but let me make it crystal clear, that is where the comparison ends. The KTM Duke 390 shows us what practical performance means, it shoves us in the face with pure power and brutal acceleration, and a hundred things more. I need to settle down for my nerves are still tingling with the wonderful sensation. A bike like the 390 Duke can give, even the seasoned riders all the power they would ever need to go as fast as they possibly could think of on public roads. When I say, there would be absolutely nothing that we bikers could crib about as far as performance is concerned, I say the truth.

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

With the KTM Duke 390, what KTM has effectively done is, they have raised the bar of motorcycling (especially Indian motorcycling) to an entirely new level; it is the perfect mix of usable power, a brilliant price and a wonderful feel of being satisfied with your machine. First glances can be deceptive; for someone who is looking at the 390 Duke for the first time, it might seem a carbon-copy of the Duke 200. Even when you take it out on the roads for a spin, there are hardly any eye-balls which will take a second look at the machine. They probably will think it to be a Duke 200, after all. But, if you look a little closely, changes are apparent. There are the 390 decals on the fuel tank, the ABS equipped disc rotors, those gorgeous little hand guards and a slightly fatter rear tyre. Quality has not been compromised on, and I, during my short stint on the Duke 390 failed to find any faults on the machine, quality wise.

As much as I am happy with everything else on the Duke 390, I was a little disappointed from the sort of localization that Bajaj has done with it. From the branding to the handle grips and the switch-gears (which has been sourced from the Pulsar), and many other small bits on the machine which have been sourced locally. Now, there is nothing really wrong in doing it; adversely, it does bring the prices down. Howsoever, upset I was, I am happy to say that Bajaj has not compromised with the quality of the localized parts at all.

Enough talk about boring tid-bits, let’s get down to riding it! It doesn’t matter if you are looking at simply pottering around town or are looking at blasting down that favourite highway of yours, the KTM Duke 390 is up for all that and much more. When ridden slowly, it’s as docile as you could possibly think of, but when the throttle is opened wide, this thing is an absolute maniac of a machine! I mean how else can you describe a 0-100km/hr. time of 5.5 seconds odd; that’s almost the sole territory of some big boys (read fast 4-wheelers) and those things cost the Earth! As long as you are below that 4k RPM mark, you feel that the machine is somewhat unhappy; it just urges you to wring the throttle a little more. And as you pass the 6k RPM mark, there is a certain push like someone has kicked the crap out of the machine, and there is just no looking back from thereon. This machine blasts past everything else on the roads like there is no tomorrow. However, a word of caution for the newbies – please don’t just wring the throttle wide open, for the Duke 390 will let you taste dust in no time whatsoever.

As far as the gearing is concerned, KTM has done a brilliant job, really. The first 5 gears are spaced out perfectly to be able to potter around town or blast down the roads, while the 6th gear is ample tall. What this essentially mean is that you can cruise at a lazy 120km/hr. on the speedo while the engine has enough juice left in it, incase you decide you want some more thrill. I weigh in at 62kgs, and with me onboard, hitting the 2nd gear at a fast pace meant the bike did wheelie a couple of times. This was a little unexpected, but a LOT of fun indeed. This machine has a lot of surprises in store for a rider who can really ride her hard; surprises which I am sure will surprise even the most hardcore performance enthusiast, let alone a newbie! Overall, the mill of the Duke 390 is an absolute crazy, high-revving, adrenaline pumping unit which should keep you happy for a long time to come. If you think that this is not really a practical machine which can be ridden on a daily basis, I would really suggest you either take a test-ride and be beaten at your own words, or better still, just take a hike.

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

KTM Duke 390

Braking on the KTM Duke 390 is another of its huge plus point. It is taken care of by the Bosch 9MB 2-channel ABS system and comes as standard in the awesome package that the 390 has to offer, overall. Ofcourse, there is the switch to turn ABS off, but I don’t really see a point in turning such an important safety feature off. Front brakes have a single 300mm disc with radial mounted 4-piston caliper, complete with ABS, while at the rear a 230mm disc does the job with single piston caliper and ABS.

Verdict

All was well in the KTM land, but then it decided to throw in another big surprise – the pricing! With an on-road price of Rs.2 lakhs, this thing screams value for money. No other manufacturer in this country offers anything even remotely close to this machine, at double the price! With a price-tag like that, Bajaj has absolutely hacked the competition dead center, where it hurt them the most. This price, as I see it will be really hard for the competition to match up, really. If you are looking to get a new machine, and can afford a 2 lakh rupees bike, then you don’t really need to look any further than a spanking new KTM Duke 390.

As the sun set, and my ride came to an end, I couldn’t help but wonder what a machine this has turned out to be. All that hooplah before the launch was so worth it. With this, KTM has delivered a knock-out punch on the face of their competition. This evening might have come to an end, but it sure is a new dawn for Indian motorcycling. Thanks to the guys at Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, the word ‘bonkers’ just got a new meaning altogether.

* A special thanks to KTM Gurgaon, for providing the KTM Duke 390 for road-test and photo-shoot.

*Also, a huge word of thanks to Manfrotto, for providing with tripod and photographic support.

Film-stars and the craze within…

Chennai Express

It wouldn’t really be putting things out of proportion if I said we as a country are absolutely crazy about two things, majorly, Cricket and movies or rather the film stars, really. It is not everyday that somebody like me gets to meet stars like Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rohit Shetty and the likes; so, when opportunity presented itself, I just couldn’t reject. They were in the Capital to promote their upcoming film, “Chennai Express” and thanks to limited entry to the media courtesy special invites only, and other important guests, the number of people present for a special interview session were only a handful, and I got to really feel the real atmosphere once we all (the stars, and I among others) moved out. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. The 4 floors of the mall was completely jam-packed, and it was just impossible to even move one step, forget anything else. It was almost an atmosphere which one needs to see to believe.

Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone & Rohit Shetty in New Delhi for Chennai Express promotions

Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

 

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

Sharukh Khan

Now, I don’t really know why the film-stars of our country are praised like Gods, may be that’s because of some social reasons whereby Hindi movies have almost created an larger than life image of these stars, or perhaps some other crazy phenomenon, but it was just unbelievable. I barely managed to snap these 2 pictures just to give you an idea of the crowd and what crazy atmosphere it was. The number of people you see in these pictures is just an tip of the proverbial iceberg. I cannot even begin to calculate how many pair of eyes were gawking and vying, jostling for space just to see their fav. stars performing live infront of them. I am sure it would’ve almost been an opportunity of a life-time for many of them (going by their reactions). Age group was a no-bar, there were kids aged 3-4 to elderly people who must be atleast 70+ years of age fighting for space.

The stars came, they performed, they conquered and set the stage on fire. The entire crowd present there were going absolutely mad; crazy, really. I have had the opportunity to shoot quite a few stars in my career (whether it be exclusively, or for any specific event, etc.), and each time I have wondered what makes us praise them like crazy. May be cinema as a mass media has greater reach to every nook & corner of this big country, especially the male leading stars almost control the mass affection & adulation, mostly from their fan associations in particular and also on the basis of their talent & performance ofcourse.

Deepkia Padukone

Shahrukh Khan

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone

I haven’t been to Hollywood, or even seen the kind of craze those guys have for their stars, but whatever the case might be, we are a bunch of crazy people. Now, when I say “crazy”, I don’t mean it in a bad way, but there are times when I have seriously wondered how does it feel to be on the other side of the fence? To see lakhs of people who would give their lives (well, almost!) to get one glimpse of their favourite stars? How would it feel to have all that affection & love? I cannot even begin to fathom; all I can say is I am, as a matter of fact, one of those crazy fans. I rest my case.

Shahrukh Khan

Rohit Shetty

Shahrukh Khan

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