India was listed as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the world in 2017 and the numbers have only gone up since then. Almost every car and bike manufacturer in the world has a presence in our market including biggies like Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ducati and MV Agusta among others. What we don’t have, however, is the proper road infrastructure across the country which could sustain the load of all the cars in our country.
Yamaha r15 v3 close call || accident at 128 kmph speed. - YouTube
Though the road network has seen improvements of late, some of the major challenges that remain to be tackled include jaywalkers, potholes, stray animals and most importantly, poor driving habits of the masses. This is the reason why it is advised to drive under the speed limits in India as it minimizes the risk of getting tangled in an unfortunate situation due to the fault of any of the aforementioned elements. The video below by Gallivanter07 shows a similar scene where a Yamaha R15 V3 rider had a close call with his fate during a highway ride.
As seen in the video, the rider was going at pretty high speeds on a highway which is a common practice across the country. According to the video, the bike was at around 128 km/h at the point of time when the near-miss happened. Two women, who were apparently pulling each other to the opposite side being confused about crossing the road or not, come in way of the R15 rider which is quite terrifying when seen on video. Call it luck or the rider’s skills, a major mishap was prevented and the bike zoomed from in between the two women. Both the rider and the women were quite taken aback by this incident which is pretty natural for anyone who just witnessed a near-death experience.
This is quite a chilling reminder for everyone who drives a car or rides a bike and highlights why one should be under the official speed limits when on road. Usually, Indian highways are capped at 80 km/h while some have a higher top speed allowance of 120 km/h. But most of the vehicles, like this Yamaha R15 V3 here, zoom well past even 120 km/h which often results in unfortunate casualties.
It is not about how well you can drive/rider or how good your skills are on a vehicle. The thing is that if any unpredictable element pops out of nowhere and lands in front of you, one can do nothing but face the wrath of his fate. Even a slight touch by one of the woman could have been fatal for both the rider as well as the women.
All bikes above 125 cc engine displacement in India, therefore, now come fitted with ABS after a government mandate. ABS is a big help in sticky situations like this and can often create a difference between life and death. The government is also working on making our cars safer by the introduction of BNSVAP along with several other norms. However, until and unless we don’t take a step forward ourself and strive to become better riders/drivers, a full reform can’t take place.
Many might argue that the R15 rider here was not at fault and those women are the culprit here but folks, here is the thing. Riding at speeds like 128 km/h on Indian roads is not only punishable by law but is also an utterly dangerous practice that shouldn’t be encouraged. If you want to test your bike’s limits, hit a local track or any abandoned, empty stretch of road with all riding gear in place. That might be a bit tough to follow but will definitely satiate your hunger for speed and performance along with making you a much calmer rider on public roads. We urge all our readers to ride/drive safe and always follow the traffic rules which can help us all build a better India.
Kia officially started taking bookings for its upcoming Hyundai Creta rival yesterday. Called the Seltos, the compact SUV will be launched on the 22nd of August 2019, which makes it abut a month away from now. One of the key areas that Kia seems to have nailed with the Seltos is its exterior body design. The car looks quite aggressive but the overall look does not seem to be overdone. The full LED headlamps and stylish 17-inch alloys further help the case and so does the imposing stance this compact SUV possesses. Now, Shreyas Sreedhar has created a render that gives us an idea about how the Kia Seltos might look like with its roof chopped off, or better to say in its convertible form.
Now the concept of a convertible applied on an SUV is something that many may find hard to digest but to let you know, it is nothing new at all. There have been several convertible SUVs around the world and while most of them were nothing to write home about, a few like the Evoque convertible actually tuned out to be quite decent.
The same has been done to the Seltos here as the compact SUV dons the new topless style effortlessly. The rims on this convertible Seltos have been blacked out and a few minor changes have been made here and there in order to give the car a more sporty look.
The digital illustrator has applied different paint shades to the same render so that people get a good idea about the SUV in its drop-top form. The stock Seltos comes with an electric sunroof on higher-end variants but that gets nowhere close to the feeling of air in the hair which a convertible offers.
Apart from the sunroof, the Seltos will also sport several other features including a 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity with UVO connected car features, flat bottomed steering wheel, ambient lighting, Bose sound system, driving modes, leather seats, ventilated and power-adjustable driver’s seat, air purifier, a 360 degree camera, automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control among others. Several of these features are first in class which is something that will attract buyers to Kia showroom quickly.
Powering the Seltos will be a set of three different BSVI engine options of which two are petrol and one is diesel. The petrol engines on the Kia Seltos include a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated and 1.4-litre turbocharged units. The 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol churns out 113 Bhp-144 Nm and gets a 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes. The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine puts out 138 Bhp-242 Nm and transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine will be a 1.5 litre, turbocharged unit with 113 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine will be paired with 5-speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox.
India, one of the largest and most populated countries in the world offers a horrible experience of the public roads. Due to the high volume of traffic and non-adherence of the rules by the commuters, a chaotic situation develops on the roads, especially during the rush hour. In the past, traffic police and the administration have worked towards bringing the situation under control by imposing various rules and laws. However, the situation never did become better.
The city traffic police of Pune, Maharashtra is now trying out a new way. The cops have tied up with the online delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato to reward the Punekars with discount coupons. While the lawbreakers get fines and challans, the law followers will now get rewards from the cops.
The traffic police force will identify such rule-conscious commuters and motorists and will reward them with up to 50% discount coupons on the spot. The coupons can be used on the online food delivery platform like Zomato and Swiggy.
The new partnership comes under the Aabhar Yojana, which became operational on June 14 this year. This scheme was launched to reward motorists who keep the documents in a proper way. The cops reward the motorists when they stop them at random places and ask for the records. If the motorists successfully show all the records, the cops hand over a 10-digit coupon code. The code is sent directly on the mobile number of the customer, which offers discounts in various forms.
The scheme has become quite popular in the region and in recent times, a lot of people have been rewarded through it. There are at least 10,000 coupons and discount vouchers that have been already distributed as per the Pune Mirror. As per the cops, the motorists who won the coupon used it soon at the food stalls and food orders. This is when the cops decided to continue the scheme. The cops are also tracking the usage of the coupons and depending on the inputs from the partners, they will do the changes in the coming times. The cops also revealed that the coupons were mostly used at Chitale Bandhu, Tiranga Biriyani and Venus Traders.
The police department has said that the scheme is completely funded by the partners and all the discount costs given to the customers are borne by the partners themselves. The initiative is to motivate the road users to abide by the law and reduce the interference by the enforcement by offering such incentives. Cops from other states like Delhi and given free helmets to the motorists without helmets in the past. However, this is the first of its kind scheme in India, which is expected to become more popular in the future.
Maruti Suzuki is positive about discontinuing diesel engines come April 2020, when the much tighter Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms come into effect in India. While a lot of car buyers are likely to miss the sheer torque that the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine offers across many Maruti Suzuki cars, the automaker is said to be readying up turbocharged petrol engines to fill in the gap created by the discontinuation of diesel motors. Currently, Maruti offers a single car – the Baleno – with a turbo petrol engine. The engine in question is a 1 liter-3 cylinder unit, and is called BoosterJet. This motor makes 101 Bhp of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque, and is paired with a five speed manual gearbox. It’s offered in the high performance RS variant of the Baleno. The engine gets turbocharging and direct injection – technologies that cut down on fuel consumption and boost torque. Due to the lower fuel consumption, tail pipe emissions are also curtailed.
After April 2020, more cars such as the Maruti Swift, Ignis, regular variants of the Baleno, the Dzire and possibly even the Brezza compact SUV could hop onto the 1 liter turbo petrol BoosterJet engine. Maruti’s spokesperson hasn’t confirmed this development though. When queried by BusinessWorld about Maruti introducing the turbo petrol engine, here’s what the spokesperson had to say,
The primary reason for us to announce the discontinuation of our diesel vehicles is the extremely high cost of upgrading current BS4 diesel vehicles to BS6 compliant vehicles (by April 2020). The cost increase is expected to be in the range of over Rs. 1 lakh”. We have already introduced two of the popular high-volume models Alto and Baleno with the new BS-VI compliant variants. Progressively other petrol models in our range will be upgraded to BS-VI.
These statements indicate that Maruti doesn’t really need turbocharging and direct injection on its petrol engines for them to meet BS6 norms. Case in point is the Maruti Alto, which received a facelift recently. The Alto is now BS6 compliant. On a similar note, Maruti Suzuki could make its other staple petrol engines: the 1 liter K-Series and 1.2 liter K-Series units BS6 compliant without adding a turbocharger and direct injection. However, for those customers who seek a torque heavy car, turbo petrol engines still make a lot of sense.
In fact, most major automakers have begun betting big on turbocharged petrol engines, and in due course of time, they are likely to become popular in cars across segments. Hyundai introduced its first turbo petrol engine in India with the Venue compact SUV. Tata has already begun offering turbo petrol engines in the JTP trims of the Tiago and Tigor. Mahindra hit the turbo petrol button on the XUV300 while many other car makers are also expected to bring in more turbo petrol engines in the near future. BS6 could be the tipping point for turbo petrols in India.
Maruti Suzuki will launch the WagonR Electric hatchback in 2020. The car has already begun testing on Indian roads with a batch of 50 units. Shashank Srivastava, the executive director of sales and marketing at Maruti Suzuki, confirmed this development. The Maruti WagonR Electric will be the latest variant of the hatchback, which was launched earlier this year in a brand new form factor and platform. The all-new WagonR is already available with petrol and CNG-Petrol dual fuel trims. Later this year, LPG variants of the car will also be made available in many parts of India.
Meanwhile, here’s what the Maruti executive director told CNBC-TV18 when asked about the projected demand for the WagonR Electric,
We will launch electric vehicles in 2020. Currently, we have 50 such vehicles which are tested across the country in different terrains. We are not so sure (about the demand for electric vehicles) and the reason is that it all depends on the battery cost which is very high in electric vehicle; about 50-60 percent of the car cost is the battery and battery cost currently is extremely high. Therefore, we expect the price of EV will be significantly high and Indian consumer is price sensitive and so we will have to see, it’s not very clear, how much the demand will be.
The WagonR Electric is likely to be priced close to Rs. 10 lakhs or even higher thanks to the high cost of batteries. The car is likely to deliver a range of around 150 kilometers per charge, making it primarily a city car. This range should be enough for a lot of city car users and also cab operators who generally have sufficient time to recharge the car during the day. Already, many cab operators have begun inducting the Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor Electric compact sedans into their intra-city fleets. It’ll be a while though before the likes of Ola and Uber will induct electric cars into their fleets in a big way as range anxiety is still a big problem in electric cars. Only when electric cars consistently begin delivering 250-300 Kms of range per charge will they be accepted across both private car buyer and cab fleets in a big way.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has already called tenders to set up 1,000 electric vehicle charging points across the country, and these charging points will be expanded to 3,000 units shortly. The government is also giving tax breaks to electric cars through lower excise duty, zero road tax and registration charges, and also tax benefits on loans taken to purchase electric cars. All these measures are likely to make electric cars more affordable, and are meant to spur more car buyers to opt for them over petrol and diesel cars.
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The shortlist for this article was based on the analysis we ran on July 13, 2019; so, by the time you read this article, there is a good chance that the specific car may no longer be available.
However, this list still provides plenty of useful pointers even if certain specific cars have already been sold out.
As expected, it is Mahindra all the way in this collection, which means:
• There is no catching Mahindra in this segment owing to its strong and suave cars.
• Unlike many other SUV categories, it is the XUV500 that dominates the Scorpio in this list.
Without further ado, let’s check out our top recommendations.
Recommendation #1: Mahindra XUV500 W8 FWD
Year: 2015 / Mileage: 45,541 / List Price: Rs. 1,000,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,448,000
Why buy: In spite of being just four years old, this car has already changed hands three times. Running on diesel and equipped with comprehensive insurance, this SUV comes in a bold black colour. One of the most powerful vehicles in this segment, its high mileage should not be a concern given its endurance, although its price, which just about fits into your budget, could be the solitary bump in an otherwise smooth package.
Year: 2015 / Mileage: 68,765 / List Price: Rs. 900,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,328,000
Why buy: Available with automatic transmission, this car is currently placed with its first owner and runs on diesel. Sporting a soothing shade of silver, this is a stand out car as far as on road performance is concerned. But with the odometer approaching 70,000 kilometers there will be some amount of wear and tear to factor in.
Year: 2017 / Mileage: 54,341 / List Price: Rs. 960,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,238,000
Why buy: Located with its second owner and running on diesel, this SUV comes in an elegant grey and is relatively fresher than the other cars at just two years old. Its age is not warranted, however, by its prolonged stints on the road, which, if the price is right, should not deter you from purchasing this excellent vehicle.
Year: 2016 / Mileage: 66,056 / List Price: Rs. 950,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,258,000
Why buy: Running on petrol, this first owner silver colored SUV has many of the features that distinguish the first three cars on this list, from power packed performance to spacious and comfortable interiors. It is, however, the heavy burden of high mileage and price that pushes it down to second last on this countdown.
Year: 2017 / Mileage: 65,000 / List Price: Rs. 987,840 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,266,000
Why buy: The solitary vehicle on this compilation that is decked up in white, this first owner diesel car is an interesting option, for the simple reason that at just two years old, it has covered a staggering amount of distance. While the price is once again on the hefty side, it remains a feasible choice in this category of fantastic SUVs.
All the cars on this list make for good investments in the future, even though all of them have seen substantial road time. There is a lot of class in cars two and three, both of which have ensured that the gulf between the top car and the rest is minimal for this compilation.
Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has been in news since the past few days for his announcements and decisions regarding the improvements in the Indian motoring conditions. Just recently, the union minister was quoted as saying that Nitrogen should be made mandatory as the tire filling gas in India and that FASTags would be mandatory in four months from now. Now, while replying to a discussion on demands for grants for the Road Transport and Highways ministry in the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said that the toll system cannot be ended and the people will have to pay if they want good services as the government does not have enough funds.
According to a report by ANI, the minister further added that toll charges may change from time to time but a complete end to the collection of the levy will never end. The union road transport and highways minister also added that his ministry has set a four-month deadline for 100% tolling by FASTag or other digital modes to make travel hassle-free at toll plazas. He said:
“The toll system can never end, though rates may vary from time to time. Toll is my brainchild. If you want good services, you have to pay for it. The government does not have money,”
As mentioned earlier, Gadkari mentioned this while responding to a discussion on demands for grants related to his ministry. This was after members of the opposition raised concern on toll being collected on NHs even after a long time of its construction. Usually, it is considered that when the building cost of a road/highway has been collected from tolls, the taxes should be abolished. A few states like Kerala had recently stopped toll collection at several roads and bridges in a bid to ease the burden on taxpayers shoulders.
According to the Gadkari though, those who can pay toll tax should pay it and the money is utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas. More importantly, he went on to say that people have the right to get good roads when they are paying the toll and that he has instructed agencies to penalise erring contractors. He said that he has asked the authorities to build good roads and take care of their condition since the toll is regularly being collected from the road users. Gadkari also mentioned that the department is looking at considering toll exemptions to school buses and state transport buses.
The Union Minister went on to say that the government built 40,000 kilometres of highway in the last five years and the for maintaining and generating enough revenue so as to continue these projects, toll taxes is a must. It now remains to be seen if the tolls will be reduced on roads which have been built long ago or the tolls will remain the same even if the cost of development has been recovered.
Toyota has reframing its Indian business policy of late and the first step towards that was seen in the form of the Toyota Glanza. The rebadged Maruti Suzuki Balneo will be soon followed by a slew of Maruti Suzuki based rebranded cars that will help Toyota establish itself in the sub Rs. 10 lakh segment. With the lower segment sorted, Toyota is now looking at bringing in some new players in the upper spectrum of the market and if the latest input is to be believed, the next car by the company in India could be the Vellfire premium luxury MPV.
According to a Team-Bhp forum discussion, the Japanese manufacturer is eyeing the premium luxury MPV segment in India where the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is the only offering as of now. The Mercedes was launched a few months back in India and has shown impressive sales which pulled the attention of other manufacturers in the segment. Apparently, Toyota has already showcased the Vellfire to several dealers and the car will be brought here in essentially the same spec as sold in Malaysia. This also means that it will be brought in via the CBU route and will feature a 2.5-litre petrol engine.
Talking about the Toyota Vellfire, it is a luxury seven-seater MPV that is based on the Toyota Alphard. Compared to the Alphard, which itself has been coming to our markets since nearly a decade, the Vellfire features a sportier look and a different powertrain along with being positioned a bit lower in the model lineup than the Alphard. The vehicle comes packed with features which include LED headlights, twin sunroofs, blind spot monitor, 7 airbags, full-fledged rear-seat entertainment package, wireless charger, and LED ceiling illumination among others.
The second-row gets captain seats with power recline and Ottoman. Further, the front and second-row occupants have independent controls for the sunroof, as each row of seats has its own glass pane above them. Under the hood of the Toyota Vellfire is a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre 2AR-FE inline four-cylinder dual VVTi engine. This engine pumps out a decent 180 PS of power along with 235 Nm of torque and comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels.
If speculations are to be believed then Toyota will bring the Vellfire in India by this quarter itself. It will have a price tag of around Rs. 75 lakh which will pit it directly against the Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV. Apart from the Vellfire, Toyota is working on the rebadged version of the Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and the Ertiga MPV that will be launched in the coming time. Also, they will be more than just a rebadge job which was seen on the Glanza.
This is not hidden from anyone that Royal Enfield bikes are among the favourite choice of modifiers in the country. The Classic 350 model, in particular, is the hot favourite here due to its relatively affordable price tag, gorgeous design and ease of modification it provides along with the signature RE thump its 350 cc engine possesses. Among the various types of mod themes that can be done on the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bobber and cruiser styles are the most popular due to obvious reasons. The video below by Vampvideo today shows us two modified Royal Enfield bikes.
Royal Enfield modified | into Harley Davidson | Bobber Style | Cruiser Style | Vampvideo | - YouTube
As seen in the video, one of the bikes has been given the bobber treatment while the other has been turned into a cruiser, though the latter seems a mix of a bobber and a cruiser. The bobber has been draped in black and carry body decals in white. Speaking of which, the bobber it runs on stylish multispoke alloy rims shod on aftermarket tires and gets a new tank piece along with a custom full LED headlight. The handlebars are also custom aftermarket unit while the instrument cluster on this bobber is a fully digital circular unit that looks cool and displays all relevant information.
The front and rear fenders on the bobber are custom made units and so is the full-length single-piece saddle. The engine has also been blacked out to add a sporty character to the whole build. Completing the package is a dual piped exhaust unit that sounds pretty good and looks even better. Coming to the Cruiser here, it has a slightly more comfortable riding triangle than the bobber but the paint scheme is all black here too, including the engine.
The wheels here are thicker than on the bobber and are shod on to spoked rims to add to that cruiser look. The fenders at both ends are custom made units while other bits like the headlamps, tail lamps and the handlebars also are new. It looks pretty good and gets an aftermarket silencer to top the whole package off.
Talking about the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bike gets powered by a 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 19.8 Bhp at 5,250 rpm and peak torque of 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission and the bike weighs a hefty 194 kg. As of now, Royal Enfield is working on the new generation models of its entire Thunderbird and Classic lineup. The bikes have been spotted testing several times and are expected to be launched sometime in 2020. The Classic series will sport a ton of changes both in terms of design as well as the mechanicals. The engine output is speculated to see a jump in order for the bikes to be more competitive in their respective segment.
The world leaders, who make the most important decisions in this world face a lot of threats. To ensure their safety, they move around in specialised armoured vehicles. What do these most powerful men in this world use to roam around? Well, here is a list of the ten most powerful people in the world and their rides.
Ram Nath Kovind
Mercedes Benz S600 Pullman Guard
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind moves around in a stretched Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman. Since he’s one of the most important personalities in the world and holds the highest post in the country, he moves around in an armoured version of the vehicle. The S600 Pullman is a massive 21.325 feet long and it is rated VR10 when it comes to protection against ballistics. What does that mean? Well, the car can endure anything from direct bullets from a machine gun to hand grenades while keeping the occupants safe. The vehicle weighs a massive 5,000 kg and is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine that generates a maximum of 530 Bhp.
BMW 760Li High Security
Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses an array of cars for his official travel purposes. While he recently started using a Land Rover Range Rover, his official car remains the BMW 760Li High Security. It is the flagship sedan from BMW with a heavily armoured body that gets a VR10 protection rating. The car also comes with run-flat tyres and secure communication lines for PM’s use on the move. It gets powered by a 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 540 Bhp.
President Donald Trump’s security detail received an all-new Cadillac One, which is the official vehicle of the USA president. Made by General Motors, the Cadillac One is based on the CT6 sedan but the exterior design of the vehicle is inspired by the Cadillac Escalade SUV. The vehicle is heavily armoured and the exact details are not known. However, the car gets its own oxygen supply, secured communication lines and carries essentials to give president full life support in case of an emergency. Cadillac One weighs more than 8 tonnes. There are about 8-10 units of the Cadillac One used by the Secret Service as decoy vehicles.
Chinese president uses the locally-manufactured HongQi N501, which replaced an older HongQi from the line-up. The car is bespoke for the president and is not on sale in the market. The exact specifications of the car are not known but it sure is heavily armoured and gets a powerful engine underneath.
Vladimir Putin, one of the most admired and outspoken presidents in the world received a brand new presidential vehicle recently. The locally-manufactured Cortege Limousine replaced the Mercedes-Benz W211 S-Class Pullman. The exact details of the new limousine are not known but it was developed by firms like Porsche and Bosch.
British Royal Family
Bentley State Limousine
The Queen of the Royal family of England is one of the most respected families in the world. The Queen and her family use the wine-coloured bespoke Bentley limousine developed specially by the British manufacturer. It gets powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 petrol engine.
Jaguar XJ Sentinel
The British Prime Minister uses a bespoke Jaguar XJ Sentinal as her official vehicle. The heavily armoured luxury sedan gets a sheet of Kevlar and Titanium to protect the occupants. It also gets portable oxygen tanks, and a 13mm steel plate on the flooring to save the occupants from the landmines. The car also gets its own ventilation system.
Audi A8 L Security
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses the Audi A8 L Security as her official vehicle. The extended wheelbase Audi A8 gets an extremely high level of armour that can save the occupants from any kind of machine gun firing and grenade hits. The vehicle gets VR7 and VR9 rating and can survive most kinds of guns on earth.
Popemobile based on Mercedes-Benz M-Class
The Vatican’s ex-officio head of the sate, most commonly known as the Pope drives around in a customised M-Class. The car is known as popemobile and has been specially made for the pope to move around in crowded places without fearing any threat. The M-Class gets body armour and for the pope, a special bulletproof and air-tight capsule have been made with its own supply for oxygen. The pope can move around in this customised M-Class without fearing for safety.
Lexus LS600h Armoured
The prime of Japan is a car fanatic. Coming from the land of car manufacturers, the prime minister chose the Lexus LS600h as his official car. The saloon is a very comfortable and luxurious car but for the safety of the prime minister, the car also gets heavy steel armour all around. The Lexus also gets polycarbonate windows to protect Abe Shinzo for any attacks. The Lexus also gets a heavy steel plate under the body to save it from mine attacks. The LS600h is powered by a 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine that develops a maximum of 386 BHP and 498 Nm of torque. Mr Prime Minister also drives around himself in the car inside his presidential estate.