Autocar Performance Show 2018 kicks off In Mumbai

Autocar Performance Show Inauguration

The four-day extravaganza every auto enthusiast in Mumbai awaits every year is the Autocar Performance Show – and it’s back! Now in its 13th edition, the Autocar Performance Show brings the best from the world of cars and bikes under one roof. This year’s show is being held at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, from yesterday and will continue till Sunday, December 16th.

The chief guest at the inauguration ceremony was Narain Karthikeyanthe first Indian to race in Formula 1.

This year, a record number of brands are participating in the Autocar Performance Show including Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Jeep, Skoda, Hyundai, Mini, Renault, Honda, Maruti Suzuki Arena, Ford, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan, Toyota, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Kawasaki, Triumph Motorcycles, TVS Motor, Suzuki Motorcycle India and Motoroyale Kinetic. Two brands have made their Mumbai debut at the 2018 Autocar Performance Show – Kia Motors and MG Motor. Kia has brought in the hot Stinger four-door and the Sportage SUV, while MG provides a glimpse of its model line-up.

At APS 2018, enthusiasts are set to be treated to a comprehensive lineup of supercars, in addition to major manufacturers’ portfolios on display. Some of the cars that promise to thrill the crowds are the all-new BMW M2 Competition, Audi A5 and RS5, Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, Maserati GranTurismo S, Volvo S90, Lexus ES 300h, and the Maserati Ghibli, among many others. There are also plenty of new SUVs such as the incredibly powerful duo of the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and Lamborghini Urus, followed by models such as the Nissan Kicks, Lexus NX 300h, Maserati Levante, Porsche Cayenne and the Volvo XC40 and XC90, to name a few.

Another major attraction at this year’s show is the Supercar Gallery powered by Throttle97 (Mumbai’s largest supercar group), which will house beauties such as the Ferrari 488, Aston Martin DB11 and an Audi R8 V10, among others. And speaking of supercars, there’ll be a special entrant at this year’s show: Mahindra’s Formula E Season 5 race car, the M5 Electro.

For those who love two wheels, on display are a variety of motorcycles from a number of manufacturers. Motoroyale has brought in a number of offerings from its multi-brand range, while Triumph is showcasing the Street Triple RS, Tiger 800 XRx and the Bonneville Bobber. Kawasaki has joined the fray with the entire Ninja range – the Ninja 300, Ninja 400, Ninja 650, and the Ninja 1000; apart from the Versys 650, Vulcan S, Z 650, Z 1000 and track focused ZX-10R, and Ducati has on display the Panigale V4 superbike and the Monster 795. There’s also a Superbike Gallery, with bikes such as the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Honda CBR1000RR on display.

Multiple displays aside, the 2018 Autocar Performance Show houses live performance zones, too. Red Bull’s simulator lets enthusiasts enjoy the thrills of driving in the virtual world, and off-road junkies will love the Mahindra 4×4 Zone, which gives them a chance to experience what the Thar is truly capable of on a specially designed off-road obstacle course. Additionally, the 2018 Autocar Performance Show also brings in another first in the form of a two-wheeler dynamometer. Race Dynamics’ dyno lets two-wheeler owners bring in their machines and have them tested to see how much power and torque they really make.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Hormazd Sorabjee (Editor, Autocar India) said, “The Autocar Performance Show has grown to become bigger and better, and this year, we have had a record number of brands taking part. We are delighted to give car and bike lovers in Mumbai the opportunity to see the most exciting cars and bikes under one roof.”

An estimated 1,00,000 visitors are expected to throng the show over the course of four days.

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Gautam Sahijwala
Automobile Correspondent