Autocar Performance Show wowed scores of automobile enthusiasts with its eye-catching display of some of the most exciting cars and motorcycles on sale in the Indian market. The 13th edition is one-of-its-kind show held at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The four-day show witnessed more than 1,00,000 visitors between 13-16 December 2018.
The show enthralled auto enthusiasts as it has on display the best from the world of cars and bikes. Narain Karthikeyan, the first Indian to Formula 1 race, was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.
This year, the Autocar Performance Show witnessed a record number of brand participation, along with the Mumbai debut of Kia Motors, Jawa and MG Motor India.
They included Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Jeep, Skoda, Hyundai, Mini, Renault, Honda, Maruti Suzuki Arena, Ford, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra. There are number of two-wheeler heavyweights as well, like Ducati, Kawasaki, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Triumph Motorcycles, Motoroyale Kinetic, Suzuki and TVS Motor.
Two brands that made their Mumbai debut and attracted a lot of attention were Kia Motors and MG Motor. Kia displayed the hot Stinger four-door sedan and the Sportage SUV, while MG provided a glimpse of its past with the MGB Roadster, and its present with the E MG6 plug-in hybrid sedan.
In addition to major manufacturers’ portfolios on display, there were also some cars that enthralled showgoers. Another major attraction at this year’s show was the Supercar Gallery powered by Throttle97, which housed stunners like an Aston Martin DB11 and an Audi R8 V10, among others. Also, wowing the crowds was Mahindra’s Formula E Season 5 race car, the M5 Electro.
There was also plenty of metal on two wheels as well. Motoroyale’s expansive display – comprising bikes from SWM, FB Mondial, MV Agusta, Norton and Hyosung – attracted a lot of attention, as did Triumph’s showcase consisting of the Street Triple RS, Tiger 800 XRx and the Bonneville Bobber that left many in awe.
Kawasaki packed a punch 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 the track-focused ZX-10R. Italian superbike major Ducati made a strong impact with its Panigale V4 superbike and the Monster 795. There was also a Superbike Gallery, with bikes such as the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Honda CBR1000RR on display. For the first time in India, a Kawasaki Ninja H2 supersports bike was put on dynamometer by Race Dynamics.
The 2018 Autocar Performance Show also housed live performance zones, which visitors made the most of. Red Bull’s driving simulator let enthusiasts enjoy the thrills of driving in the virtual world, and off-road junkies loved the Mahindra 4x4 Experience Zone, which gave them a chance to experience what the Thar is truly capable of on a specially designed off-road obstacle course.
Speaking at the end of the four-day show, Hormazd Sorabjee, editor, Autocar India, said “The Autocar Performance Show 2018 has been our best show yet – both in terms of participation and the crowds. There’s a lot of interest in the new brands that made their Mumbai debut here, and one of the major crowd-pullers was the Race Dynamics dynamometer, which has come to the city for the first time. I’m glad to see the level of enthusiasm and passion for cars and bikes among the people of Mumbai.”