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2021 Ducati XDiavel launched
The 2021 Ducati XDiavel has been launched in India with prices starting at ₹ 18 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is available in two variants — Dark and Black Star — with the latter priced at ₹ 22.60 lakh (ex-showroom).
Internationally, the XDiavel gets three variants, with an ‘S’ variant slotting in between the Dark and Black Star. The Dark is the entry-level version, and misses out on forged wheels, Brembo M50 brake calipers, a radial master cylinder, suede seats and the Ducati Multimedia system, all of which the Black Star gets as standard. The Black Star also sports a stealthy black and silver paint job, with a red stripe separating the two colours, as well as red paint on the engine covers.
Powering both versions is a 1,262cc L-twin motor producing 160hp and 127Nm of torque. This means the bike makes 4hp more and 2Nm less than earlier, but 80 % of the torque is now available from 2,100rpm. To help harness the power, Ducati has equipped the XDiavel with an IMU, which facilitates lean-sensitive traction control and cornering ABS. Other features include launch control, cruise control, full-LED lighting and backlit switchgear.
Tried and tested
Is the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 a value-for-money motorcycle? Are there any reliability issues I should know about?Roshan Remani, Trivandrum
The Royal Enfield 650 twins brought along big changes to the company in the way that its products are developed and tested. The result is that the 650 twins have proved to be reliable with no significant issues being reported. The bikes are worth the money.
I am looking for a bike that I can use for touring. I have tested the Bajaj Pulsar 220F, Yamaha FZ25, Suzuki Gixxer 250, and the Jawa. Please advise which I should consider.Rajiv Bhalla, Delhi
Of the bikes you have mentioned, the Yamaha FZ25 packs the best combination of comfort, performance and value. You can also consider the Bajaj Dominar 250 that is large, comfortable and has a smooth engine with good performance.
Hormazd Sorabjee is the editor of Autocar India. Mail your feedback and queries to [email protected]
Daytime Drive-in Theater Debuts In Loudon, Tennessee
There’s day drinking, daytime television, and day care. Now, there’s a daytime drive-in theater.
The new Loco Drive-In in Loudon, Tenn. is open for business, allowing viewers who can’t wait for the night to see films in the comfort of the great outdoors during the day.
A 35-foot by 63-foot LED video board screen is capable of screening films in bright sunlight. The screen uses Samsung technology to display a 4K picture, similar to a traditional television.
“There’s no facility that we know of like this right now in the US. That’s what Hollywood is telling us,” said Gordon Whitener, founder and CEO of the Whitener Company, to Knox News. “This will be truly unique… the drive-in will be the core, but we’ll have concerts, car shows, boat shows and more.”
The drive-in holds 400 cars and uses loud speakers rather than radios to broadcast sound.
CNN reports that drive-in theaters generated 85% of theater box office revenue last year, while in 2019, they accounted for just 2.9% percent.
Loco Drive-In is now showing classic films such as Smokey and the Bandit, Minions and Days of Thunder. New films will come later this summer, along with sports streams, concerts and more.
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Haiti quake prompted tsunami warning that was later rescinded.
After a powerful earthquake hit Haiti early Saturday, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center initially reported a tsunami threat and warned of waves between three to 10 feet high.
The threat was then rescinded.
A video circulating on social media showed residents of Les Cayes fleeing a flooded street, splashing through murky, knee-deep water, but it wasn’t clear what caused the flooding.
Earthquakes with a magnitude between 6.5 and 7.5 generally do not produce deadly tsunamis, but they can cause a small sea change level close to a quake’s epicenter, according to the United States Geological Survey.
MG launches new Hector Shine
MG has introduced a new mid-spec Shine trim on the Hector SUV with prices starting from ₹ 14.51 lakh (ex-showroom). The MG Hector Shine has been positioned between the existing Super and Smart trims.
The new mid-spec variant is based on the second-from-base Super trim and gets some additional features. The most important upgrade is a new single-pane sunroof that has been introduced on the Hector for the first time. Until now, the Hector was only available with a panoramic sunroof in its top-spec Sharp trim.
It also additionally gets keyless entry, push button start, an electric parking brake with auto hold, telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel and chrome finished door handles. Apart from the sunroof, it is worth noting that the aforementioned features will be exclusive to only the petrol-CVT variant on the Shine trim.
The Hector Shine rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and misses out on the larger 18-inch wheels available with the top-spec trims. MG has also taken this opportunity to introduce a new colour on the Hector — Havana Grey — which will be offered on all except for the base Style trim.
The new mid-spec Hector Shine is available with both the 143hp 1.5-litre turbo-petrol (non-hybrid) and the 170hp 2.0-litre diesel engine options. Both engines come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard while the turbo-petrol engine can also be had with a CVT automatic gearbox.