2001 Midual Roadster 900

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Ninety degree V-twin sportbikes are all the rage these days. Ducati, Honda, Suzuki and others are building these bikes, and at least one engineering problem associated with this design has become common knowledge. When a ninety degree V-twin is placed in a sportbike chassis, “packaging” becomes difficult. The engine configuration makes it almost impossible to include (1) a normal rear suspension system, and (2) a modern, long swingarm (a design element which is a major contributor to the superb handling of Yamaha’s new R1, for instance).

2001 Midual Roadster 900

Suzuki addressed the rear shock absorber placement issue by redesigning the shock altogether — it utilizes a rotary damper design. Aprilia, in designing its RSV1000, disgarded the ninety degree concept (despite its natural balance) in favor of a narrower V angle. Aprilia decided that the narrower V angle far outweighed the advantages of a ninety degree V-twin simply because the packaging of the motor was so important. The narrower angle of the V allowed Aprilia to have both a normal rear shock placement and a long swingarm (with added weight over the front wheel).


Why am I discussing the problems associated with ninety degree V-twins in this article? Good question. If you think it’s hard to package a ninety degree V-twin in a modern, competent-handling motorcycle chassis, try packaging a flat-twin mounted lengthwise in the chassis (opposite the approach used by BMW with its flat twin). Look at the pictures in this article and you will see what I mean.


2001 Midual Roadster 900

In studying the Midual, I learned that an English firm named Douglas was first to use a flat twin (before BMW) in a motorcycle. Moreover, Douglas aligned the flat twin parallel with the frame, as does Midual. The Douglas flat twin was popular in the 1920s and 1930s, but actually stayed in production until 1960.


Since 1960, no flat twin alligned with the chassis has been manufactured anywhere in the world. Midual intends to change that.


The owners and designers behind Midual feel it is important, essential even, to develop a bike with a unique engine. A unique engine design, to some extent, puts you in a nitch all alone — without competitors. I will grant Midual this fact, but are there genuine engineering and performance reasons for the design? Or is the tail wagging the dog?


According to Midual, there are reasons beyond marketing for the design and layout of the engine. The 900cc flat twin employed by the Midual roadster purports to contribute to a lower center of gravity, light weight, and simplicity. It also puts out respectable horsepower for a 900cc twin (90 hp). With fuel injection and a five-speed gear box, the Midual roadster will have more than adequate performance. But buyers of the Midual (should it ever see production) will not be looking for performance alone – they will want character. They will find it in the Midual.


The story of Midual could take several pages, but let’s just say this. Olivier Midy and his brother Francois combined passion, skill and insight to create the Midual concept. Years (four years to be exact) of design and engineering went into this single roadster. Finally, with the basic engineering done, the Midys contracted with English designer Glynn Kerr to complete the look of the roadster. Kerr is a substantial motorcycle designer, having worked for Honda and other major manufacturers.


Apparently, having recognized the effort of the Midys and Glynn Kerr, investors are now putting up the funds to create a running prototype and, hopefully, start-up of production. This bike is a long way from being available at your local motorcycle dealer, however.


Given the effort and the passion already displayed by the Midy brothers, we expect this bike will be a reality in a few years time. For now, it is an entirely unique design which makes all of us think about the possibility that other engine configurations exist that have been overlooked by the mainstream motorcycle manufacturers.



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Hero MotoCorp Aggressive Expansion

Looking to quickly establish itself as an independent and fiercely ambitious mass market two-wheeler company HeroMotor Corp (HMCL) already set the ball rolling with the recent announcement of its alliance with Erik Buell Racing (EBR) for major R&D initiatives that include developing a concept hybrid scooter among other long-term technological advances.
Hero MotoCorp
 With the blueprints for future growth and prosperity made visible, the country’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer is now talking names and numbers and has clearly chalked out an elaborate plan in order to achieve maximum share in the country’s rapidly expanding two-wheeler market.

 Unveiling a slew of strategic initiatives to move towards its vision of capturing the future potential of this price and efficiency focused two-wheeler market, Pawan Munjal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, HeroMotor Corp Ltd said, “We have been moving with great speed towards giving shape to the vision that I outlined at the launch of our new brand identity in London less than a year back.” 

Hero MotoCorp 

Munjal went on to propose on behalf of the company that it will in fact invest over Rs 2,500 crore in setting up two new plants, expanding the capacity of its existing plants and setting up a state-of-the art Technology/R&D centre spread over 250 acres at Kukas, Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Hero MotoCorp 

For the first of the two new proposed production facilities, HMCL will be making an initial investment of Rs 400crore to completely set it up at Neemrana in Rajasthan. Construction of the plant will commence soon, and should be up and running by the first quarter of 2014. The plant will employ over a 1,000 personnel and and will have an installed capacity of 750,000 units per annum. 
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2012 Audi S4 – India – Review ( W / Video ) ~ Grease n Gasoline

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http://bit.ly/M9JhzS  2012 Audi S4 – India – Review ( W / Video ) http://goo.gl/WQLOQ  Likes us on Fb The Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine which makes 333PS of power and 440 Nm of torque with a fuel consumption of 10.34 km/l as per ARAI. It is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission.

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2012 Audi S4 – India – Review ( W / Video )

The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8L, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi RS5 Coupé, Audi S4, Audi TT Coupe, the super sports car Audi R8 and the Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi South, Delhi West, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West, Nagpur, Pune and Surat.

The Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine which makes 333PS of power and 440 Nm of torque with a fuel consumption of 10.34 km/l as per ARAI. It is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission. Audi claims that the S4 will hit zero to 100 km/hr in 5.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph. The S4 has Quattro as standard with self-locking centre differential and torque vectoring
2012 Audi S4  – India 

A bestseller has become even more attractive: Audi has updated the 2012 Audi S4  – India  series. New solutions for efficiency, driving dynamics and infotainment, along with an even more attractive design, attest the “Vorsprung durch Technik” achieved by the 2012 Audi S4  – India Sedan, the 2012 Audi S4  – India  Avant, the 2012 Audi S4  – India  allroad quattro and the S4

2012 Audi S4  – Design


The A4 is Audi’s bestseller – for 39 years now and in its eighth generation. The brand has sold ten million such models in total. The 2012 Audi S4  – India , with its elegance, sportiness and emotional appeal, forms the centerpiece of the Audi brand. And now the design has become even more clearly defined and striking in all models – the Sedan, the Avant, the allroad quattro and the S4.


The new look further accentuates the horizontal lines at the front end. The engine hood is more arched, the upper corners of the single frame grille are tapered, and the cross ribs and the Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The grille is painted gray, with high-gloss black on the six-cylinder models or in combination with the S line exterior package. The redesigned bumpers are striking with their angular air inlets, their revised grilles and the flat front fog lights. The 2012 Audi S4  – India  allroad quattro is distinguished by its grille’s horizontal chrome applications and by the round fog lights.
The headlights have also changed, with a slight wave at the bottom edges, and a re-arranged interior. Xenon plus headlights are available from Audi on request. The LED daytime running lights form a narrow, optically homogeneous band that remains open in the vicinity of the xenon lens. The adaptive light together with dynamic and static cornering lights are available on request.

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The tail lights reflect the shape of the headlights, and in combination with xenon plus have homogeneous strips of LEDs. The bumper with its diffuser insert has been redesigned, with the exhaust system always terminating in two tailpipes.


There is a selection of 15 paint finishes, including four new tones. The Sedan and the Avant offer the S line exterior package, while the Avant also includes a roof spoiler.


The modifications have changed the dimensions only by a few millimeters. The 2012 Audi S4  – India  Sedan and the Avant each have a length of 4.70 meters (15.42 ft), while the 2012 Audi S4  – India  allroad quattro and the S4 are 4.72 meters (15.49 ft) long. The wheelbases for all models are 2.81 meters (9.22 ft), and the width is 1.83 and 1.84 meters, respectively (6.0 and 6.04 ft). The height varies between 1.41 and 1.50 meters (4.63 and 4.92 ft) depending on the body version.


2012 Audi S4  – Interior


The interior of the 2012 Audi S4  – India  models has also been refined. Audi offers a wide selection of new steering wheels with chrome and high-gloss inlays, with the leather sport steering wheel also featuring a flattened lower rim. The steering arm and the ignition key have been modified. High-gloss applications and the slender chrome trim at the controls add elegance to the interior.

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The elaborate finish makes operation even simpler and more intuitive. The MMI navigation plus system now features four instead of eight buttons, with a script function integrated in the volume control dial. Other improvements concern operation of the automatic transmission, the efficient air conditioning systems, Audi drive select and the multifunction steering wheel. The seat heating and air conditioning are now directly operated at the respective buttons.

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The high level of workmanship is as much a matter of course for Audi as a sure touch in the range of colors. All interior colors – except black – have been re-coordinated. The upholstery range has also been revised, with Fine Nappa leather replacing Valcona leather. The new, single-part cluster trim has been adapted in color to the interior, while the inlays are available in Aluminum Trigon, walnut dark brown and fine grain ash natural. Especially eye-catching is the Beaufort oak plywood inlay.


The interior of the S line sport package comes in black, refined with high-quality applications. 18-inch wheels or the optional 19-inch wheels and an S line sport suspension that lowers the body by 30 millimeters (1.18 in) complete the package. Audi exclusive and Audi exclusive line offer further individualized options.


The 2012 Audi S4  – India Sedan’s luggage compartment still has its 480-liter capacity – 962 liters with the rear seats folded down (16.95 and 33.97 cubic ft). 2012 Audi S4  – India  Avant and the 2012 Audi S4  – India  allroad quattro have 490 and 1,430 liters, respectively (17.30 and 50.50 cubic ft), with Audi offering an optional electrically operated tailgate for both models.


2012 Audi S4  –  Engine


The Audi S4
The Audi S4, available in the Sedan and Avant versions, employs the most powerful engine in the line – the 3.0 TFSI with 245 kW (333 hp) and 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) torque. The Sedan’s average fuel consumption is a mere 8.0 liters per 100 km (29.40 US mpg) – with an impressive performance:

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The Audi S4 accelerates in 5.0 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and achieves an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The modified Audi S4 is identifiable from the changes to the headlights, the bumpers, the air inlets and colors. The interior also contains subtle changes in appearance. The S sport suspension and 18-inch wheels featured on the S4 deliver outstanding road grip.


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2012 Audi S4 Launched – India

2012 Audi S4 – India – Review ( W / Video )
The Audi model range in India includes Audi A4, Audi A6, Audi A7 Sportback, Audi A8L, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi RS5 Coupé, Audi S4, Audi TT Coupe, the super sports car Audi R8 and the Audi R8 Spyder available across the country: in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi South, Delhi West, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai West, Nagpur, Pune and Surat.

2012 Audi S4  – India 

German luxury car Audi has launched a sportier’ variant of the regular A4 , the S4. The S4 is priced at Rs 45.31 lakhs, ex-Maharashtra and is available at all the 19 Audi dealerships in the country.
The Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine which makes 333PS of power and 440 Nm of torque with a fuel consumption of 10.34 km/l as per ARAI. It is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission. Audi claims that the S4 will hit zero to 100 km/hr in 5.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph. The S4 has Quattro as standard with self-locking centre differential and torque vectoring

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

After the introduction of the new Audi A4 we saw a lot of Audi ‘fans’ requesting for the Audi S4, and we responded to this demand. The new Audi S4 joins the successful league of our sedans and we are confident that it will also script a success story similar to its predecessors”, said Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India.  The Audi S4 sedan embodies the cultivated sportiness typical of Audi. It is a fast, powerful sports car with uncompromised everyday practicality. The hexagonal single-frame grille, the wedge-shaped xenon headlights clasped in LED daytime running lights, the LED rear lights and the new bumpers are the most obvious cues to the updated model. The radiator grille insert is Platinum Gray and features finely sculpted, horizontal chrome crossbars and an S4 badge. The housings of the exterior mirrors shine with an aluminum-look finish, the side sills are painted in the body color and V6 T badges adorn the flanks. The Audi S4 is powered by a V6 3.0 TFSI engine. The six-cylinder power plant combines 245 kW (333 hp) of power and 440 Nm of torque with a fuel consumption of 10.34 km/l as per ARAI. The S4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/hin 5.0 seconds and achieves an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

The Audi S4 comes standard with a seven-speed S tronic. It directs the power to the quattro drivetrain with the self-locking center differential and torque vectoring.The sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in), and a high-performance brake system provides powerful deceleration. The wheels are 18 inches in diameter. The new Audi S4 has a leather multifunction sport steering wheel with the S4 badge been redesigned and flat-bottomed rim available as a sporty option. The inlays have surfaces of Matt Brushed Aluminum and sportily cool black dominates the interior. The lighting package, the xenon plus headlights with LED rear lights and the driver information system with color display round out the specific standard equipment of the S models.

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

2012 Audi S4  – India 

“We have been receiving requests for the new Audi S4 from car enthusiasts all over the country eversince it was first seen at the Audi Driving Experience where Indian motorsport ace and Audi S4 owner, Karun Chandhok drove it on the tracks of the Buddh International Circuit. We decided to utilize the power of our huge fan base to gauge customer sentiments for this. We started the ‘Vote for S4’ campaign on various social media platforms and the outcome was overwhelming as thousands of fans participated on a daily basis and unanimously voted to bring the S4 to India”, added Mr. Perschke. The brand with the four rings grew by 37 percent during January to May of 2012, delivering 3281 vehicles as compared to 2394 vehicles delivered during the same period last year. Audi India recorded sales of 450 cars in May 2012 – a growth of 10 percent over the same period last year (May 2011: 408 cars).

Audi India plans to expand its network to 25 dealerships by the end of 2012 from its existing 19 centres. Audi recently opened new showrooms in Coimbatore, Delhi West Nagpur and its second in Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal. Last year, the luxury carmaker opened new showrooms in Delhi South, Chennai, Ludhiana, Surat and Indore. Further developments include Lucknow, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai South among others.