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Mahindra Scorpio CRDe Turbo Dx

May 29, 2006

THE BEAST

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After the TATA Indica the Scorpio is one vehicle which would do any Indian proud as it owes its origin to Indian designers and engineers. The Scorpio is handsome, despite the raised roof and near vertical rear door that was designed to unshackle interior space. The headlamp units that are excellent flank a distinctive six and half slat grille up front. Mahindra has launched two versions, one the predominant oil burner and the other being the surprisingly costlier petrol version sourced from Renault Motors of France. The exterior finish of the vehicle is excellent. I would be a dishonest soul unless I use the world brilliant as regards interior is concerned. The instrument console is clean and ergonomically positioned. Dual tone plastic has been used which is acceptable. One should remember that most diesel-engined vehicles would rattle your innards either while idling or while on the move, but Mahindra engineers have kept the NVH factor to the barest minimum levels. For the first time there is ample legroom for second row passengers in a Mahindra. The DX version has a third bench seat that can seat three fully-grown hulks in reasonable comfort. The DI engine is a revelation, which is excellent to say the least. The ride quality and handling is acceptable and the overall suspension matrix is also cleverly sorted out. The Scorpio is an excellent value-engineered product.

I purchased my Scorpio in December 2005. It is the CRDe Turbo DX Version. I have got it fitted with leather seats, Sony VCD System that outputs pulsating music, also connected is a Daewoo 7" Screen. All this and more adds to the awesome Beast of a vehicle that Scorpio is.

Its just about 5 months and the Scorpio has already done about 12000 KMS. A trip to Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai (couple of times), Akola, Kolhapur, Satara and many more.

PLUS:

  • Great road grip at all speeds (Top speed achieved is 155 KMPH on Mumbai – Pune Express Way)
  • Excellent Power
  • Low Maintenance
  • Awesome Dual A.C.
  • Mileage 10-11 KMPL in city (With A.C. On)
  • Mileage 15-16 KMPL on highway (With A.C. On)
  • Excellent handling and driving comfort.
  • Extremely smooth Suspension
  • Very light and responsive Steering.

MINUS:

  • Braking (Rear End rushes into the front part at high speed breaking)

I would always remain a proud owner of this vehicle which is one of the most Value-for-money vehicles today in the Indian Market. Hats of to Mahindra and long-live the BEAST.


Engine
Type SZ CRDe4 stroke, Turbo-charged, Intercooled, DI,Common Rail Diesel Engine.
Cubic Capacity 2609 cc
Max. Gross Power 115 bhp (85 kW) at 3800 rpm
Max. Gross Torque 28.3 kgm at 1700-2200 rpm
Gear Box
Gear Box 5 Speed Manual
Tyres
Tyres P 235/70 R16,Tubeless
Suspension
Front 2 WD Independent, Coil Spring, Anti Roll Bar,4 WD Independent, Torsion Bar
Rear Multilink, Coil Spring
Brakes
Front Disc and Calliper Type, Twinpot & Tandem Booster
Rear Drum Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 ltrs
Turning Circle Radius
Turning Circle Radius 5.6 m for 2 WD
Max. GVW
Max. GVW 2510 kg for 2 WD,2610 kg for 4 WD
Dimensions
Wheel base, mm 2680
Overall width, mm 1817 (excluding outside mirrors)
Overall length, mm 4495 (with open footstep)
Overall height, mm 1975
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Bajaj Pulsar DTSi 180cc

May 24, 2006

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I purchased a Pulsar DTSi 180cc last year in July, and after almost a year of driving this awesome machine I just thought of writing it down. To tell you more about the bike, Pulsar series of bikes was launched in 2002 and it changed the face of Bajaj. Since then the Pulsar has seen many a modifications. It been a treat to drive this  awesome bike and I have no doubts in my mind that its one of the fastest bikes on the Indian Roads today.

Bajaj Pulsar DTSi 180cc:

Technical Specifications  

GENERAL DATA

Ground Clearance 155mm
Fuel tank capacity 18 litres
Kerb weight 137 kg

ENGINE

Layout Single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke
Displacement 178.61cc
Max power 15bhp at 8000rpm
Max torque 1.34 kgm at 7000rpm
Specific output 82.5bhp per litre
Power to weight 107.6bhp per tonne
Installation Inclined from vertical
Construction Alloy block and head
Bore/stroke 63.5/56.4mm
Valve gear 2 valves per cly, sohc
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1
Ignition and fuel CDI electronic, Mikuni BS29 CV side-draught

GEARBOX

Type Five-speed manual
Gear ratios/kph per 1000rpm 1st 28.43/4.15   2nd 18.31/6.44
3rd 13.43/8.79   4th 10.54/11.20  5th 8.98/13.14

SUSPENSION

Front Telescopic fork, 125mm travel
Rear Double-sided swingarm, shock absorbers

WHEELS AND TYRES

Made of Wire spoke
Wheel size front/rear 1.60 x 18/2.50 x 18
Tyres front 2.75 x 18
Tyres rear 100/90 x 18 56P

BRAKES

Front 240mm disc
Rear 130mm drum

MAXIMUM SPEEDS

Gear Kph/rpm
5th 110/8370
4th 103/9200
3rd 93/10600
2nd 74/11500
1st 50/12000

ACCELERATION FROM REST

[Surface Dry] Speed in kph Sec
0-20 0.6
30 1.3
40 2.2
50 3.4
60 5.0
70 6.7
80 9.6
90 13.9
100 19.5
60-0 22.1 2.9
50-0 11.3 2.3
40-0 7.0 1.8

FUEL ECONOMY (kpl)

Best 59.3 kpl
Worst 44.1 kpl
Highway 56.7 kpl
City 53.0 kpl
Overall 53.28 kpl

SPEEDO ERROR

Speedo kph True speed kph
20 18.4
40 38.3
60 57.0
80 76.0
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Koyna

May 4, 2006

Koyna

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Considering that this my first ever blog and also considering the excellent writing skills I possess ;-), please ignore mistakes. Just Kidding.

Well, I got a chance to visit K.H.E.P (Koyna Hydro-Electric Project) in April 2006. One has to see it to believe it. Sitting in our houses we can never imagine what is the grandeur of this project. Its sheer importance to the overall development of Maharashtra, especially the western grid, should be understood.

History

It is one of the largest dams in Maharashtra, India. It is located in Koyna Nagar, nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun  and Karad, Maharashtra. The dam supplies water to western Maharashtra as well as cheap hydroelectric power to the neighboring areas with a capacity of 1,920 MW. The Koyna project is actually composed of four dams, with the Koyna dam having the largest catchment area.

The catchment area dams the Koyna River and forms a huge lake — the Shivsagar lake whose length is 50 kilometers. Completed in 1963, it is one of the largest civil engineering projects commissioned after Indian independence. The Koyna electricity project is run by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Most of the generators are located in excavated caves a kilometer deep, inside the heart of the surrounding hills.

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Statistics

  • Storage:
    • Gross storage: 98.78 TMC
    • Live: 93.65 TMC
    • Dead: 5.125 TMC
  • Length: 807.22 m
  • Height: 85.35 m
  • Gates: 6 Nos.
  • Year of completion: 1963

How to reach there

Koyna Dam is located about 98 Kms. from Satara, Maharashtra, India.

Lets all salute this great symbol of Maharashtra!!!

Jai Hind!!! Jai Maharashtra!!!

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Hi

January 2, 2006

Hi,

This is my first blog and am looking forward to blogging. Well, I¬†was inspired to blog by very close friend of mine, Amit, who’s blogs you can find at http://amitb.wordpress.com/

Well thats it for now. More soon. Wish You all a very very Happy and a prosperous New Year!!!

OK NOW, BYE BYE THEN.

Take Care
Prashant.