Driving is not just about traveling from one place to another. For enthusiasts, it is the very act of driving a car that holds appeal. The performance of the engine, the power it generates, the maximum speed of the car and the time it takes in reaching a speed of 100 kmph from zero are the factors that determine the quality of your driving experience. The cars that allow you to move about at high speeds on the highway, quickly attaining higher speeds while keeping you firmly in control over the vehicle without compromising on safety find admirers all around the world. Indian auto market too has plenty to offer to speed enthusiasts. Here's a closer look at the Indian cars that quickly pick the pace to touch the 100 kmph mark.
1. Maruti Suzuki Kizashi
0-100 km/h sprint time: 7.8 seconds
The 2.4 L, 16 valve, 4 cylinder J series DOHC engine of Maruti Suzuki Kizashi generates 175 bhp of power @ 6500 rpm. The maximum torque value for this vehicle is 230 Nm @ 4000 rpm. It has a manual transmission system and attains a maximum speed of 215 kmph. The rigid steel unibody and the embedded steel suspension system ensure a smooth ride even at high speeds.
2. Skoda Superb
0-100 km/h sprint time: 7.64 seconds
The Skoda Superb 3.6 TFSI fitted with 3597cc, 6 valve petrol engine generates maximum power of 260 bhp. It bears a six speed automatic transmission system. The speed for this vehicle can touch 225 kph. The turbocharged engine with direct injection system ensures that the pace factor does not play spoilsport with the fuel economy.
3. Volkswagen Passat
0-100 km/h sprint time: 8.6 seconds
It sports a 1.8L, 1798cc TSI petrol engine which generates maximum power and torque of about 160 PS @ 4500-6200 rpm and 250Nm @ 1500-4500rpm respectively. Cruising along in a Volkswagen Passat you can attain a top speed of 220 kmph. It is safe and feature packed car that will not disappoint you if speed is what you seek.
4. Honda Accord 2011
0-100 km/h sprint time: 8.66seconds
The powerful 2354 CC 16 Valve DOHC-iVTEC petrol engine that a Honda Accord sports, revs it up with with 180PS @6500rpm power and 222Nm @4300rpm torque. A 5 speed manual transmission system accompanies the engine. Intelligent airbags and G-FORCE Control Technology (G-CON) form the core of its safety measures so as to leave no loopholes in terms of safety. Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body is built in keeping with the same.
5. Nissan Teana
0-100 km/h sprint time: 9.81seconds
The 2496cc, V6 DOHC Petrol engine provides the power for the vehicle to quickly gain speed. The maximum power and torque values for Nissan Teana are 182PS@6000rpm and 228Nm@4400rpm respectively. The fuel efficiency is poor at 7 kmpl in the city. Safety is ensured through the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system and the SRS airbags that come with pretensioners.
6. Honda Civic
0-100 km/h sprint time: 10.1 seconds
The 1.8L 1799 CCi-VTEC petrol engine of a Honda Civic generates 132 PS power @6300rpm and 172Nm torque @4300rpm . It can attain a maximum speed of about 208 kmph. ABS (Anti-lock braking system) in combination with EBD and dual front SRS airbags are meant for passenger safety.
7. Honda CR-V
0-100 km/h sprint time: 11.1 seconds
This one is an SUV. The 2.0 L, 1997 cc i-VTEC petrol engine gives a power of about 143PS @6000rpm to the engine along with 190 Nm torque @4200rpm. The Honda CR-V commands respect as one of the best SUVs in India to navigate off-road tracks. It is spacious and comfortable and allows you to move through the toughest of terrains with ease.
8. Mitsubishi Outlander
0-100 km/h sprint time: 11.1seconds
The Mitsubishi Outlander has a 2360cc, 4-valves, 4-cylinder, DOHC, petrol engine which gives the power to the vehicle to quickly reach the top speed of 190 kmph. The power and torque numbers for this sturdy vehicle are 170 PS @ 6000 rpm and 226Nm @ 4100 rpm respectively.
9. Maruti Suzuki SX4
0-100 km/h sprint time: 11.5 seconds
Not quite the power machine as some other cars in this list, the Maruti Suzuki SX4 gets its power from a 1586 cc, 16 valve DOHC VVT engine. The engine powers the vehicle with 105PS @ 5600rpm and 145Nm @ 4100rpm of power and torque respectively. The fuel efficiency value in the city stands at 12 kmpl.
10. Mitsubishi Cedia
0-100 km/h sprint time: 11.18 seconds
It runs on a 1999 cc, 4-cylinder, 4-valves, SOHC petrol engine which produces 115 PS @ 5250 rpm as power and 175Nm @ 4250rpm in terms of torque. In a Mitsubishi Cedia, you can move about with a maximum speed of 180 kmph. ABS system with ABD and airbags are the safety features on offer.