Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Viva La Rider

The Skoda Octavia Rider (RS) is an amazing piece of Czeck engineering. 150 Horses under the hood can set the roads on fire. The car is capable of 220 Kmph but on the now congested GST road that connects Chennai to Villupuram(Bear in mind this is one of the best strips of tarmac you can get in and around Chennai) I could bearly manage 155 Kmph. The car is screaching fast in 4th gear and your mind is set on 5th and just then you have to break or dodge an ever present slug. 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds and to 100 in under 9 secs. This car is awesome.

Compare the Chezk stud with the Oriental Beauty from Korea (Hyundai Accent Viva) ? Well ! There is no comparison. Although the Viva can easily clock 185 Kmph on the speedo (personally I have done 181 Kmph); you always feel there is something lacking. And the Rider fills that void and does a lot more; all thanks to the 150 BHP motor which did service in the Audi TT Quattro for a while.

The Rider Sport is a CKD; a Czeck body with a German Soul. You have to drive the Rider to feel the amazing performance despite the pedestrian looks. Thats one area I mark the Viva more than the Rider. The Rider Sport also comes loaded with other goodies like Climate Control, Cruise Control, Spider Alloys and a Badge that can put most other competitors to shame.
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