virtual mechanic

print   ·   T  T  

Car and bike questions? We have the answers

I own a 2012 model Honda CBR250R and want to upgrade my stock air filter to a K&N air filter specifically made for my bike. Is this recommended and how much difference would I see in terms of power output, acceleration and fuel-efficiency?

Sujay Sharma

You can go ahead and install a K&N air filter on your Honda CBR250R, but this modification will only give you marginal gains in power and performance.

I am about to purchase my first motorcycle and have shortlisted the Yamaha FZ-16, Fazer and YZF-R15 V2.0. I am keen on the R15 but unsure whether such a sportsbike is advisable for a novice rider like me?

S. Ambarish

While keeping in mind this is a focus-built sports motorcycle, with an aggressive riding posture and peaky powerband, the sporty Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 is also light and easy to handle, within the city or on a highway. Yes, you should be able to manage this bike without any problem despite being a first timer. If you want something more comfortable and less aggressive to ride on a daily basis, we also suggest you look at the Yamaha FZ-16, a good all-round 150cc bike in India today.

I own a Honda Civic and a Maruti Swift, and am looking at getting a Mercedes A-class. My daily running is up to about 35km. I am confused about which version to get, the petrol or the diesel. I am disappointed that the diesel version doesn’t have a sunroof and certain other bits. Please guide.

Sri Hari

Yes, you are right, the A-class is under-equipped for the price and segment. However, the diesel A-class is still the one we would choose as the high-end petrol is over priced, doesn't offer impressive performance and won’t fetch you a good resale value in the long run.

I’m planning to get a car and confused between two Skodas — the Yeti 4x2 and the Laura DSG. My daily running comprises a mix of both highway and city driving. My priorities are good comfort and ride.


The Yeti is much nicer to drive. The ride and handling of the Yeti are brilliant, although passenger space is not so good. However, if you drive yourself, then the Yeti is the one for you. Since there is little demand for the Yeti, push hard for discounts and also keep in mind that your resale value could be very poor.

Is Nissan planning to launch the Juke and Qashqai in India?

Mohammed Fazil

No the two cars may not be launched in India in the near future. Nissan has completely ruled out the Juke because it will be too expensive for the Indian market while it is trying to fix a competitive price for the Qashqai. In the immediate future, the Duster-based Terrano will be the SUV that Nissan will be focussing on.




Recent Article in METRO PLUS

Lack of crowd supportWhat seems to have kept away the fans, is the lack of truly great tennis playersPhoto: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Where are the crowds?

The lack of quality in-house talent and tennis legends meant that crowds were sparse for Davis cup fixture »