1. Buyer’s guide: Joy ride

Buyer’s guide: Joy ride

Irrespective of whether you are heading to the hills or the beaches this summer, here are some adventure vehicles that will make your holiday more fun.

By: | Published: June 7, 2015 12:08 AM

HOVERCRAFTS

Deluxe experience

A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle (ACV), is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud and ice, among other surfaces. Neoteric’s Hovertrek Deluxe seats four and comes loaded with a tachometer, hour meter and voltage gauges. It also sports a USB outlet for personal electronics. It has a hand lever-operated, electronic fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which is advantageous for operation over ice.

All yours for: Rs 19.32 lakh

Quiet cool

The Renegade IQ is loaded with all options necessary to impress even the toughest critic. A powerful 2,400 lumen LED headlight and front/rear navigation lights keep you safe for nighttime operating. Its ultra-quiet operation allows you to move without adversely affecting the environment—in fact, it is the quietest operating hovercraft available with a noise level at cruise of only 69 dbA. The long-range fuel system allows you to enjoy longer duration operation without refuelling.

All yours for: Rs 19.20 lakh

RIGID-HULLED INFLATABLE BOATS

Cozy comfort

A rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) is a lightweight but high-performance and high-capacity boat constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwale. At just under 7 m long, the Zodiac n-ZO provides lots of deck space for family and friends to relax in. It also has removable table assembly that can be used to make a cozy ‘al fresco’ area. Other features include a small stove and sink contained in the driver’s bolster for dining.

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Smooth ride

The Mercury M350 delivers superior quality. Its features include details like rubber seals in the dry box, faux carbon fibre dash, full set of gauges, interior lighting, tilt wheel and stepped hull for speed and a smooth ride. Its battery is in the forward box for better weight distribution. It also boasts a built-in fuel tank, lots of seating and console rail.

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ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES

Superior terrainability

Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 FI EPS, with its powerful 686 cc, liquid-cooled power engine, produces more power with enhanced settings to improve low-end, mid-range and top-end performance. The electric power steering provides progressive assist at slow speeds and over rough terrain, while maintaining superior comfort and terrainability.

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Brute force

When the call of the wild needs to be answered, you can rely on the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS Realtree APG ATV to get you off the grid and into the wild. With a durable, scratch-resistant camouflage pattern and features like trail-hugging suspension, electric power steering and superior mud management, it delivers serious sport riding experience. With this, you can take on the toughest trails with all-day riding comfort.

All yours for: Price on request

Enhanced performance

Built to conquer the toughest terrains without breaking a sweat, the Polaris Sportsman XP 850 HO EPS LE is a strong and reliable all-terrain vehicle (ATV). For enhanced performance and versatility, this ATV is fitted with a smart all-wheel drive system, which engages all four tyres when the rear wheels slip and you need more forward traction.

All yours for: Rs 15.21 lakh

PERSONAL WATERCRAFTS

Adrenaline rush

Being the extreme performance version of Kawasaki’s super-charged personal watercrafts, the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R will reward you with plenty of adrenaline each time you jump on its saddle. Its power comes from a 1,498 cc, liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder super-charged engine, which cranks out a maximum output of 310 hp.

All yours for: R9.78 lakh

Precise control

The Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO has dual handlebar throttle control system, giving riders precise control of the watercraft for a more confident driving experience. The vehicle also provides low fuel and low oil pressure warnings. Convenient pull-up cleats help make tying up the craft easier when not in use. Lightweight, slip-resistant Hydro-Turf mats provide superior traction.

All yours for: R9 lakh

Powerful & versatile

Fuelled by the power of its legendary Rotax engine and with features like touring and sports modes and a high-performance variable trim system, you’ll find playtime on the Sea-Doo GTI Limited 155 fun for the whole family. This versatile watercraft has a 1,503 Rotax 4-TEC engine with a capacity of 1,494 cc and sports-handy features like wide-angle mirrors designed to make life easier on water.

All yours for: R7.32 lakh

GREEN TRANSPORTATION

Incredible maneuverability

A two-wheel, self-balancing vehicle, Segway PT delivers incredible maneuverability (true zero turning radius), a small footprint and a fantastically unique riding experience. You can also opt for storage space if you require it.

All yours for: Rs 6 lakh

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