Hormazd Sorabjee

Hormazd Sorabjee is one of the most senior and much loved auto journalists in India, and is the editor of Autocar India.

Articles by Hormazd Sorabjee

Weekend Drive by Hormad Sorabjee: Drive around the Benz

The Mercedes G400d has little to offer conventional buyers, but the hardy SUV is a diesel-car driver’s dream

The G400d has one of the best diesel engines around, which is responsive, powerful and refined.
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 03:41 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Lexus looks to the future

Lexus’s LF-ZC and LF-ZL concept cars are proof that the brand’s all-electric dreams are bigger than we’d realised

The LF-ZL is a blueprint of what future all-electric SUVs could be.
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 03:36 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Viva la Revuelution

Lamborghini’s newest hybrid supercar, the Revuelto, is an improvement over all its predecessors, potentially making it the best model the brand has ever built

While the Revuelto may not look revolutionary, it blends electric power with a thunderous V12 engine, making it smooth, fast and exciting.
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 04:44 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: How Merc does the electric slide

Mercedes’ newer EVs are more aerodynamic, futuristic and tech-laden. The long-range EQE is the perfect but pricey example of this new philosophy

The EQE SUV’s low-slung, rounded and smooth shape is more crossover than SUV.
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 05:46 AM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Ford’s massive attack

The Everglades variant of the Ford Bronco SUV packs some serious 4x4 hardware. It’s a hardcore off-roader

The show-stopper on the enormous Ford Bronco is the winch with a 30-metre tow line that juts out 20cm from the front bumper.
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 03:55 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The new power move

With sustainable materials, bio-engineered elements, tonnes of LED lights and a range of 750 km, the Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA Class is the future

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz Concept CLA Class echoes its sustainable stylishness.
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 04:53 PM IST

Weekend Drive: A current affair with Volvo’s C40 Recharge

Volvo’s newest electric SUV-coupe, the C40 Recharge, offers a game-changing 530km range on a single charge

The C40 Recharge can overtake just about anything without hesitation, which makes it compelling to drive.
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 04:17 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A king returns

The revamped Mercedes-Benz GLC is bigger, roomier and feels a perfect fit in the mid-size luxury SUV segment

The new GLC is longer, wider and taller. However, seats aren’t cooled and the massage function is missing, small missing details in an otherwise tech-packed car.
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 04:57 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Rise up in re-volt

The facelift of the Audi Q8 e-tron brings some subtle improvements on styling and a long range unmatched by other EVs

The new Q8 e-tron has better aerodynamics, more features and, crucially, the Sportback version can go 600km on a single charge.
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 07:37 PM IST

Roaring in the deep: BMW’s new SUV

The BMW X1 is a larger and more luxurious SUV compared to previous generations, with a spacious interior and impressive features. But, it has some flaws

Though its priced competitively, the X1 falls slightly short in power output and lacks an all-wheel-drive option, placing it behind some rivals. Nevertheless, it has broadened its appeal and offers a compelling package to luxury SUV buyers in India.
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 08:06 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The hills are alive

... with the sound of the Audi S5 Sportback, a luxury sedan that finds the right balance between comfort and performance

The S5 Sportback is effortless and engaging, managing to reach 100kph in under five seconds, which is not as quick as the more ferocious RS-badged Audis, but quick enough for most occasions.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 04:49 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A Mercedes E-Class holds its ground

A drive through Jordan in a Mercedes E-Class takes the author to historical sites, including the Citadel, Jerash, Wadi Rum and Petra, ending at the Dead Sea

Highways in Jordan are more or less smooth but are sprinkled with rough patches and some nasty potholes, which the E-Class stoically soaks up.
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A volt of lightning

BMW’s new electric sedan, the i7, goes farther than the competition. It’s like a business-class upgrade, but for the road

The BMW i7 can go from 0 to 100kph in 4.5 seconds. A full charge takes only five hours, providing a range of approximately 600 km.
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:40 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The power and the glory

How the Vida V1 Pro, India’s home-grown electric scooter, set a new Guinness World Record, powered by batteries and grit

The Vida V1 is India’s first e-scooter that has removable batteries you can swap for fully charged ones in seconds.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 05:37 PM IST

A sporting chance: Audi’s speedy new offering

The Audi Q3 Sportback is the first ever coupe design with SUV functionality, but is this something we need?

The Q3 Sportback has style, and comes in an exclusive shade of blue, but the sharply sloping roof ends up eating into a fair bit of headroom.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 05:19 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A top-down approach

The new Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ has a fabric roof and may just be the luxury convertible India has been looking for

A press of a button in the Mercedes-AMG E 53 4Matic+ activates electric motors that open and shut the soft-top roof in 20 seconds.
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 07:45 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The year of the bull

Lamborghini’s newest offering, Revuelto, is a two-seater, plug-in hybrid supercar that will replace the Aventador

The Revuelto captures the sharp, edgy and extravagant design DNA of past Lamborghinis, retaining the iconic Y-shaped design signature and the trademark scissor doors.
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 05:59 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Life in reverse gear

At last week’s Modern Classic Rally, cars built from 1970 to 2010 got Mumbai enthusiasts to cruise down memory

There were classic Mercedes-Benzs and old-school BMWs at the rally. Making its first outing was also a legendary US Army HUMVEE (above).
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 06:33 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A new Italian stallion

Ferrari’s first four-door, four-seater car, the all-new Purosangue, seems like it was made for India

The Purosangue is comfortable, spacious and high enough above the ground to suit India’s inconsistent roads.
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:09 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Lightning bolts

The fastest, heaviest, most expensive supercar in the world is also electric. Even at 2.2 tonnes, the Pininfarina Battista can do 358 kph

The Pininfarina Battista rockets from 0 to 100kph in a scarcely believable 1.86 seconds.
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:22 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The winning streak

The Cayman was conceived for track use, which is why it may be the best-handling Porsche of all time

The Cayman GT4 RS roars from 0 to 100kph in just 3.4 seconds. And, if you can legally find the right road, it will hit a top speed of 315kph
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 07:48 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Just skidding

Driving two kinds of cars, in sub-zero temperatures, over a frozen field in Austria, isn’t foolhardy. It’s one for the bucket list

The Audi Ice Experience is set against the backdrop of the Austrian Alps. One must drive on pure ice, where grip levels are negligible.
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 02:53 PM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Show-stoppers of Auto Expo 2023

India’s biggest motor show was finally back this year after missing its 2022 date due to Covid-19

The Maruti Jimny, Tata Sierra concept, Maruti Suzuki Fronx, Harrier EV, and Hyundai Ioniq 5
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:36 PM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: A car in search of a road

On a twisty, freshly paved and relatively secluded road in the Sahyadri hills, I am quietly celebrating the internal combustion engine in all its glory

The 718 Spyder’s naturally aspirated engine and responsive motor make it best suited for roads out of the city
Published on Jan 06, 2023 10:43 PM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The everyday EV

With its Q4 e-tron, Audi has managed to achieve a normal driving experience that filters out the artificial feel of electric vehicles

The Q4 e-tron hits all the right buttons, if you’re looking for an everyday electric car
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 11:58 PM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Boss level baby

The soft ride, plush seats and overall refinement of the Audi A8L put comfort and class right at the top

Audi’s latest offering, the Audi A8L, offers both hits and misses
Published on Nov 25, 2022 09:58 PM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Maha Mahabaleshwar test

The last time I took an electric car to Mahabaleshwar, I almost never made it

The Mercedes-Benz EQS hits a double whammy with its speed and range
Published on Nov 12, 2022 12:04 AM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The speed king

You would think that the purpose and relevance of the new 911 GT3 RS, the most track-focussed production Porsche ever did, would be lost on Indian customers

Porsche is setting a new benchmark for cars with its performance and track-focussed GT3 RS
Published on Oct 29, 2022 01:23 AM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Hits and misses, ups and downs

The long-awaited Mahindra XUV400 is the first electric SUV from Mahindra after years of talking electric, and is finally the walk of the company’s EV talk

Mahindra’s first electric SUV is set to give strong competition to the Tata Nexon
Published on Oct 15, 2022 12:44 AM IST

Sunday Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: Cross-country charge

4,400 km, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, in the Porsche Taycan and not a drop of fuel used!

How practical is an electric car? Can you take one on a cross-country drive? Or, are they slaves to a plug near you? Can you get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat battery?
Updated on Sep 30, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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