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Top five cars owned by birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar

Top five cars owned by birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Monday 24 April 2017, 18:39 PM

Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest batsmen of all time celebrates his 44th birthday today. With innumerable records in his name, the ex-cricketer has earned the God-like status in a country where cricket is not just a mere sport but is a religion. Although cricket has always been his first love, Sachin is also known for his passion for fast cars. The man currently owns the coveted BMW i8 in his garage, but he began with a humble Maruti 800, his first car. Undoubtedly, he has owned some of the finest cars in the country, but we bring you the five best till date.

BMW i8

Sachin’s current prize possession is a customised BMW i8 hybrid supercar. The ex-cricketer has owned a few Beemers in the past, but none as interesting as the latest one. Although bright red is the only official red colour for the i8, the one driven by Sachin gets a unique wine red shade - possibly a one-of-its-kind in the world. So in case, you happened to spot one, you now know whom it belongs to! A 1.5-litre three-cylinder twin scroll turbo engine that produces 231bhp and 320Nm of torque powers the rear wheels, while the front is powered by an electric motor that generates 131bhp. Combined, the i8 hyper car generates a total of 362bhp and 570Nm of torque that goes on to hit straight sixes like the master blaster himself. The vehicle is capable of doing a 0-100kmph in just 4.4 seconds.

Nissan GT-R 530

Sachin Tendulkar’s love for fast cars cannot keep him away from this one in particular, especially when it‘s the globally loved it Nissan GT-R that we are talking about. Back in 2011, Sachin imported the Nissan GTR 530 from Dubai to replace his Ferrari 360 Modena which was sold to a Gujarat based businessman. Not one for the faint hearted, the GT-R 530 is powered by a 4.4-liter twin turbo V6 engine that generates 530bhp of power and 612Nm of torque. Clearly the fastest of the lot, the vehicle thrills auto enthusiasts just like we all love his classic upper-cut over the slip shot. And just the way a ball races off to the boundary, the Nissan GT-R does a 0 to 100kph in just about 3 seconds.

Ferrari 360 Modena

This particular car has been at the centre of controversy unlike his other prized possessions. Back then, at the time of import, Sachin had sought an exemption from import tax and later when media made it a controversial subject, Fiat which owned Ferrari back then, agreed to pay 110 per cent custom duty. The Ferrari 360 Modena was presented to the ex-cricketer by Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher in 2002.  Powered by a five-valve per cylinder, this V8 engine generates 410bhp of power and 388Nm of torque. The vehicle sprints from 0-100kph in just about 3.9 seconds, while its top speed is electronically restricted to 298kph. The sports car made passers-by stand up and take notice every time the vehicle passed, much like his hook shots for sixes.

Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

Prior to Sachin Tendulkar switching over to the BMW ‘M’ range of cars, he owned the Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG. The only AMG in the country at the time, it was powered by a 3.6 litre 6-cylinder AMG unit that generates 280bhp of power. Manufactured between 1995-1997, the vehicle although decently fast, was one of the most modest cars in his collection. Just like Sachin’s perfect straight drive strokes, the C36 AMG was the best you could lay your hands on in the country back then.

Maruti 800

Back in the eighties, every citizen in the country dreamed of owning a Maruti 800. Powered by an 800cc engine, it was indeed the zippiest and peppiest car to drive back then. Though he wanted to buy one in 1983, but could not do so due to financial limitations. However, with enough savings he finally managed to bring home his first car, Maruti 800 in 1989. He still has his first proud possession with him and is known to occasionally take it out for a spin.                      

Added bonus: As a token of respect and gratitude to the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Fiat introduced the Palio S10. The Sachin Tendulkar signature version was never owned by him, but it was limited to only 500 units and was sold as a limited edition model. The vehicle was only available in the high-end 1.6 litre engine Palio.

One may wonder what cricket has got to do with a bunch of auto journalists who literally eat, drink and breathe cars. But then, like most Indians, we love the game of cricket too, especially since we have all grown up watching Sachin Tendulkar play. In memory of all those straight sixes, hook shots and cover drives, we would like to wish him a Happy Birthday!

 

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