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first_img Dhruv Saxena May 3, 2019 ISSUE DATE: May 13, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 17:09 IST We took the Porsche 911 and BMW X4 for a spin to find out what lived up to the hype. And what didn’t.I grew up hearing statements like The Porsche 911 is the greatest sportscar ever. Everyone who had driven one automotive expert or otherwise seemed to be echoing the sentiment.While a regular school-going like me was no one to contest those claims, but the charm of the 911 seemed lost onI grew up hearing statements like The Porsche 911 is the greatest sportscar ever. Everyone who had driven one automotive expert or otherwise seemed to be echoing the sentiment.While a regular school-going like me was no one to contest those claims, but the charm of the 911 seemed lost on me. For starters, it wasn’t the sort of car that evoked the same emotions a Ferrari or a Lamborghini (which adorned my bedroom walls) did. Primarily because it didn’t boast an outrageous exterior, scissor doors or an ostentatious interior. And with no access to any car of its kind, my judgment relied on the headlining numbers and the 911 with its relatively humble power and torque figures never caught my fancy. But hey, so many people can’t be wrong, right? Buyers can choose from a long list of customisation options for the interior trim and upholstery Fast forward to 2019, I found myself sitting behind the wheel of a new-generation Racing Yellow 992 Carrera 4S in the pit lane of the Buddh International Circuit getting ready to head out for a lap. Three corners in and I already knew why people wax lyrical about the 911. The grip, the balance, the composure, everything just ties together so well. It builds up your confidence with every corner with a steering that tells you exactly what the tyres are up to, brakes that are set up just right and the new 8-speed PDK gearbox that always has the car in the right gear. For the next lap, I was handed the rear-wheel drive Carrera and that proved to be even more fun. Quite obviously, this one was more willing to stick its tail out and it did on occasion before being reined in by the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to make sure I didn’t make a fool out of myself by pointing in the wrong direction.advertisementSitting behind the rear axle is a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine churning out 444 bhp marking an increase of 30 bhp over its predecessor. In the Carrera S guise, the 911 can hit 100 kmph from a standstill in just 3.7s. The 992’s face features full LED lighting, a sharper bumper and hood recesses that are inspired by the 911s of yore. At the back the changes are more prominent with a light bar that brings the 911 in line with what has become a Porsche styling signature. The five-dial analogue instrument console makes way for a more digital affair. The central analogue tacho is flanked on either side by customisable screens that can display all manner of data. I love every bit but one the stubby gear selector. A 10.9-inch display takes centrestage and overall the luxury quotient remains high with a superb fit and finish and generally high levels of quality all around. With the 992, Porsche has improved upon an already stellar package with better performance, at least on the track, improved driving dynamics and a plusher interior but with the magic of the 911 still very much intact.Four FusionBMW X4 HEAD TURNER The BMW X4 will definitely get you thatsecond (and third) glanceBMW may have drawn the ire of many for the X6 and the X4 owing to their controversial styling, but the car maker had the last laugh. Over the last decade, close to half a million units of the X6 and the smaller sibling, X4 have been sold globally clearly indicating that people haven’t just accepted SUV-coupes but the market now has a healthy appetite for them.Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder holds so true for the X4. The nose is not too different from the X3, but post the A-pillar, things change drastically with a plummeting roofline. The rear section of SUV-coupes tends to be the most controversial bit. In the X4’s case, at least for me, this is the part that I love the most. The rather fetching posterior with its subtle ducktail spoiler and the lovely LED detailing of the tail lights make the rear three quarters the BMW X4’s best angle. Sure, some of you might disagree with me and I’m not one to impose my opinions, especially when it comes to styling, but no one can deny that the X4 is a definite head turner.The dashboard has been lifted straight from the X3 with identical switchgear and layout with the steering wheel and all black theme, courtesy the M Sport X trim, being the only noticeable differences. Equipment wise, the X4 comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, the BMW Display Key, gesture control for the infotainment unit that can be accessed via the 10.25-inch display and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio setup.advertisementUnsurprisingly, a direct consequence of the sloping roofline is compromised rear headroom as compared to the X3.Our test car came with a 2.0-litre in-line 4 petrol with turbocharging churning out 252 bhp and 350 Nm helping the X4 to 100 kmph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds. That’s pretty quick. It’s actually just 0.3 seconds slower than the 3.0-litre in-line 6 diesel variant which has more power and 270 Nm more torque. The third engine option is a 2.0-litre diesel with 190 bhp of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque on tap. Gearbox duties are handled by the ubiquitous 8-speed torque convertor from ZF which is quick and jerk-free. BMW is a pioneer of sorts when it comes to sporty SUVs and the likes of the X4 are a testament to that. The X4’s dynamic capabilities belie the high-riding body style.So, if you’re someone with around Rs 70-odd lakh to spare and looking for something that will have people craning their necks to get another glimpse of what just drove past them then, by all means, go ahead and indulge yourself.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments The greatest everWe took the Porsche 911 and BMW X4 for a spin to find out what lived up to the hype. And what didn’t.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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A copy of Canadian Business magazine is seen in a shop, in Montreal, Friday, September 30, 2016. Rogers Communications announced it will stop publishing the magazine along with Flare, MoneySense and Sportsnet and offer online versions only. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz TORONTO – Rogers Media announced Friday a sweeping overhaul of its magazines — with Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business becoming online-only publications — in response to declines in subscribers and print advertising revenue.Other changes to take effect in January will see Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Today’s Parent cut the number of print editions that they publish. Maclean’s, the national current affairs magazine founded more than a century ago, will go from weekly to monthly issues, while Chatelaine and Today’s Parent will now be published six times a year.“What we’ve seen is over the past five years a gradual dwindling of the subscriber business across most of our titles,” Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing at Rogers Media, said in an interview.“There are certainly exceptions. But the bigger issue is our ability to monetize those audiences through advertising. The magazine business held up relative to the newspaper business quite well for a long time, but in recent years what we’ve found is the advertising dedicated to Canadian magazines has started to drop off quite rapidly.”For instance, print advertising revenue for Rogers Media plunged more than 30 per cent this year compared to last, Maich said.The Toronto-based media giant, a subsidiary of Rogers Communications, is also looking to sell all of its business-to-business magazines as well as its French publications. Maich said the company is already in active discussions with potential buyers and hopes to close those sales by the end of the year.Maich could not say how many positions will be lost, but added the cuts won’t be significant.“There will be some job loss, particularly related to people whose jobs are overwhelmingly focused on print today,” he said.“But our decisions that we’re announcing today are really not primarily focused on reducing our labour force. We’re in the quality content business. We are already operating very efficiently and we think there’s a big opportunity to deliver more digital content to our audiences.”Rogers Media said its subscribers can request full refunds on their accounts.The revamp is a huge shift in strategy for the company, which came into being after the takeover of Maclean Hunter in 1994 and from there built a publishing empire that features more than 50 consumer magazines and trade publications.In announcing the changes, Rogers Media touted its digital operations, pointing out growth of 41 per cent over the last two years in the number of unique visitors to its Rogers magazine websites. The amount of time people spend on those sites monthly is also up 34 per cent year over year, the company said.But Rogers Media has been afflicted by the same forces that have taken a bite out of the newspaper industry, a sector that has coped with rounds of mass layoffs this year because of falling print advertising revenue.In early September, the Globe and Mail issued a call for 40 employee buyouts. About a month before that, Torstar announced it was laying off more than 50 people, mostly from the Toronto Star newsroom. In January, Postmedia cut 90 positions and merged newsrooms in four cities.Bill Reynolds, the director of Ryerson University’s graduate program in journalism, said he’s encouraged that Rogers Media is keeping Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense and Canadian Business alive in a digital format rather than killing the brands outright.“It does seem like the sky is falling when you make a decision like this, but on the other hand, maybe you have to make a drastic decision at some point,” Reynolds said.He expects there could be more magazines that go digital-only as advertising dollars continue to migrate away from print.“I think some publications will probably resist this temptation and some will see it as being important to have a physical publication and have that presence,” Reynolds said.“But it’s a business for most of them, and if they’re losing money hand-over-fist every year and the revenues keep shrinking and there’s really no money to produce the magazine, what recourse do they have?”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 9:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers stops the presses on 4 magazines, cuts back others due to print revenue drop read more