Scout Silver

New thrills on wheels

Photo above: Barry Hathaway

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Welcome back the Scout

You could say the Indian Scout has effortless beauty, but that would be unfair to its design team: something this attractive doesn’t happen without a lot of hard work. The Indian brand has been through the ringer since the original Indian Motorcycle Co went bankrupt in 1953. Numerous nostalgia-fuelled false restarts have kept the name alive, but only recently, with serious money behind it, has it been properly dusted off. In the last two years we’ve seen the return of the Chief, the Chieftain touring model, and now the Indian Scout gets the resurrection treatment.

This light cruiser comes in at the bottom end of the range in terms of price and weight. At 253kg with a full tank, it has some heft, but it’s about 130kg lighter than its biggest brother to appeal to a more diverse demographic. Though built for the open road, the Scout is more than capable of manoeuvring around town. Which, of course, is where it will turn heads. The advertising may feature empty desert highways, but something this pretty needs to be seen. 

A new legacy: Indian Motorcycle

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New 911, new thrills

If you like the wind in your hair but your thrills behind the wheel, the newly unveiled Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS might be more your style. Porsche cover all the 911 bases, with 21 variations available on the market. However, this is the first time that the company has combined the folding-roofed, glass-wrapped Targa with the GTS badge. The Targa 4 GTS carries the distinctive GTS flared bodywork, features a bit more power than the Targa 4S (430hp vs 400hp) and, in common with the other GTS models, bridges the gap between the ‘comfortable’ and ‘performance’ niches of the 911 range, adding more of the latter without sacrificing the former.

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Because it’s not just a ride, it’s an experience

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