Sleek, fast and classy: Mangalore's craze for supercars and bikes

Sleek, fast and classy: Mangalore's craze for supercars and bikes

Vineeth Monis/ Sanchia Nazareth
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Oct 24: In a tier-II city like Mangalore, one does not expect to see much of the exotic lifestyle that one can witness in metro cities. But if you are by chance awake at midnight, then you will definitely notice some amazing vehicles cruising on the empty roads. Supercars are a faster and better version of a sports car. These vehicles are more suitable for better roads one may say, but if you have a bout of car mania then getting hold of one of these beauties is worth the price and experience, despite the poor condition of roads.

Social networking sites and media are a major encouragement for car and bike enthusiasts to share their passion. One such group in Facebook which has brought out the best of the city’s beasts is the 'Super Cars and Bikes in Mangalore'. The group has over 19,000 likes and gives regular updates on new cars and bikes that arrive in the city along with photographs. The group also organizes various discussions and gives an update of events in the city.

Coming to city's most prominent cars and bikes, Arjun Moras is one person whom few can beat when it comes to possessing a fleet of beauties. A business tycoon, Arjun who has been passionate about cars and bike since childhood, has in his prized possession an Audi R8 imported from Germany at a pricey Rs 2.47 crore. His other cars include a BMW X6 (Rs 1.2 crore),  Audi Q7 ( Rs 87 lac), and Beetle (Rs 26 lac).

He also owns a Suzuki Intruder, an 1800cc motorbike, imported from Japan via a dealer in Bangalore for Rs 16 lac.

Depending on the collection, service center facilities and variety of offers, Arjun says that he will plan his next buy.

Sanjay Rao is among Mangalore's top businessmen and an avid socialite. His history with cars goes a long way. A Mercedes C class was one of his first buys and he has gone a long way since then. There is no doubt that running a motor vehicle business has boosted his passion for sleek machines.

Being an ardent enthusiast, he recently visited the Delhi F1 circuit where he drove the Audi R8 and in the past he has also visited the McLaren factory in the UK.

Sanjay currently owns a Porsche Panamera priced at Rs 1.5 crore. He also owns an Audi TT priced at Rs 60 lac.

Sanjay says that Mangaloreans are car-crazy and sales in the city have always been on the higher side. When asked about the dream car that he would like to own, he proudly claimed that he wanted the Ferrari 458 Italia.

During our research, we stumbled upon an interesting fact.  A total of 44 cars with KA 19 registration are worth more than Rs 50 lac each. The cars purchased in the current year stand at 12 till now.

Similarly, when it comes to superbikes, there are altogether 20 priced above Rs 5 lac each. Among these, two bikes have been purchased in 2013.

There is much talk about the tax levied upon these cars. For a car priced above Rs 20 lac, the tax is approximately 18 percent (excluding road tax) plus 11 percent cess. When it comes to bikes priced above Rs 50,000, it is 12 percent tax (excluding road tax) plus 11 percent cess.

Speaking to Daijiworld, RTO Afzal Ahmed Khan said that Mangalore has more potential for high-end cars and bikes when compared to other districts. “Wherever we find anyone trying to evade tax, we enforce it strictly as the state is very particular about such regulations.”

Traffic inspector Nagaraj said Mangalore has around four lac vehicles and there are around 30-40 new registrations on a daily basis. “Vehicles increase in number but the road conditions need improvement,” he said.

"Although concrete roads are not meant for speed cars, we cannot restrict anyone from purchasing such supercars. But at the same time, the owner should not cross the limits and must abide by the law,” he added.

Meraj Yusuf is one of the youngest owners of a superbike, the Suzuki Hayabusa. The bike costs over Rs 15 lac on the road.

He was the first one in the city to avail a superbike. Although a sports bike enthusiast, a cruiser, Triumph Rocket, or the Harley Road King will top his list on the next big buy. Yusuf has already invested in a new supercar which the city is waiting to catch a glimpse of.

Another biker enthusiast from Udupi, Sushil owns a Yamaha R1 priced at around Rs 18 lac. His passion for riding has encouraged him to buy a superbike.

“After learning to ride on an old CBR 250, I made the decision of purchasing this bike. I have a circle of friends who also own a couple of superbikes and we organize rides wherein the longest ride till date has been to Goa. Our priority during the rides is safety, and I encourage everyone to follow the rules and ride safe," he stated.

His dream is to own a sports bike as he says that since he is young now he can manage it, but as he gets a little older he would love to own a Harley Davidson.


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  • Jagdish, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 30 2013


    Hey Hey Hey am I seeing Miraj in that cool bike? for a sec, it was some guy from MotoGP...


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  • Mohammed, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 29 2013

    those who can afford let them enjoy in driving with pride. after all they pay taxes for every purchase they do. nothing wrong in it,

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  • Praveen Kumaresh, Bengaluru

    Sun, Oct 27 2013

    In Bangalore also now the love for bicycle has increased and people have reduced use of Bikes & Scooters. Mainly foreign returned Professionals prefer to travel by Cycle even to their Office. This is the influence of European culture which is a quite healthy habit.
    But only in Mangalore/Udupi people are still crazy about Bikes/Scooters. In Tulunadu people want to show off their wealth by purchasing bikes for their 15 year old son and scooty for 14 year old daughter ( of course against Rules).

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  • Nelson, Canada

    Sun, Oct 27 2013

    yes Mangaloreans are crazy for Cars and Bikes, But the Roads in Mangalore is crazy for those Cars and Bikes.

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  • Joe D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 26 2013

    These big boasters can't afford to pay Karnataka Road Taxes while driving here. They go to Pondy or Goa or elsewhere.
    Twice I saw a BMW and Toyota Fortuner owners throwing garbage on Kadri Road side because they could not afford to pay Door garbage picker. Once I saw a Mercedes Owner Urinating on road side because He could not afford a Bathroom. Recently a 14 lakh Motor-Bike ended up into two pieces of 7 Lakh each. I am just thinking whom to grab for my next Big Car. May be to grab land belongs to......

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  • dam, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Ghandiji says... Obbanige yavdu sadhya vo adu yellarigoo sadhya....!!??

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  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    In spite of progress and evolution on auto sector, we have been carrying and moving the bullock cart on wheels, since a couple of centuries.
    We have been blindly following the primitive concept, with the force of expensive fuel, enjoying air pollution and sound pollution, paying heavy transport costs and simply multiplying vehicles on roads but without satisfying the transport need of rapidly growing volume of commuters and goods.
    We are comfortable with the mobile revolution (benefits) and auto-mobile evolution (problems).

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  • SM, Bangalore

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Mangloreans, registering Cars in Kerala and Pondichery due to low registration tax and driving on Mangalore roads.

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  • Rudolf, Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Hard work or smart work??

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    Coz they are lazy, dont want to work. Wants only freebees.

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  • AHD, Mangalore /Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    There are many car lovers and super car buyers. Many cars in mangalore which costs above crore but cant afford to register in karnataka (KA)?

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    My best guess is that owners of super cars do not think it is worth paying lakhs of Rs as KA road tax considering the condition of the roads. Just try driving on Sakleshpur ghat road or Sullia to Sampaje, you will know what I mean :) The only vehicles that are fit to ply on KA roads are Buses (that too owned by Govt by using public money)

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  • Kiran Acharya, Manipal

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    1. Even if you can't afford one, nothing prevents you from Admiring these creations of modern automotive engineering.
    2. Let these inspire others to work hard, earn honestly and own one of these beauties in future.
    3. About those concerned about the have nots, please realize that the owners of these beauties have already paid close to 110% as taxes...for the upliftment of the downtrodden.

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  • Derek, Boston

    Thu, Oct 24 2013





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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    What enjoyment or thrill would you get in driving these "machines"???

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    From Boston to where buddy????

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  • Derek, Boston

    Fri, Oct 25 2013

    From "Boston" to "where buddy"????

    You mean "Mangalore" to "Mumbai buddy"...

    Sorry to not comprehend your question ?

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  • Rudolf, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Very nice to see these beauties on the roads of Mangalore!! Vulgar flaunting of wealth where majority of people live below the poverty line!!

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  • Praveen Kumaresh, Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    What a Contrast. There are Crores of people in India who cant even afford to have an ordinary Bicycle.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Manglaore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013


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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Lucky guys...some people doesn't have even a small moped..

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    I too have a passion for cars and it is good to see that my dear - young friend Sanjay is indeed a person who loves cars. In my time I have driven a Porshe and now i am driving different cars in U.S.A. more particularly a BMW the upper end car which is owned by my son Franco Gonsalves who too has imbibed my craze for cars. During my younger days I was a crazy driver of motor cycles too having owned an A.J.S. , Triumph twin speed and a B.S.A. at diifferent times and even recently I have driven a large Honda 600 c.c. motor cycle in the roads of Detroit

    I have seen the Porshe owned by Sanjay but not the Audi which I am sure to see on my return to India soon.

    Even though I have not met Arjun Moras, I understand that one can write volume about him and his craze for cars and by all accounts he is the proud owner of quality cars.

    Sanjay and his two brothers Ashok and Kishore are astute businessmen having acquired these qualities from their late father Sripathi Rao a person of name and fame who was a good friend of mine.

    I have been a Maruthi customer for over thirty-five years and I like the Maruthi cars for their reliability, quality and performance.

    Indeed Mangalore and the people of Mangalore have come a long way ever since the advent of cars. While on the subject the very first car was owned by The Saldanha family of Highland Coffee works - A DEDION (French Car) which is now lodged in the St. Aloysious College Museum. Mr. Harry Saldanha the grand-son of P.F.X. Saldanha is my son-in-law

    Kudos to the organizers of the car exhibition.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, Oct 28 2013

    As we grow, our fascination with adventure and possessions of life will change, and when we reach the retirement age, we rather have less things in life or nothing other than food and a shelter. I have a personal friend who is wearing cheap clothings and worn out shoes. His plastic watch cost less than $ 10.00 and he eats fruits to save money. However, he has millions of dollars worth of real estate, even bought the old Coca cola building four years back. Now at 70, being tired and sick having no children, he is so moody and depressed. This is life.

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  • victor, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    only one car with KA registration

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Let us not hype over buying an imported cars/bikes. They say Indians only have the purchasing powers but they don't have the powers to invent and innovate new cars/bikes, i.e., in Short "Producing Powers". If people in Mangalore clearly observe that people who buy high end cars, their vehicle is registered in Pondicherry because of very low tax when compared to Karnataka where taxes are very high. So you can just the mentality. People don't buy high end cars/bikes that gives comforts to themself on Mangalore roads but they buy it to impress others. All these vehicles are purchased on Bank loans and later default in EMI's and that is why recently State Bank of India increased the income limit for Bank Loan to Rs. 6 Lakhs. Let us all sit back and think that all these high end cars/bikes are just icing on the cake that will erode slowly and gradually.

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    An expensive hobby! If one can afford it, why not having it?

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Bhandarkar, chalta hai. Ye tho Duniya hai our hum tho pagal hai.

    Sacha pyar, aur joote wadenh our kya. (please excuse me)

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Dear Bhandarkar,

    Inspiring quote.... by the way, I would like to know during which period (year) you used to come across such models. Now days everything is a fast track I believe.

    Paisa hai tho subkuch hai !

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Yaar Flavian....
    Paisa hai To Sab Kuch Hai...
    Lekin 'Saccha Pyaar' nahin...
    'Paucity' of money too on the 'flip side' prompts you to make mistakes in life sometimes. I did. Now however I live on the philosophy that...
    'Ultimately Nothing Matters'......

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  • Kenneth Pereira, Mangalore / Canada

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Hey buddy Sanjay,
    Nice to see u on daiji after years. Good to see you with you personal hobby. Will definitely meet next time in town. Good luck and all the best to you and your bro Ashok. Regards to you both

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  • jithesh,

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Kaas itthunda ‘shoki’ kelavu… dada panpaar?? voikla nseeb bodu.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Mangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in India - Thanks to ........

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  • Lubna Sadiq, bahrain

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Good article sanchia

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    I know one person who can afford and likes this kind of cars, but not buying it fearing extortion calls!!!!! I wish extortionists get crushed under such cars!!

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Somebody is in Que to get rice 2Re/kg and somebody to get some lakhs bike n cars !

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Tastes too change with times...Our times ,we too had a craze to own fashioned ,well cushioned ,oiled but lively and vibrant beauties who 'walked' at .000000000143 miles per hour.....They were never pricey but classy . Hard to find such a model nowadays...

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  • gerald, modankap

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    as always BHANDU MAAM is naughty

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    Baab Gerald...
    Looking at the agree and disagrees..I am confused!It's because of you...Am I naughty or not naughty??
    By the way what is the definition of 'Naughty' here?
    Smiling at an aunty in a nightie???

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 24 2013

    This craze or menia may be because of excessive richness with the people because this is costly luxury of the people.Find out are they pay tax properly.Thanq.

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