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Old 14th July 2009, 00:26   #1
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Default Blackhawk, will you be mine? (A different kind of TD report on Mitsubishi Cedia)

It has been 38 days since I first laid eyes on her. I drove down to Somwar Peth (yes that's a place in Pune) to meet her, nervous all the way, sweaty palms sliding over the old steering wheel, a check on my deo every once in a while. The person who'd set up our meeting told her she was eager to see me too, she had just had her shower and was looking her prettiest with a slight wetlook.

As I turned into the lane, I saw her...it could only be her. Jetblack metal, gleaming alloys, red callipers and the swagger of someone who owns the road. She headed off into the distance to my dismay while I parked my steady love for 8 years - the Alpine blue Indica you see in the background in the shot. One last shot of deo before I got down to meet her.

My first date with my future partner. *My* Labrador Black Cedia Sports.

The owner told me his son (Mr. H) was just taking her for a spin and it would be mine to have fun with in just a short while. I was offered chai-coffee which I promtly declined - all I wanted was her. She returned from the spin, and I saw her face for the first time. Her striking sharp features will take your breath away every time you look at her. The smoked reflectors look more purposeful than any projectors on the highest end cars, the bumper looks ready to take on the world, the ridge along the centre of the bonnet lends character and the triangular grill with the triple diamond on top finishes off the boldest statement on the sportiest sedan this side of the Evo X - atleast in India. The razor-sharp front flows onto the sides which, though flat, are set off wonderfully by the curvy roofline and the aggressive side-skirts. Your eyes are then pulled towards one of the sexiest rears in the business, the stunning tapering clear tail-lamps set in a bootlid which curves upwards towards the subtle spoiler.

She is sexy and understated at the same time. And you know she can be garish and loud if she wants to be (Fast and the Furios anyone?). She, then, is truly a girl for every occassion. On the outside atleast.

It was then time for me to get intimate with her, experience how she behaves when ridden, properly. Mr.H handed me the keys and I promptly took position in the driver's seat. Everything just fell into place, my left hand automatically rested on her smooth leather clad gear-shift while my right caressed the curves on her steering wheel. I slipped the key into her ignition and with just one short twist, she was turned on. No drama, no ungainly cranks, just a smooth idle just begging to be taken onto the open road.

We drove out of the busy city centre and found some back roads to really unleash her wild side. A few quick turns later, I was facing the horizon with no traffic and nothing to disturb us. This was no time for smooth foreplay, I stomped her accelerator and she reared into life, first gear was disposed off at 40kmph, and 80kmph disappeared in 2nd gear, she was sounding orgasmic at this point. The cry of all her 2-liters, 4 valves and 16 cylinders had reached a goose-bumping crescendo. I saw the needle climbing up towards 5k rpms in 3rd gear while we were far past the ton but then I could also see the unwelcome rear ends of her poorer cousins get nearer. Such is city life, only one short burst of euphoria at a time. Each climactic moment lasting not more than 3-4 mins before the brakes are called upon.

And what brakes these are. I spared no mercy when I stomped down hard on the pedal, all four discs, ABS and EBD sprung into life to make everything seem so mundane. Coming down to 20kmph from 120+ was undramatic and almost akin to being thrown back to reality. Back in the real world, I threw her into 3rd gear at 30kmph to see how she'd cope with the vagaries of traffic. This lass had it all, not only did she surprise me with all her torque ensuring minimal gearshifts (40kmph in topgear is a breeze!) but she also totally caught me off the rocker with her ridiculously low turning radius (4.9m); not only was she raw and savage but also quite nimble!

After what seemed like a roller-coaster ride of an hour, I grudgingly parked her beside my Alpine blue baby. It was time to reflect on this beauty in my hands. As I looked out the panoramic windscreen, my eyes were drawn to the carbon-fibre dash and the many small touches of titanium in the dash. Each little bit not distracting from the overall experience of what this car was - pure driving pleasure. I was reminded of the ad campaign for her - No Parking; how true!

I got into my Indica, started her and drove away. Knowing very well that I'd met the love of my life. We were meant to be. She was mine.

41 days later, she is going to be mine. On Thursday, July 16th this beauty will come home with me. To spend the most of the rest of our lives together.

The Mitsubishi Cedia Sports. My first car. Very very soon.

Waiting impatiently,

Blackhawk, will you be mine? (A different kind of TD report on Mitsubishi Cedia)-cedia.jpg

Statutory Warning: Car enthusiasts will not appreciate the superlatives used in the above paragraph. But as an enthusiast, you'll relate to the meaning of first love. Head over heels.

PS: Yes, the Great Driving Challenge is just a coincidence. But it would be very very helpful if you guys could vote for Namrata and Me, and write a testimonial too!

PPS: Should I name her Black-hawk?

PPPS: For those who have to ask the intimate details, she is 3 years and 3 months old with 31k kms on her. I got her for a shade over 5 big ones.
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Congratulations man, that's truly well written.
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Do I hear Wedding Bells?? lol.. very well written.

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Old 14th July 2009, 01:18   #4
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Man that is a well written review.

Ticking off each of those 41 days one by one is going to be one of the hardest things you have ever done. But here's wishing you do survive the torture.
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Very interesting narration there and this kind of tells us your passion for the car. Have fun and drive safe.
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U shouldnt have posted her pic here .Look at all these people drooling over your would-be.

Ur writing is as good as ur ride to be! Exemplary!

Btw..I guess you have swapped your valves and cylinders
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Amazing car! Looks wicked in Black
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What a narration! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your first love
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the narration and the car looks awesome.will be waiting for the july 16 red carpet day...
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Trust payne to write such super stuff!

Congrats on the acquisition
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Smile Good deal...

I feel it is a good deal that you have bargained for in case she is still in her prime...Enjoy your ride, nay your life....
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I have never liked a black car. This is an exception.

I understand how you feel , two more nights and she's all yours. That truly is a great feeling.
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congratz dude!
she truly looks hot inblack
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when I read the title, I thought some one on Team-bhp actually tested a Blackhawk helicopter but then it was just a Cedia. :(

Congrats on the new car.
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My Safari was 50k cheaper than the Cedia when I was upgrading. Love the car , black or red or yellow; anything.
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