Thank you everyone for sharing your ideas with me.
Mumbai - ShaniShingnapur - Shirdi - Mumbai , Total 698 kms .
I am really please & was looking forward to pen down my experience with the Scorpio AT - "The Mighty Rhino".
I had done night duties and returned home at 0600 hrs.Went to sleep & got up at 0945, got ready, cranked the Rhino at 1030 hrs.
Including me, we were a total of 07 people, 04 were between 5'9" to 5'11" & the other 03 including myself 5'8".
02 took the 3rd row, 03 in the middle & dad next to me.
The Garmin technology was handy & gave 02 best routes; we had to pick up something from Borivali & hence took the Ghodbunder route.
My experience was out of the world, you are really not doing anything, it just like Autopilot in the aircraft.
The engine was so smooth, I used the step-down technique for overtaking & it was just cool. I have read & heard many people saying that you can’t' speed up all of a sudden, this is super wrong, I could do it as easily as I use to do with my manual Safari.
Hence I conclude from my first hand experience of driving AT Scorpio that it is just as normal as it has to be. Definitely just a minor 1/2 sec to 01 sec lag in roaring the thrust out from the engines is there but then it did no matter since everything else was pure luxury .
To add to the luxury,
1. Cruise Control (along with Reset Coarse switch - this gives you the same last speed if required)
2. I was Ok with my ICE - No complaints.
3. Being AT, The Hill Hold is defaulted - one more luxury & great safety.
4. Mountain Drive Mode - another great safety feature. Tried to use this in Kasara Ghat, thought not required since the sensitivity of a difficult Ghat was not felt.
I was very Happy Driving the Rhino as an AT , my DAD was the most happy since he did not find me cribbing about pressing the clutch every now and then and shifting gears .
Breakfast - Lunch
As we were going to Holy Place, we were all vegetarians for 02 days. If anyone is going to Shirdi, should go via Nasik & not GOTI, you will land driving a little more but would save on time along with 04 lanes highway.
On the way , on the left side is a Jain Mandir i.e. just 15 mins before entering Nasik.
Rs 40 Lunch, Rs 30 Break- fast – Caution – Never wear half shorts only full trousers are allowed.
Food – Awesome, homemade, by the trust, variety of vegetables, rotis, chapattis, dal & sweet dish.
Also do not take more, you can have as much as you can , but can’t throw the left overs,you have to finish everything.
I would like to encourage people to buy Scorpio Automatic – You know the best part – GOT AN FUEL AVERAGE OF 13.9 / Lt – What else you want, that too with constant Air-condition.