A Jaguar F Type Coupe is the next dream machine for Saina Nehwal. The Indian badminton ace has recently taken to social media to post a video of her test drive the giant on wheels with the caption “Planning to buy this beauty… Jaguar F-Type.” The sports car is Jaguar’s flagship offering in the country and certainly one of most beautiful cars currently on sale worldwide.
Over the course of her career, Shaina has been awarded and owned several luxury cars. In 2012, Sachin Tendulkar had presented Saina with a BMW, congratulating her on winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics. More recently, Hyundai India awarded her a Creta First Anniversary Edition in celebration of her winning the Australian Open Championship in 2016.
The Jaguar F-Type then, would be an extremely beautiful addition to her garage costing around INR 1.5 crore and certainly the envy of many.
However, there are many other sports icons who have been an ardent petrolhead in their choice of wheels. InsideSport.co takes a look at some of the sports stars and their star-studded machines:
1. Virat Kohli
Virat, the big Audi fan, has as many as five of their cars in his garage including an R8 LMX, A8 L W12 and a Q7. The hotshot cricketer also endorses the brand in India. The most expensive of his garage list is Audi R8 LMX. It comes with a price tag of INR 3 crore.
According to the recent twitter post of Audi India, the Indian Cricket captain has set his eyes on an upcoming car from the car manufacturer. However, the revelation is to be made soon.
— Audi India (@AudiIN) October 3, 2017
2. MS Dhoni
Dhoni is known for his fondness for fancy motorcycles. But that does not mean he is less passionate about luxury, high-end four-wheelers. His collection of cars includes a Ferrari 599 GTO, Hummer H2, Audi Q7, Porsche 911, GMC Sierra and much more. Ferrari 599 GTO is the most expensive in his garage list amounting up to INR 2.5 crore.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is a car lover. His collection is a clear indication of this passion. The car collection, which has started with the humble Honda City, is now decorated with an exciting range from the almost pedestrian to Italian exotics. He is a proud owner of Lamborghini Murcielago which costs a whopping INR 3 crore. He also owns many other luxury cars like Porsche 911, Bentley Continental, BMW M5 and also Audi Q5.
4. Sachin Tendulkar
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has had a love for the automobile since his school days. And his car dreams have grown along with his stature. As the brand ambassador of BMW India, he has been seen driving his X5M, 7 Series and of course the customised i8 finished in red. He has also famously owned a Ferrari 360 Modena and a Nissan GT-R. The customised BMW i8 is approximately worth INR 2.5 crore.
Doubles badminton ace player Jwala Gutta is also a car lover and she owns a Mercedes Benz ML-Class and a BMW 6-Series convertible. While Jwala uses the Mercedes Benz SUV as a daily driver, the 6-Series drop-top is used as a weekend set of wheels worth INR 1.3 crore.
6. Leander Paes
One of India’s most celebrated tennis veteran Leander Paes, who is also an Olympic medalist, has a Porsche Cayenne as his daily driver, apart from a flurry of other cars. The luxury car is reportedly worth INR 1 crore.
7. Mahesh Bhupathi
Another well-known tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi owns a Mercedes Benz E-Class and a BMW 7-Series luxury saloon. The luxury BMW 7-series is worth INR 1.2 crore.
8. Abhinav Bindra
Ace shooter and Olympic medallist Abhinav Bindra owns a BMW 5-Series as his priced possession. Following his Olympic medal-winning efforts, he was gifted a Volvo S80 sedan by the Swedish automaker. The BMW 5-Series is reportedly worth 50 Lakh.