DC Avanti £36,000 Indian Supercar
The word ‘supercar’ generally conjures up exotic images of Italian thoroughbreds, high performance reliability from Germany and classically potent beauty from the UK. Soon though there will be a new player in the world of four-wheeled exotica. India.
To be honest, when anyone mentions cars from India my initial thought is of the colourful customisations, rickshaws and Tata. The latter produces the world’s cheapest car, the (not iPod) Nano.
More recently though India has become the home to a brand new Formula 1 circuit based in Delhi and the need for speed has obviously crept through to their manufacturing as it has now birthed their very first supercar – the DC Avanti.
The DC Avanti has been created by DC Design who usually specialise in modifying existing vehicles and prototypes for the likes of Renault, Aston Martin and GM. This is no concept vehicle either but a full-on road-going prototype with production starting next year.
Dilip Chhabria, head honcho at DC Designs, enthused: “The Indian market for high-end automobiles is on a steep uphill curve as witnessed year-on-year and our focus is on the top end of the rarefied niche. We intend to set up an all new facility at Talegaon, near Pune to build this vehicle. 300 – 400 units of the Avanti will be produced between 2013 and 2014. Based on demand production capacity could be ramped up to four digit figures per annum for the Avanti.”
If you can’t decide whether to buy and Audi A8, or Ferrari 458 Italia then the front-end of the DC Avanti may cover that as there seems to be a distinct flavour of both vehicles in the nose and lights. Around the back you get a slice of Bugatti and Lambo with perhaps a sprinkle of Lotus.
Personally I think it works but I do prefer my classic sports cars to be honest.
Don’t let the design fool you; the DC Avanti hasn’t been cobbled together with bits from other cars just to get the first Indian sports car out there.
The first version of the Avanti will be powered by Ford’s revolutionary EcoBoost engine technology. The unit is a 2.0 litre DOHC four cylinder featuring Direct Injection, four valves per cylinder with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and turbo charging. Power output has been rated at 243PS with 366Nm of torque. So more hot hatch than super car but a faster and more powerful version packing a 400+hp Honda V6 engine is expected to go into production later on.
The engine will be mated to a six speed manual gearbox for the purist while a six-speed dual clutch gearbox will be available. The car is electronically limited to a top speed of 250 km/h.
The DC Avanti is set to be relatively affordable when it’s released in 2013, with prices starting at around £36,000.