India, as an automobile manufacturing country, has hardly 2-3 homegrown companies like Tata and Mahindra. While both of them are more into mass market products, none of the Indian venture yielded out a supercar or a flashy car. But things changed in 2012 when the famous car modifier, Dilip Chabria and his company DC Designs revealed the Avanti - India's very own sportscar which our colleague recently spotted in Delhi.
DC has given a fair bit of sportscar treatment to the Avanti in terms of the design. The low hanging car is made from a carbon composite and is the body is laden on a spaceframe chassis. A kerb weight as low as 1580 kg and a ground clearance of 170mm gives Avanti a sportscar performance.The car is gets 255/35 tyres at the front and 295/30 tyres at the rear, both on 20-inch rims.
DC started delivery of the first batch of the supercar last month, with the very first Avanti given to Mr. Inderjeet Arora. Mr. Arora is a Delhi based businessman and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Arocon Real Estate Pvt Ltd. Mr. Inderjeet Arora was among the first 500 customers who booked the Avanti last year.
Technically speaking, DC Avanti can't match the performance of the other supercars in the market. But it's better than nothing as its Ford sourced 2.0-litre engine produces 250 HP and 360 Nm of torque. The power is enough to accelerate the Avanti from 0-100 kmph in under 8 seconds, which definitely is best in India so far. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
DC already sold out the first 500 cars and started taking booking for another batch. The price for first 500 customers was kept at Rs 34.93 Lakhs (ex-showroom), though DC has not confirmed the final retail price of the car.