London is certainly the place to go if you want to find the latest and greatest supercars from all of the prestigious automakers. That being said, you can still make an impression if you show up with a car that nobody has ever heard of and in this case we are obviously talking about the Indian-made DC Avanti sportscar. It was seen cruising the streets of the city a few days ago and as you can see from the attached footage, it made a big impression as the bystanders started wondering what sort of car it is while others took pictures of the machine.
The production-spec DC Avanti was launched earlier this year and it’s the first true sportscar developed in our country, although it’s not entirely “Made in India” taking into account the engine is sourced from Renault. It’s a potent four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with 250 bhp and 340 Nm of torque which enables the vehicle to cover the 0-100 kmph sprint in a more than decent 6 seconds before it reaches a top speed of 200 kmph which is electronically limited by the car manufacturer.
This should be a fun car to drive taking into account it adopts a rear-wheel drive and the engine is mounted in the back while the six-speed manual transmission should be a delight for purists who are not too fond of automatic gearboxes and prefer to do the shifting themselves. It rides on a chunky set of 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/35 front and 295/30 rear tires while the body is manufactured from carbon composite on a spaceframe.
It’s 4550 mm long, 1965mm wide and 1200mm tall, with a 2700mm wheelbase and a generous ground clearance of 170mm. In terms of safety, the DC Avanti has ABS with EBD as well as disc brakes for all four wheels while up front there are bi-halogen projector-style headlamps.
Overall, this is really a nice introductory sports car from India and hopefully the follow-up models will improve on the recipe.