Spied – IAB reader catches the DC Avanti on test
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The DC Avanti, which was originally supposed to be delivered to the first customers in February, still continues its testing regime. Called by the company as “India’s first supercar”, the Avanti was initially showcased as a concept at the 2012 Auto Expo.
The production version graced this year’s Auto Expo with changes to the frame, aerodynamics and interiors. The low slung homegrown supercar has been spotted testing by IAB reader Mr. Suresh Bhati. The DC Avanti derives its motive force from a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine that is good for 250 bhp and 360 Nm of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. DC claims that the Avanti can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds, and on its way to a top speed of 180 km/h. The supercar weighs 1,580 kg and being developed in India, the ground clearance stands at 170 mm.
DC Design’s head Mr. Dilip Chhabria announced earlier that the Avanti would be offered at an introductory price of INR 25 lakhs for first 25 units after which it would retail at INR 30 lakhs. The car would be manufactured at DC’s facility in Talegaon near Pune at a rate of 100 units per month.