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09 January 2012

DC reveals Avanti at Delhi auto show

Meet India’s first super(ish) car - the DC Design Avanti. It’s cheap...

Matthew Jones
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Say namaste to the first Indian-designed sports car in the history of TIME.

It's called the DC Avanti, it's just been unveiled at the Delhi motor show and it's a comfortable signpost that India's appetite for cars has just got a bit more discerning.

It's cheap(ish), too; the pricetag's expected to hover around 30 lakh rupees.

Which isn't at all bad considering how spritely it promises to be. Initially, it'll get a blown Ford 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 261bhp. A 394bhp Honda V6 version will join the fray later, both of which will be attached to a six-speed dual clutch transmission.

The, err, idiosyncratically styled shell's got a lot of aluminum in it so weight's kept down to a relatively buoyant 1560kg. This means the (claimed) 0-100kph time's less than seven seconds, which, admitedly, stretches the definition of supercar a bit, but it's still fast for the money.

So, who the hell is DC? They're an Indian tuning house better known for adding big plastic nappies and bling-a-ding rims to everything from Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Porsche Cayennes to Tata Nanos. Then charging punters inordinate amounts of money (its tinkered Nano costs Rs 1.15 crore. ONE CRORE FIFTEEN LAKH RUPEES).

The manufacturer wants to build 200 cars a year at first, but plans to churn out up to 2000 cars a year longer term.

Would you drive India's first sporty/superyishcar, TopGear.comniverse?

Tags: avanti, dc design, auto expo 12

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