DC Design, an Indian company who specialise in creating highly modified one-off show cars (like the DC Design GO), concept cars for other manufacturers, and luxurious custom interiors for a variety of vehicles, used the 2012 Auto Expo in New Dehli to show of the DC Design Avanti. The concept is a sports car prototype which the company hope to put into series production, and sell for 30 lakh rupees in India – roughly $56,000 at current exchange rates.
Before we go any further, we’ll have to clear the air and talk about the DC Design Avanti’s styling. It’s arguably as controversial as the original Avanti. And it somehow manages to borrow styling elements from the two best known European supercar manufacturers. There’s definitely some Ferrari 458 Italia in the headlights and a hint of Lamborghini Murcielago in the sides. At the rear the DC Design Avanti is far more original, and it features some neat truncated lines. In numerous places the bodywork appears to be intentionally mismatched to the curvature of the adjoining panel – as if it somehow adds to the overall design. It doesn’t. Which is a shame because DC Design do have the ability to make good looking cars. This just isn’t one of them.
If you can see past the DC Design Avanti’s stylistic flaws then you’ll find yourself sat within a tubular spaceframe chassis, just ahead of a specially tuned Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre four-cylinder, dohc, 16-valve, turbocharged engine. The engine is rated at 240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm, and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque is produced at 3,500 rpm. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, with a six-speed dual clutch transmission an option. 0-60 mph is said to take under seven seconds, and the top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph.
If that doesn’t sound like enough, then you’ll be pleased to know a 400 horsepower Honda V6 powered version is in the pipeline.
Dilip Chhabria, the founder of DC Design said of the Avanti: “We intend to produce 300 units of the Avanti in 2013-2014 and if all goes well we could ramp up production to go into four figures per annum. Till now DC Design was noted for its design and customization but then we added complete engineering and prototyping to our roster of services and working for the world’s biggest names helped us understand and add to our expertise.”
Initially it would appear that DC Design are mainly looking to sell to customers within India, especially as the country is rapidly developing, and the wealthy middle-class population is growing at a prodigious rate. However DC Design have also hinted that the car has been developed with European regulations in mind, suggesting they may export a number of cars outside India.
Source: DC Design