Showcased as a concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the DC Avanti is the first of the line of completely home-built cars that Pune based speciality marque DC Design would launch. The 2-door car has been spotted testing in and around Pune quite a few times, but this is the first time where the final production model has been showcased ready for ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) testing and homologation. DC Design has not given any final date on the cars launch, but we reckon the low-slung Avanti would be heading for production in the last quarter of 2014 and will be launched in the first quarter of 2015.
The DC Avanti will feature a mid-engined 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine producing 248bhp and 340Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox powering the rear wheels. While the body will be made in CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), the powertrain will be able to propel the 1580Kg car from 0-100 kmph in around 6 seconds all the way till its electronically restricted top speed of 180kmph. DC Design has further news that a Honda-sourced V6 engine producing 394bhp is also planned for the future that would be mated to a dual-clutch 6-speed transmission. The car gets traction from its massive 295 section rear and 255 section front tyres wrapped around 20-inch alloy wheels that house 330mm discs at the front and 294mm discs at the rear.
The Avanti will be the first of the many fully built DC Design cars that are to hit their showrooms across india. Famed as the 30-lakh super car, DC Design aims to build and sell 2000 units per year. The Pune based automaker plans to further extend their portfolio in the fully built cars by launching the lightweight 2-seater Tia and the 2-door targa-top SUV – Eleron which were showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
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