Remember DC Designs? It is the same company which made the 3-door Evoque-alike. DC Designs has also developed its own supercar, India’s first and only home-made supercar. Known as the Avanti, the vehicle looks fabulous at the front, just about average at the sides and terrible at the rear. The interiors feature bucket seats, the quality seems to be below average.
Power comes from an un-supercarish 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine (sourced from Ford), which generates 250 BHP of power and 366 Nm of torque. The Avanti uses a tubular space frame chassis and runs on 255 width rubber (front) and 295 width rubber (rear). The tires are bolted onto 19-inch wheels. The Avanti has a dry weight of 1562 kgs. Braking duties are performed by 330 mm disc brakes all around.
Some might find the DC Avanti a below average supercar, as it does not boast of quality, or supercar performance. However, the DC Avanti has a super-low price. Ex-showroom (without road tax and insurance) it is listed at Rs. 30 lakhs ($54,000), which is cheaper than the MINI Cooper S. That is where the DC Avanti starts making sense. It targets the aspirational supercar demographic. DC Designs has plans to export the Avanti to other markets, so would you consider one?
Faisal Ali Khan is the owner/operator of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the auto industry of India.