By on January 7, 2010

Before the conversion. Picture courtesy

The world’s supposedly cheapest car ($2,500 apiece) will cost $220,000 when Mumbai-based D.C. Design is through with it. They will keep the car’s snub-nosed shape, everything else has to go.

The standard two-cylinder 624cc, 33-horsepower engine will be replaced by a 1600cc engine. To make room for the motor, the back seats will be removed. The car will get new brakes, new suspension, and bigger 20-inch wheels to allow for the top speed of 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph).

D.C. Design will accommodate customer desires for colors and trims, the technology cannot be modified. “There will be a lot of tech wizardry in it, plenty of IT-enabled equipment,” said Dilip Chhabaria, head of D.C. Design, to AFP (via Google.)

D.C. Design plans to build two to five of the world’s most expensive Nanos per year. Their target market is wealthy Indians “who have a passion for cars” (and a wanton disregard of cost.)

A prototype is expected in two months.

In related news, the export model of the regular Nano could be headed to the U.S. in three years, said Ratan Tata, chairman of Indian automaker Tata Motors, to the Freep. That’s a year later than originally planned, but Tata will have its hands full: “For the United States we need a car which has a larger engine and we need additional crash-test modifications and we are in the process of doing it,” Ratan Tata said.

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