The $220,000 Nano

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
the 220 000 nano

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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  • Accs Accs on Jan 07, 2010

    Excellent! Lets take one of the cheapest POS of the auto market.. made to be produced on the largest scale.. with so much thought that went into packaging and aerodynamics.. And lets UCK it up to the point of making the entire CONCEPT MOOT.. all the while stuffing it with larger tires (if you can see a way to fit 14's in here.. please tell me) and load it down with extra crap. This is like yahoos buying THE cheapEST korean / japanese cars possible and shoving DOUBLE the purchase price.. into crap that wont last the life of the vehicle. Im not being old here.. BUT DAMN. If Indians who used to get around on mopeds.. and bikes.. are now buying Nanos, now some yahoo company wants those same yahoos.. only with gobs of MOOLAH pouring out their ass.. to drive this mess (with that SAME inability).. Nice! SERIOUSLY?! Wouldnt it just be easier to design a new car from scratch?!

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Jan 07, 2010

    I'm afraid to do the double nickel in that thing.

  • Fred Fred on Jan 07, 2010

    I don't get it.

  • Gsnfan Gsnfan on Jan 07, 2010

    I'm an Indian (in America), I have a passion for cars, and there's no way in hell I'm driving that thing.