When Dilip Chhabria announced that his custom design firm DC will be launching cars developed from scratch, many eyebrows were raised. The real stunner came when the brand first showcased the country’s first ever local sports car, the DC Avanti, at the 2012 Auto Expo. The sportscar was announced at a price of Rs. 25 lakhs, a steal for a car promising a radical design and high performance. A production version of the DC Avanti was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo alongside an SUV and a small car which will go on sale in the next two years.
The DC Avanti sportscar has just caught testing under heavy camouflage near Pune. Notably, DC has a factory at Talegaon, an industrial suburb of Pune. Although the first deliveries of the Avanti were expected to begin in March 2014, the economic slowdown and rising input costs are said to have caused a delay in the car’s launch.
The DC Avanti comes with impressive equipment, especially when it comes to the engine. Under the hood is a 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbo petrol motor sourced from Ford. This engine churns out a maximum power of 240 Bhp and a peak torque of 360 Nm. The Avanti tips the scales at 1,562 kgs and does the 0-100 Kph run in about 7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmph.
DC also asserts that there is a Honda V6 motor variant in the pipeline, which will have 400 Bhp on offer. The Avanti rides on 19 inch wheels shod with 255/35 rubber up front and 295/30 rubber at the rear. There are 330 mm disc brakes handling braking coupled with ABS and EBD. SRS airbags come as standard fitments. The company’s Talegaon facility will manufacture 3,500 units of the Avanti every year once the factory becomes functional later this year.