DC Design has just released a video of India’s homegrown sportscar, the Avanti. The Avanti will be produced at DC Design’s Talegaon factory from mid 2014. The car will be priced below 30 lakh rupees, making it an affordable option for sportscar enthusiasts in India. While it remains to be seen whether the Avanti lives up to the hype surrounding it, the sportscar seems like a good first attempt, in design terms at least. Over to the video now.
The Avanti will be powered by a 2 liter turbo petrol engine sourced from American car maker Ford. The engine with Ford’s impressive EcoBoost lineage will output 240 Bhp and 360 Nm, enough shove to propel the rear wheel driven Avanti to top speed of 250 Kph. A 6 speed stick shifter is standard fare on the Avanti. The nought to hundred sprint is said to be achieved in under 8 seconds. While the acceleration of the Avanti might not hold a candle to the Porsche 911s and the Mercedes Benz AMGs of this world, the car will still show a clean pair of heels to most, if not all cars built in India.
DC Design has mid-mounted the EcoBoost turbo petrol motor on the Avanti in the interest of better weight centralization and handling. The car features a tubular steel chassis with aluminum bits on the body work seeking to keep weight under check. The two seater Avanti tips the scales at a not-so-inconsiderable 1,580 kilograms. DC Design also has plans of plonking in a 400 Bhp V6 petrol Honda motor into the Avanti in the times to come. As of now, DC Design plans to produce 100 Avantis a month from its Talegaon factory and a limited, 3,500 unit production run is in the offing.