DC Designs is one of the most popular car design houses in India, and it’s headed by Dilip Chhabria (DC). While most people have seen the cars DC has designed, very few have seen the cars he actually owns, and drives. Here they are!
The BMW X6M is one of the most powerful production SUVs in the world. Dilip Chhabria is seen here driving the metallic blue X6M at India’s only Formula 1 track, the Buddh International Circuit. The X6M is powered by 4.4-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine that generates huge power.
The 8-cylinder engine churns out a maximum power of 567 BHP and 750 Nm of maximum torque. It gets an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to all the four wheels. The humongous SUV can do 0-100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, which makes it very quick. The X6M has recently been sold to cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
Aston Martin Vanquish
DC was approached by the Aston Martin team to build a prototype of the Aston Martin Vantage V8. The car was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show. Dilip Chhabria also owns an Aston Martin Vanquish.
The grand tourer is one of the most expensive vehicles available in India and in today’s date costs around Rs. 4.7 crores. The Vanquish utilises a 5.9-liter V12 engine that produces a maximum of 568 BHP and can reach a top speed of 324 km/h. The engine is mated to an 8-speed gearbox that shifts in 130 milliseconds – that’s lightning fast.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class was Chabbaria’s car for daily use. This is the Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI is a luxury saloon that is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine. The car gets maximum power of 210 BHP and 490 Nm of maximum torque. There is a 7-speed automatic gearbox that makes the car fun to drive. When DC does not feel like driving, the S-Class also serves as a perfect chauffeur-drive chariot.
The Avanti is India’s first homegrown sports car, and is made by DC Design at their Talegaon factory. The two-seater sports car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from Ford. The EcoBoost engine develops a maximum of 250 BHP and 366 Nm of maximum torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Avanti is electronically limited at 180 km/h, and is built around a tubular steel space frame chassis. The car also gets ABS+EBD as standard. The vehicle also comes with a 170 mm ground clearance that gives it an advantage on the Indian roads over other foreign sports cars. The Avanti is also the cheapest sports car in India and is priced at Rs. 35 lakh.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is known as one of the best track cars built by Porsche in the history. Dilip’s son, Bonito is also an avid car lover and owns the latest generation 911 Turbo S that was launched in India last year. The new generation Porsche 911 Turbo S comes with an updated flat-six engine.
The twin-turbocharged motor produces a maximum of 572 BHP and can do 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. The Turbo S is the fastest Porsche 911 ever built, and Bonito uses the vehicle to gulp laps at the Budh International Circuit.
Audi R8 Spyder
Bonito Chhabria, DC’s son, is seen driving the last-generation Audi A8 Spyder here. The 2012 R8 Spyder in yellow colour looks gorgeous with the top-down. The vehicle seen here is powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine that generated a maximum of 420 BHP. The convertible can speed from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 299 km/h.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was the last gull-wing style cars built by Mercedes-Benz. The beautiful red coloured car seen here is also used by Bonito during the track days. The SLS AMG is powered by 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces a massive 563 BHP and 650 Nm of torque.
The SLS AMG