As India’s first indigenously developed supercar, the DC Avanti has made quite a name for itself domestically and internationally. First showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi, the production version of the model made its debut two years later at the 2014 Auto Expo, earlier this year. The company since then has commenced the final stages of prototype testing prior to the official launch and our reader Mr. Kiran NS managed to snap one of the test mules at the Pune-Bangalore highway with heavy camouflage.
Considering its one of a kind design, it certainly is hard to ignore the Avanti on roads courtesy of the low profile, two-seater supercar design. Compared to the production version, there seems to be no significant visual changes on the Avanti than last seen and the mid-engined supercar definitely has street presence coupled with a very useable rear windscreen. After receiving heavy criticism for the stout rear of the Avanti, DC also reworked on the design to give it a more appealing look and incorporated a new diffuser, revised grille and bumper that aids in reducing the visual bulk.
Compared to the concept, DC has also updated the LED equipped headlight cluster, front hood, while the one piece tail light unit has been replaced by a boomerang shaped one sporting LEDs. The triangular shaped exhausts only add to the improved look of the Avanti. The interiors seen on the display model at the expo looked good with sports seats and leather upholstery, but expect a host of customisation options available from DC. We also expect to a see all the basic infotainment systems including audio system, satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity available along with ABS, EBD and airbags as part of safety tech.
In terms of powertrain, the DC Avanti is powered by a Ford sourced 2000cc in-line 4-cylinder, direct injection and VVT – Turbo charged engine that is capable of producing 240 BHP at 5500 RPM and 366 Nm of torque at 3500 RPM and is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. 0-100 km/hr comes up in under 7 seconds, and the car weighs 1562 kgs. The vehicle rides on 19-inch tyres, while stopping power comes from 330 mm ventilated discs, both front and rear. The Avanti will be produced at DC’s upcoming plant in Gujarat with an annual capacity of 3500 units, and is expected to be priced in the mouth watering Rs. 25-30 lakh range.