One of the first production-spec DC Avanti units has made a big splash on the streets of London recently. This is the very first sportscar developed in India and it adopts a rear-wheel drive with power coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed from Renault. The motor is capable of pushing out 248 bhp and a maximum torque of 340 Nm which enables the car to run the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6 seconds and top out at 180 km/h when the electronic speed limiter kicks in. Purists will be happy to hear the vehicle only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The DC Avanti weighs 1,580 kg and although the performance stats are not what we would call impressive, this is still a nice effort taking into account it’s the first car of its kind developed in India. It’s highly unlikely the car will ever be sold in Europe as the design certainly isn’t what we would call attractive and for this reason the car would not stand a chance compared to its rival. It is very cheap to buy in India, but that’s not enough to make it a sales hit on the old continent where the segment for such cars is very crowded.