The newly launched desi sportscar DC Avanti has been spotted ambling around in dense city traffic of London. This is probably the first time the made-in-India vehicle is seen on a foreign soil.
Though the DC Avanti is designed primarily for India with a high ground clearance, DC earlier reported that it has significant number of orders from aboard. This particular example which still carries the Indian trade certificate license plate (along with its British counterpart) could either be one of the earliest customer cars or an example to be used for customer preview.
Carrying a price tag of INR 35.93 lakhs (ex-showroom), the DC Avanti is a low-slung sportscar with supercar-like design and proportions. It is 4,550 mm long, 1,965 mm wide, 1,200 mm tall and has an SUV-rivaling ground clearance of 155 mm.
Power comes from a mid-mounted 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which is sourced from Renault Sport. The motor which is mated to a 6-speed transmission is capable of 250 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The rear wheel driven sportscar is capable of reaching triple digit speeds from rest in 6 seconds.
Despite carrying a price tag of over INR 35 lakhs, the Avanti lacks rudimentary safety features like air bags. Noteworthy features include carbon fibre body panels, ABS with EBD, Bi-halogen headlamps and double wishbone suspension setup at front and rear.