First Made-in-India sports car coming soon

First Made-in-India sports car coming soon
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India\'s first sports car - the DC Avanti first made its debut as a concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The production version of the car largely resembles its concept and is now gearing up for an early 2015 launch.

India's first sports car - the DC Avanti first made its debut as a concept at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. The production version of the car largely resembles its concept and is now gearing up for an early 2015 launch. It is likely to be priced around Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom).

Developed by DC Design, the Avanti measures 4,550mm in length, 1,965mm in width, and 1,200mm in height. With a ground clearance of 170mm, the Avanti just might be the perfect car for Indian driving conditions. What might also help drive it well is the box section space frame chassis and the 20-inch wheels with 255/35 front tyres and 295/30 rear tyres. The body of the car is made of various carbonfibre components, which were developed by the company's in-house engineers.

Powering the Avanti is a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, mounted between the seat back and the rear wheels. The motor produces a peak power output of 248bhp along with 241Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

For better braking performance, the car will come equipped with 330mm ventilated four-pot disc brakes at the front and 295mm at the rear. Anti-lock braking system (ABS), developed by Continental, is likely to be provided as a standard feature.

Talking about to its interior, the Avanti will get plenty of features like a centre console with stacked screens, a 3-spoke steering wheel, chrome surrounds and body coloured separators, a touch-screen infotainment system, hooded dials and soft touch buttons for the air-conditioning system among others. It might also get a digital instrument panel and few alterations on the centre console as well.

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