The stage and the settings couldnt get any bigger. The venue was the ongoing Delhi Auto Expo and the launch was that of the Avanti,Indias first super-car,designed by Dilip Chhabria. The car,which will be manufactured by Chhabrias firm DC Designs,will be completely hand-built at their new facility that is coming up in Pune. The car was launched on Thursday by actor Amitabh Bachchan in Delhi.
To be available in two variants with 240- and 350-BHP engines,Chhabria has been able to manufacture the car at literally one-tenth the price of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Speaking on the occasion,Chhabria said,We were designing cars for a while now and the next logical step for us was to make them. The Avanti was on the drawing board for the last four years and when we were finally ready with the end design,we decided to go into production.
Annually around 10,000-15,000 super cars are made by companies world-wide. We wanted to replicate the same in India and create a niche market, he adds.
Interestingly,the car is built exactly on the lines of those made by Ferrari,Lamborghini and others. On the car design Chhabria says,The car body is made with composite material bodies with the floor made of carbon fibre to reduce the weight of the car. The 240-BHP model will cost Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom price) and the 350-BHP model will retail for Rs 30 lakh.
Chhabria is unfazed with the idea of the exclusivity tag being erased given the low pricing of the car. We will be making only 1,500 units a year for domestic sales. As far as performance is concerned,the car can match up to a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. The only difference being the power. Nevertheless,240-BHP is a lot of power to deal with,especially on Indian roads. The car is powered by an engine sourced from Ford. It will employ the Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre four-cylinder,DOHC,16-valve engine. The first lot of 300 cars will be delivered by August 2013.