DC Avanti is the first Indian designed sports car by DC Design, a firm headed by Dilip Chhabria. DC Design has previously been known as a tuner of other's vehicles; this will be their first foray into producing a complete automobile. Taking its name from the Studebaker Avanti of The Adventures of Tintin comics, it was unveiled at the 2012 Auto ExpoDelhi as a two-seat sports car. It will initially be equipped with a mid-mounted, Ford-sourced, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 261 bhp, A Honda-sourced V6 version with 394 bhp is planned for future release. Transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Avanti weighs 1562 kg (3440 pounds, or more than a Chevrolet Corvette), and features extensive use of aluminum. Its makers, who are based in Pune, claim the base model will hit 62 mph in less than seven seconds. Plans are to release the car for sale in 2013. The manufacturer plans to build 200 cars a year, hoping to raise output to 2000 cars a year in the future.
The DC Avanti is expected to be priced around INR 30 Lakhs, approximately $56,000 in US dollars.