DC Design Avanti Supercar Revealed

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

As we anticipated, DC Design has unveiled India’s first supercar at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Dubbed Avanti after Studebaker Avanti in the Tintin comics, the supercar may be affordable but doesn’t exactly meet what we’d consider supercar standards.

It may at the very least look the part of being an exotic supercar, but the performance leaves a lot to be desired. In order to keep it affordable at around $56,000, DC Design’s Avanti will initially come with Ford’s four-cylinder, turbocharged powerplant with a mere 265-hp. They still anticipate to build a model with a 400-hp turbocharged Honda V6 engine but pricing for that model hasn’t been announced or estimated. Both engines are mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

The supercar weighs in at 3,440-lbs with an aluminum body and fiberglass body panels. The engines are currently being prepared out in the United Kingdom and imported to India for final installation onto the vehicles.

DC Design is still sticking to producing around 200 Avanti’s a year with aspirations to build 2,000 a year – if demand is there.

GALLERY: DC Design Avanti Supercar

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Comatus Comatus on Jan 07, 2012

    At the Studebaker Drivers Club Forum, we reviewed the entire catalogue of cars that had appeared in Tintin comics. There were two Studebakers, but no Avanti. Unless there are some other Tintin versions, this account of the origin of the name makes no sense.