The Delhi Auto Expo starting next Saturday is certain to see a host of new launches, but perhaps unique among these will be Indian luxury car designer DC Design's supercar, billed as 'India's own supercar.
Designed and built ground-up by DC Design – so far known for re-designing existing models rather than making their own cars – the supercar will be a low-volume product to be built at the firm's facility in Pune.
Film star Amitabh Bachchan is slated to unveil the car at the international auto show. Deliveries of the car are scheduled to begin by end-2013.
''With this car, we are making the transformation from a design house to a production house,'' said Dilip Chhabria, promoter of DC Design. ''It will offer looks, feel, dimensions, quality and fit and finish comparable to supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari - but minus the horsepower.''
Like the European supercars, DC Design's will be mid-engined, with the engine positioned behind the driver between the two axles.
Though further details were not immediately available, it is reported that the car will be powered by a V6 petrol engine sourced from Honda, but turbocharged in this application, with output of over 400 bhp. The kerb weight of the car, at 1,560 kg, is comparable to those from Europe and in terms of weight and dimensions, and will have a footprint close to that of a Lamborghini Murcielago or Aventador.
The firm plans to produce 300 units in the first full year and scale it up to 3,000 units subsequently. ''It will come at an attractive price point. We are looking at a price of under Rs30 lakh on-the-road,'' said Chhabria. ''We were planning to call it the Buddh, after India's Formula One Circuit, but the response to the name has not been encouraging, so we are thinking up a new one now.''