DC Avanti : First Drive
Concept cars are brilliant things. Under the spotlights of an auto show, they titillate the imagination, giving us a glimpse into the endless possibilities of what we might see on the road one day. So when you see what you believe to be a concept vehicle being lowered from the back of a lorry on to the road, the excitement it generates is indescribable. And then, from the bowels of what was once just a rolling sculpture, to hear a starter motor crank up a fully functioning powerplant with the car clearing its pipes with a throaty growl for the first time, is enough to make all the hair on the back of your neck stand on end.
But the most exciting part of this amazing vehicle that grunted its way off the flatbed isn’t that it is one of the most striking machines we’ve ever had the opportunity to lay our eyes on. Nor is it the fact that every detail, every crease and every curve on this car just seems to scream “SPEED” no matter where you look at it from. The truth is, the thing that really seems to have gotten our juices flowing is the fact that what we’re looking at is the first Indian-built, and more importantly Indian-developed, sports car. And believe me when I say that it’s way more stunning to behold in real life than even these fabulous pictures from our ace shutterbug Kunal will let on.
Of course, this isn’t the first we (or anyone else for that matter) have seen of the Avanti. Brainchild of legendary auto designer Dilip Chhabria, or DC as he is better known, the Avanti first broke cover at the very beginning of this year at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo where none other than Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan unravelled it amongst throngs of onlookers. And since then, there has been much anticipation, some scepticism and just a whole lot of wondering about just when one would get to see it again, if at all that is!
After almost a whole year though, the Avanti remains absolutely identical to what we had first seen, except in one extremely critical way. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing by any means. The stunning chiselled body riding on those massive 19-inch wheels shod with nothing short of Pirelli P-Zero tyres are all bits we wouldn’t want to change. However, in the time that has passed, the one ingredient that everyone was looking forward to with much ado has finally been added – the Ford sourced EcoBoost motor that forms the heart of this machine.