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Modified Nano to be sold at Lamborghini's price - report

Mumbai-based DC Designs to create enhanced version of world's cheapest car.

Modified Nano to be sold at Lamborghini's price - report
CHEAPEST CAR: The Tata Motors Nano, the worlds cheapest car at around $2,000, hit Indian roads last year.(Getty Images)

An Indian firm is set to produce an enhanced version of the world's cheapest car, Tata Nano, with a price tag of a Lamborghini Gallardo, according to a report.

The Times Online website reported on Friday that Mumbai-based DC Designs have code named their upcoming product as the DG490, which will go on sale in May for at least £133,000 ($ 212 693).

The Tata Motors Nano, the world's cheapest car at around $2,000, hit Indian roads last year.

According to The Times, DG490 is expected to be the world's dinkiest supercar: a snub-nosed hatchback with gull wing doors that will do 140 mph.

The Nano can hit a top speed 105 kph, boasts a two cylinder 624cc, 33-horsepower engine and can sit five adults with ease.

But the back seats of the DG490 have been ripped out to accommodate a liquid cooled powerplant, according to The Times.

Other modifications include a seven-speed Tiptronic gearbox, a super-light carbon fibre body and cross-drilled ventilated brakes, the website added.

In addition a completely re-engineered suspension system is being developed to counter the DG490's extreme power- to-weight ratio, to try to ensure that the hot rod stays on the road.

While DC Designs admits that it is a niche product, it insists that it will attract buyers.

"If we didn't think we could sell it, we wouldn't build it. That would be like pouring money down the drain," The Times quoted Dilip Chhabria, the head of the specialist car refitting company, as saying.

DC Design is an Indian design firm from Mumbai that is noted for their concept cars and prototypes.

The firm, founded in 1993, is headed by designer Dilip Chhabria, and under a contract with Ford Motor Company built the first Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage prototype featured at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show.[

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Vincent 10 years ago

Who in his right mind would dream of converting the most economical car in the world to one of the most expensive. And assuming common sense does not prevail and the car gets manufactured, which sane person would chose to buy one? Sigh! if only people utilized their truckloads of excess wealth for the betterment of society as a whole!

Habeeb 10 years ago

What can we expect after a crash on that speed? One less rich person I guess!