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DC Designs came out swinging at this week's Auto Expo 2010, and in addition to revealing its Imperator and Ying Yang concepts, the Mumbai-based firm's namesake – Dilip Chhabaria – revealed plans to produce a bespoke Tata Nano that's set to cost... wait for it... 10 million rupee. That's $220,000.

How could Chhabari possibly inflate the price of the Nano by some $218,000? According to reports coming out New Delhi, DC plans to completely overhaul the budget runabout, replacing all the body panels, brakes, suspension and interior components, along with fitting 20-inch wheels and replacing the 33 horsepower, 624cc engine with a 1.6-liter mill that's able to propel the five-seat hatch to a maximum speed of 124 mph. We figure we could do all of that on a LeMons budget, so either something got lost in translation or we'll have what he's having.

Chhabari told the AFP that he expects, "...people from Bollywood to be interested in this project, but I think generally it will be people who have a passion for cars." DC plans to sell between two and five modified Nanos each year and expects to not only market his creation in India, but also export his $200k hatch to outside markets. Hey Dilip, stop hogging the hookah.



[Source: AFP]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugliest cars I have ever seen in my entire life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think we're off by a digit.
      22,000 sounds about right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't you get a small-block Chevy for about $100? Unless this has unicorn-penis leather seats, I'm not sold.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if you plastered it with hundred dollar bills, there's not enough surface area on a Nano to get to $220,000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody want to drive a $220k vacuum cleaner on steriods?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmmmmm.....

      Ferrari 458 Italia or this......

      • 5 Years Ago
      That's retarded
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....okay, now, I'm not a huge math person...but isn't that a 1100% increase in price?
      As ugly and ridiculous as this is, if he can even sell one, he's just made huge profit.
      If he somehow sells as much as he hopes to....he'd be quite well off. And I'd be jealous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oops. Yeah, forgot a zero. And I guess I meant it's 11000% of the original cost, not that much increase. So yeah, you're right. Still ridiculous
        • 5 Years Ago
        You aren't much of a math person, believe that is actually a 10,900% increase.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *indian accent* - "that's a very goood deal my friend, a very goood deal. list price, best price. take it and go!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks like a giant computer mouse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To bad it's not painted all black because I could have sworn that Darth Vader had something to do with this......man, I got to stop looking at these ink blotches....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um...it's April already? Huh. Time sure does fly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What measuring system do they use in India to say those concept wheels are 20"?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The words 'turd', 'polish' and 'cant' spring to mind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why does it look like it's body panels made of plastic bags sewn together?
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