Racemo vs Avanti Comparison Preview

Published on: Mar 08, 2017
DC Avanti vs Tamo Racemo Comparison:

"Over the last few years, Tata Motors has improved their dynamic abilities, by leaps and bounds. We have high hopes from Tamo, that they will rustle the feathers of a few biggies, with the the Racemo's handling capabilities. Even the Avanti, outperformed the expectations of us front-engine-front-wheel-drive habituated journos, with its cornering manners"

Racemo vs Avanti Comparison Video:


Expected Pricing & Features Comparison:
The Tamo Racemo, is expected to cost around 28 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is almost 20 lakh Rs. cheaper than its archrival, the DC Avanti, costing 45.5 Lakh. So that puts the Racemo, in a far more lucrative price band than the Avanti. Racemo's sub-4 meter length, and sub 1200cc petrol powerplant, helps it tuck in nicely, inside the small-car excise duty slab! But we think DC still has a trick up its sleeve, and will respond with a massive price cut, just prior to the Racemo's launch, to steal the thunder away from Tamo.

The Racemo, will be offered with a AMT gearbox by default, while the Avanti is currently available only with a manual transmission, with an AMT version being in the making, since a very long time. The Avanti misses out Airbags, which is a crucial safety feature, especially in a sportscar. Even cars that cost a tenth of its price, are available at least with a driver's airbag. The Racemo, is expected to be kitted out with not just Airbags and ABS, but also traction control as standard. 

Performance & Drivability Comparison:
Tata Motors has boldly claimed a 0-100 timing of 6 seconds. Which means the Racemo, will have to be genuinely lightweight, strictly under a ton, given that it is powered by a tiny, 3-cylinder, 1.2 litre powertrain. To put things into perspective, consider the case of the Polo GTi. It is powered by a 1.8 TSI engine putting out 192 horses and 320 Newton-metres of torque, which propels a kerb weight of 1272 kg, and it still cannot do a sub 6 second sprint, to 100 kph. Even the Avanti, takes a disappointing 7.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 kph. Its 1430 kg kerb weight, overburdening its gutsy, 250 horsepower, Renault sourced powerplant. 

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tamo Racemo – 191, DC Avanti - 175
Torque to Weight Ratio: Tamo Racemo – 211, DC Avanti - 238

Power (PS@rpm): Tamo Racemo – 190@6500, DC Avanti - 250@5500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tamo Racemo – 210@2500, DC Avanti - 340@2750-5000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tamo Racemo – 995*, DC Avanti - 1430

Handling & Ride Quality:
The first question on every Indian viewer's mind, is how well will these Indian sportscars, be able to handle our pothole riddled roads? Firstly, the Racemo has a smaller wheelbase than its sibling, the Tiago. It has identical ground clearance of 165 mm as the Tiago, it is bound to have stiffer springs than the Tiago, and has much bigger wheels than the Tiago as well. Now since the Tiago itself has more than sufficient ground clearance, to handle most of the challenges, that our roads throw at it. The Racemo is bound to fare just as well, save for a harder ride quality, befitting of a sportscar. 

Even the Avanti, has 170 mm of ground clearance, and a 2700 mm of wheelbase, which is exactly identical to a Honda Civic, which Indian customers seem to be managing fairly well, over our roads. In fact the Avanti, has much stiffer suspension setup and immensely bigger wheels, which actually makes it far less susceptible to scraping the underbody, than a Civic! 

Over the last few years, Tata Motors has improved their dynamic abilities, by leaps and bounds. We have high hopes from Tamo, that they will rustle the feathers of a few biggies, with the the Racemo's handling capabilities. Even the Avanti, outperformed the expectations of us front-engine-front-wheel-drive habituated journos, with its cornering manners. The inherent advantages resulting from a mid-engine layout, low centre of gravity and ginormous tires, simply following the laws of physics, to generate immense mechanical grip. 

Ground Clearance (mm):
Tamo Racemo - 165, DC Avanti – 170

Wheelbase (mm): Tamo Racemo - 2430, DC Avanti – 2700

Tyre Size:
Tamo Racemo: Front - 205/50R17, Rear - 235/45R18
DC Avanti: Front - 255/35R20, Rear - 295/30R20

Space & Comfort:
Both cars are strict 2-seaters, with their mid-engined layout leaving space for nothing more than a duffel bag in their frunk. The Racemo has kept things quite spartan but cleaner than the Avanti. Both cars have heavily bolstered and hard foamed racing seats. Cubby holes and cup holders are also conspicuous by their absence in both cars.

Length (mm): Tamo Racemo - 3835, DC Avanti – 4565
Width (mm): Tamo Racemo - 1810, DC Avanti – 1965
Height (mm): Tamo Racemo - 1208, DC Avanti – 1200

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Overall, the Racemo is less of risk, in terms of reliability and Service Support, compared to the Avanti. Tata cars, may not have a great track record for durability in the mainstream market, but they definitely have big resources, testing facilities and wherewithal, compared to DC. However, don't expect it to be even as reliable as other Tata cars, since vehicles with limited production runs have never turned out to be as reliable as the mass produced specimens from the same brand, ever. Tamo is expected to have its own sales and service network, which will severely limit the Racemo's service availability to metros. DC of course operates only a handful of service facilities in the country. 

Fuel Efficiency:
Since the Racemo has a hatchback sized engine and equally light kerb-weight expect it to achieve an impressive fuel economy of around 12 kmpl in real-world conditions. The Avanti on the other hand will cover just over 8 kms on a liter of fuel.

Tamo Racemo (petrol, automatic) - 12*
DC Avanti (petrol, manual) - 8
Fuel cost for 60,000 km (Lakh):
Tamo Racemo (petrol, automatic) - 3.80 Lakh

DC Avanti (petrol, manual) - 5.70 Lakh

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Sporstscars are some of the steepest depreciating assets in the market. Do not expect either of these to retain even half of their value 5 years down the line. Overall though the Racemo is bound to depreciate far lesser than the Avanti and works out to be in the Toyota Fortuner territory in terms of Overall Ownership Cost

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Tamo Racemo (petrol, automatic) - 12.00 Lakh
DC Avanti (petrol, manual) - 15.00 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Tamo Racemo (petrol, automatic) - 20.00 Lakh
DC Avanti (petrol, manual) - 36.00 Lakh

Verdict:
So which one of these should you buy? The answer is neither. Even if you are hell bent on buying a coupe, you can easily pick up a BMW Z4 or a Mercedes SLK, for roughly the same price, if not less, on the used car market. Needless to say, both of them are immensely superior cars than the Racemo, with far better presence and snob value as well as beteer dependability! If you want performance and handling, then again you can pick up a Mini Cooper S or an Audi A3 petrol, or even a used BMW 330i, for a much more involving driving experience. Amongst the two though, we expect the Racemo to cream the Avanti in terms of outright performance, as well as handling prowess, when it eventually hits the showrooms, hopefully in late 2019!

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