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Chinkara Motors
Headquarters Chennai, India
Industry automotive, marine, aviation, ATV

Chinkara Motors is a Chennai-based auto, marine, ATV and aviation manufacturer, which makes a 2 seat sports car called the Chinkara Roadster 1.8S, and the Jeepster, a classic 1940s Jeep look-alike. The vehicles are developed at Alibag near Mumbai, India.

Vehicle lineup

Chinkara Roadster 1.8S

The Chinkara Roadster is derived from the Lotus 7. The car is put together out of parts from various Indian cars, including the Maruti 800 and the now defunct Standard Herald. While this allows the car to be reasonably advanced, it allows the use of intermediate technology to compete with a western equivalent that may be more advanced. For example, news articles on the car say it uses McPherson struts front and rear taken from a Maruti Alto. Powered by an Isuzu 1.8 liter petrol engine, it is available in several states of tune. The basic Maruti 800 suspension at the front and a multi-sourced crude rear suspension take any intended agility out of this package. The steering is dead, the handling is average and the braking is inexistent.

  • Price: INR 740,000 (excluding taxes)
  • Engine: In-line, 4 cylinder, 1816 cc (Petrol), 116 PS (85 kW/114 hp) @ 5000 rpm, 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) @ 3000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed Manual
  • Brakes: Ventilated disc (front and rear)
  • Tyres: Front - 205/50 R16, Rear - 225/50 R15 Goodyear F1 tubeless
  • Performance: 6.7sec 0–100 km/h, 187 km/h, 13kmpl (all figures claimed)
  • Length: 3,560 mm (140.2 in)
  • Width: 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
  • Height: 1,280 mm (50.4 in)
  • Weight: 745 kg (1,642 lb)


The Chinkara Jeepster is an off-road vehicle based on the classic Willys Jeep/Ford Overland Jeep (1942-43).


The Hammer is a fast attack vehicle for the Indian defence forces.

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