The Maruti 800 is arguably the most important car in Indian automotive history. Though it has been discontinued, what we have with us is easily the best modified Maruti 800 in India
The Maruti 800 ushered in a new era in the Indian automotive market when it first launched in 1983. It is correctly hailed as the Indian version of the Ford Model T, Volkswagen Beetle or the Mini Cooper, as it made purchasing accessible a car to a lot more people than before. Before the 800 dropped in the Indian auto market and pushed it to the then-current times, India was still back in the ’50s with the HM Ambassador and Premier Padmini. Such was the dominance of the 800 that it was the best-selling car in the country for 21 years straight, only being usurped by its successor, the Maruti Alto. Although the 800 has been discontinued for a while, it still remains a favourite among the modifying and aftermarket community in India. Today we came across this particular example of a customized Maruti 800 that is easily the best modified Maruti 800 in India.
The video of this extensively modified Maruti 800 has been uploaded by ENGINEER SINGH on YouTube. The 800 gets a full body wrap in a shade of light blue while the lower half of the body also gets PPF coating to keep the vehicle easy to clean. The front-end gets a new HID projector headlight with integrated DRLS that also double up as indicators, new aftermarket grille, bonnet with external pins, racing tow strap while the bumper gets fog lamps from Hella and a splitter on the bottom. Over to the side, there’s this 800’s standout feature which are the scissor doors, a new cold air intake cutout on the front fender while there are LED indicators on the fender as well as the ORVMs. The fender indicators also have a puddle lamp function. New custom flared wheel arches house 6j 13-inch dished white multi-spoke alloys wrapped in Falken low-profile tyres. The roof also gets an aftermarket sunroof and a lip spoiler. The rear end gets a custom Suzuki emblem, full-LED taillights, an aftermarket bumper with an integrated diffuser, and a replica HKS muffler.
Coming to the interior of this Maruti 800, there are a pair of replica Sparco racing bucket seats with four-point seatbelts which have been custom stitched in white, a Pioneer touchscreen infotainment system that powers the Pioneer speakers and amplifier, carbon-fibre wrap on the dashboard, and power windows while the rear seats have been binned. The driver gets a few more unique features like an adjustable aftermarket gear shifter, a tachometer with customizable shift lights, and a set of Sparco racing pedals and an aftermarket steering wheel. Overall, this is one of the most detailed modifications of an 800 you’ll come across in some time, and it is evident that the owner knew what he wanted with the mod.
Over its lifespan of 31 years, the regular Maruti 800 went through a myriad of powertrain choices. As its name suggested, it came with an 800c 3-cylinder petrol engine during the whole span of its production. The 800 got updated to an MPFI version in the late ’90s which was the last big change of the model. Gone was the carburettor and in came fuel injection to meet stricter emission norms. The updated engine made peak power and torque figures of 38 PS/59 Nm respectively and was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox.