Here's a modified Maruti Alto that has been customized to reach a top speed of 180 kmph and redlines at 7k RPM. Read here to know what all modifications have been performed on it.
Maruti Alto debuted in the country in the year 2000. It was initially offered with a 1000cc 4-cylinder engine. However, Alto with this engine configuration was on sale for a very short period of time and soon got a new F8-engine under its hood. The smaller 796cc 3-pot petrol motor of the Alto pushed out a peak power output of 47 PS and max torque of 67 Nm. The Alto has been the best-seller for the Maruti since 2006. Thanks to the F8 motor because this was tuned for tractability and mileage, but it wasn't fast by any means. Interestingly, some folks do love their cars to be fast, fastest in the country sometimes. Here’s an Alto that has been tuned to take the claim of being the fastest Alto in the country.
The Alto in the pictures here belongs to Sriniketh Acharya and he is based out of West Bengal. To start with, this Alto now boasts of a top speed of 180 kmph, which is electronically limited. It now reaches the 100 kmph mark on the speedometer from standstill in less than 10 seconds. Helping it do so with the puny 796 cc engine is a slew of modifications. Helping the engine with the increased supply of air and fuel are the bigger injectors, bigger fuel pump, bigger throttle body, and custom air intake. The engine block is bored out too, to house the bigger pistons as to gulp more charge.
The engine head is customized to Stage 2 standards with HKS high-lift camshaft and NGK iridium plugs in place. To ensure a smooth flow of fresh and burnt charge, the intake and exhaust manifolds have been ported and polished, and it gets a full-system custom exhaust as well. To ensure smooth operation with increased parameters, a custom ECU has also been plonked that makes the engine redline at 7,000 RPM. Sending the boosted power output to the short ratio gearbox is an Excedy clutch pack. The suspension has been stiffened too for tauter handling, and aftermarket 7.5J rims shod with 185/60 R13 rubber are put in place to ensure grip at all times.
It gets certain cosmetic add-ons too, such as custom headlamps, tinted tail lamps, custom wheel arches and more. On the inside, it gets the instrument console from the 1.0L VXI model of the Alto, 2-step type-R tachometer, Momo steering wheel and gear knob, a 3800W Sony music system with a 12” sub-woofer, and hydro-dipped carbon fibre treatment for the dashboard. Talking of the cost, the owner has spent close to Rs. 3.50 lakh over the cost of the original car.