The Maruti Alto has been the perfect choice of Indian middle-class families for quite some time now. But recently, its popularity has been considerably decreased due to its outdated small 0.8-litre motor. Recently, a video which shows the little hatchback be modified to go much faster has been released. Firstly, let’s have a look at the video. The total modification cost is INR 3.5 lakh, which is even more than the cost of a brand-new Alto 800.
Maruti Alto 800 upgrade does 200 kmph
The customization job has been implemented by Kolkata-based SA Designs operated by Sriniketh Acharya. Although the Maruti Alto 800 has not experienced many modifications in terms of design, the cosmetic alterations are easily recognizable. The aesthetic improvements include blackened projector headlamps and LED fog lights on the bumper in the front; blackened tail lamps, roof-mounted spoiler and dual black sport stripes in the rear. Furthermore, twin exhaust pipes have been equipped, indicating performance alterations.
While not many alterations have been done to the exterior design, it is still easy to recognize these improvements.
In terms of the interior, the customized Maruti Alto 800 comes with Momo sports driving wheel, pedal covers, all-new gear knob, a type-R tachometer, a sound system sourced from Sony with a 12-inch 3,800-watt sub.
Some new features have been added to the cabin to add to the sportiness of the vehicle.
As regards the performance, the modified Maruti Alto is equipped with a bespoke engine control unit, a free flow exhaust setup, modified air intake, inlet and exhaust manifolds, sleek pistons, high-lift HKS camshafts and 185/60×13 tyres sourced from Yokohama. The performance figures have not been disclosed yet, but it is claimed to be able to accelerate from a standstill to 100 kmph in just 8.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 200 kmph. Apart from all the things that have been mentioned above, there are no alterations done to the vehicle. Since the performance has been considerably improved, the chassis and the braking system also need to be upgraded.
It is amazing that such a small motor can deliver such an impressive performance figure. But whether the Maruti Alto has to sacrifice the safety to handle such a great output is still open to question. It should also be taken into consideration that the current-gen Alto is not able to conform to the upcoming crash test standards.
With such a small motor, it is unknown whether the Maruti Alto needs to sacrifice its safety to deliver such a great performance.
However, the Indian largest automaker has had a solution. It is developing a new-gen Alto, which is expected to be underpinned by an advanced lightweight platform. The new hatchback has been spied on Indian roads and is projected to be globally debuted by October 2019.