Here’s a first-gen Maruti Zen which employs a lot of aftermarket equipment to look really very hot and more attractive than some modern small cars
Maruti Zen is one of the most popular budgeted hatchbacks offered by the carmaker in the Indian market. It was first introduced in our market back in 1993 and served the carmaker for 16 years, and then the hatchback was reintroduced with a new look and was named as Zen Estilo that was later discontinued in 2010. It was popular among the buyers in India for its compact dimensions and affordable price tag. Here are a few images of a highly modified Maruti Zen, which looks all set to compete in National Gymkhana Championship.
This customized Maruti Zen is owned by Amal Vaishakh. Outside, it gets a custom body kit with custom front splitters. This additional body kit enhances the overall look of the hatchback. It also gets 15-inch aftermarket multispoke alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 185-section low-profile tyres. These tyres are of Nankang brand. Mechanically, it is powered by the first-gen Baleno’s G16B, 1.6-litre, four-pot petrol engine, which was tuned to develop 95bhp of power and 131 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed MT. For enhanced performance, it gets 4:2:1 header exhaust system, Fidanza flywheel, NGK iridium spark plug, aftermarket air intake system with stainless steel piping and a custom short-ratio gearbox. Inside, it gets aftermarket Sparco racing seats and OMP leather steering wheel.
It also employs aftermarket lowering spring with custom stiffened front & rear suspension dampers. We don’t know the overall cost of this customization is not known, but it seems to be pretty expensive. The owner of this highly customized Maruti Zen must have spent lakhs of rupees on all these aftermarket modifications. We think that this is the fastest Maruti Zen in India at the moment. Recent reports suggest that the carmaker is working on the new-gen model of the hatchback. It is expected to sit below Maruti Vitara Brezza in the carmaker’s stable and will rub shoulders against the likes of Mahindra KUV100. It is expected to be priced between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.