With a drop in ride height and bigger rims, this Maruti Zen looks perfectly stance'd.
Maruti Suzuki introduced the Zen in 1993. It was targeted at those who were ready to pay a premium for improved performance and a more upmarket offering than the 800. It came with a bigger 1.0L engine and the chassis offered better feedback than that of the Maruti 800. For the same reasons, it received a warm response from the Indian buyers. But, in 2006, Maruti pulled the plug on Zen’s production and the the MR Wagon was launched as the Zen Estil. However, the original Zen is still loved by the collectors and they can often be spotted hooning around in kitted-up examples. Here’s one that has been tuned to drive even better and even look really tasty.
Custom lip and grille gives this Maruti Zen a distinctive face.
The car in the pictures belongs to Umesh who hails from Tamil Nadu. It is the facelifted version of the car, which was introduced in the Indian market in 2003. It has been lowered with the use of aftermarket springs from Cobra Suspension. Talking of the measurements, the drop on the front is capped at 30mm, while the rear has been dropped by 25 mm. This has been done to improve the dynamics of the car.
Apart from the new suspension setup, the car features a lot of other mods as well. It gets a custom intake system with K&N air filter and an aftermarket exhaust system with custom headers to let the engine breathe better. To give it the required grip, the 15-inch Vossen alloy wheels which have been used are shod with sticky 185-section tyres. To enhance its visual appeal the owner has painted the car in Nardo Grey colour scheme. Also, the front facet now gets aftermarket headlamps, new grille, and a custom bumper lip. All of these elements together add some aggression to the face.
With lowered suspension and upsized rims, there is hardly any space between the tyres and the fenders.
The car has been customized on the inside as well. It gets a dashboard-mounted custom tachometer and an aftermarket steering wheel. To hold the driver and co-driver in place, the stock seats have been replaced with aftermarket units from Recaro. The difference in the power figure that comes from the modifications has not been revealed by the owner. However, the 1.0L 4-cylinder N/A unit on the Zen produced 60 HP as its maximum output in its stock form. While we don't think this custom model would be much faster than its stock iteration, it's definitely has a lot more character than the current crop of A-segment hatchbacks.