Ever saw a Tata Safari Storme shod with massive 20-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tyres? Here's one, check it out.
Tata Safari is one of the butch SUVs to come out of Tata’s stable. During its production run of almost 20 years, Safari got 3 major makeovers and a slew of engine updates. In 2005, it got a major facelift along with a new 3.0L Dicor engine. However, in 2007, the 2.2L Dicor engine made its way under the hood of the Safari. In 2010, updated Safari Strome was introduced, which borrowed major design cues from Land-Rover Discovery of that era. It continued with the same aesthetics until Tata Motors finally pulled the plug on its production. While the design of the car looked better now, it was offered with small 17-inch boring-looking alloy wheels. They were not big enough to fill the massive arches of the Safari Storme. But, aftermarket options are always there to watch your back.
Here’s one example that is fitted with massive 20-inch alloy wheels. We came across this Safari Strome via the Instagram account of Velocity Tyres, who are based out of Ludhiana. These silver-finished 5-spoke rims come from the collection of R.P.M. wheels and are shod with low-profile rubber from Sonar Tyres. It is a Taiwanese brand, and it comes from the same parent company as the Nankang Rubber.
It should be noted that to fit these alloys wheels, custom spacers have been used. This has been done to ensure that wheels do not rub against the wheel wells or suspension components. The added style quotient of massive rims and low-profile tyres comes at the cost of reduced comfort, which was Safari's well-known forte.
Talking of the Safari Strome’s specifications’, it was offered with a 2.2L Varicor engine when it was discontinued. However, the oil burner was offered in two state of tunes. In the lower state of tune, it produced a rated output of 150 PS/320 Nm, while in the higher one the power and torque outputs were measured at 156 PS and 400 Nm, respectively. The powerful version of the oil burner came mated to a 6-speed MT, whereas the one with lower power output was offered with a 5-speed MT. Also, Tata Motors offered an electronically-controllable 4WD system as an option on Safari Storme with a limited-slip differential at the rear.