Some of the mainstream cars available in the country are known to be a customiser’s delight. These cars are a favourite of ‘tuners’ and can be easily modified to look more attractive and perform better. However, there are some car enthusiasts who have modified cars that aren’t all that easy to customise. Today, we have 10 such unusual cars that have been modified.
Maruti Alto K10
The Maruti Alto K10 is a good option for all those who find the 800-cc Alto a bit too underpowered. While the Alto K10 gets a peppy 67-bhp K10 engine, it isn’t exactly the most performance-oriented cars around. This, however, hasn’t kept some owners from making their K10s look sportier. The image above shows a modified Alto K10 that gets a metallic wrap, larger, deep-dish rims, low profile tyres, a body kit and even a huge rear spoiler. Looks sporty, no?
Pete’s is a well-known car tuner who has come up with some really tasty Skodas and Volkswagens. However, here is a Maruti Ertiga that has gone under Pete’s scalpel. This Ertiga gets many goodies like Borbet alloy wheels, H&R coil-overs, Thule roof rack and a tuning box. All this makes the Maruti Ertiga look way cooler than the regular version. It also makes it sportier to drive.
The Nissan Micra is a rather cutesy li’l car that isn’t half as popular as the likes of Maruti Swift in the tuning circle. Its diesel variant is powered by a 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor that outputs only 65 bhp and 160 Nm. However, this NISMO-inspired Nissan Micra is way hotter than the regular version. For starters, it sits much lower. It also has wider tyres and a sporty body kit. The engine gets a Pete’s tuning box that bumps up the maximum power and torque outputs by a significant margin.
It’s not just the Maruti Alto K10 that has been modified by some owners. Even the humble 800-cc variant of the Alto has been comprehensively modified by some. The bright green Alto you see in the images here is one such example. This Alto gets a custom body kit that comprises new bumpers, new fenders, bolder wheel-arches and a new hood. This modified Maruti Suzuki Alto rides on custom 14″ Vossen replica wheels that have been shod with wider, low-profile tyres. The engine gets a performance air filter from K&N. There’s also a free flow exhaust with custom headers.
The Hyundai Eon is the most affordable car in the Korean company’s product portfolio. It’s a decent budget-end hatchback but lacks any sort of sportiness. Hence, the owner of this Eon seems to have made his car sportier and more attractive. It gets a huge body kit that comprises a new bumper with a massive front splitter. It also gets vertically mounted LEDs and huge air vents. Even the rear bumper has been updated and gets a diffuser. The total cost of this body kit is around Rs 50,000. The Hyundai Eon is available with two engine options – a 0.8-litre petrol that outputs 55 Bhp and 75 Nm and a 1.0-litre petrol that makes 68 Bhp and 94 Nm.
The Tata Nano is the cheapest car in the world. It’s also the most basic and the least powerful car you can buy in the country. But this hasn’t kept people from modifying it. Here’s a modified Tata Nano from JA Motorsport that sports a massive body kit, wider wheels that are shod with stickier rubber and even a roll cage. The stock engine has been replaced with a 1.3-litre motor that outputs 230 Bhp and 190 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This Tata Nano can sprint from zero to 100 kmph in just 6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 kmph.
Maruti Wagon R
The Maruti WagonR is another budget-end hatchback that isn’t exactly a tuner-friendly vehicle. However, this WagonR goes on to show the high number of customisation possibilities that this car offers. It sports a huge body kit that makes the car look sportier. Even the custom red paint scheme plays a part in making this car look sportier. Other highlights include a new set of wheels that are shod with stickier rubber. Not bad at all!
The Honda Amaze is a well-priced sub-4-meter sedan that recently got a generation change. Today, however, we bring you a last-gen Amaze that has been made to look much sportier than the stock version. Like other cars on this page, even this Amaze has a custom body kit that comprises updated bumpers and side skirts. This Amaze also gets a set of lightweight alloy wheels that have been shod with low profile rubber.
The Hyundai Santro Xing used to be the most popular budget-end hatchback back in the day. While the Santro Xing did very well on the sales charts, it wasn’t ever bought by people who wanted a fun-to-drive hatchback. This Santro, however, is a lot more fun than the stock version. it gets a bright green paint shade and an updated set of bumpers. The car also gets an Automech free flow exhaust system along with an HKS air Intake. The car rides on 14-inch alloy wheels shod with wider tires.
Toyota Etios Liva
The Toyota Etios Liva has been well-appreciated by cab drivers and fleet owners. It’s a no-nonsense car that’s highly spacious, frugal and maintenance-free. However, it does not boast of a high fun-to-drive factor. This Toyota Etios Liva, however, has been modified to not only look hotter but it also offers a much higher performance. This car has been modified to produce, hold-your-breath, 200 bhp. The engine gets a custom ECU, a Garret intercooler and a Turbosmart BOV. The car also has a Red Rooster Racing exhaust and Tien suspension components. Hot!