Modified Swifts are dime a dozen in India, but something as mad as this? Well, this has to be India’s wildest modified Maruti Swift. Owned by Steven Raju of Kochi, Kerala, this is the first wide-body Swift of the country, and one that has a long list of recent modifications. It’s called the Punisher!
First, the looks!
As the images indicate, the car’s running a wide-body kit that gives it a planted stance. The front grille is custom-made and so is the toothy extension atop it. The front bumper gets a bunch of winglets that add to the angry look up front. Projector headlamps with inset day time running LED strips are other changes.
The bonnet is finished in grey and black, and gets custom dimples to look quite distinct from the stock unit. The Swift’s top features an after-market sunroof and a contrast colour scheme while the sides of the car is where all the meat is.
Chunky front fenders accommodate 215 section Yokohama A-Drive tyres, shod on 17 inch alloy 9J wheels. The side skirts carry the width along the flanks before the rear fenders add their own share of width to the car’s design. The car sits on Bilstein B14 coilover suspension, which is reputed to make cars more surefooted than stock.
Given that the Swift is a sweet handler that only asks for better tyres, the upgraded tyre-suspension combination should make this car even more fun to drive. At the rear, the car gets a hatchlid spoiler, a massive bumper, smoked out tail lamps running LEDs and twin exhaust tips. On the inside, the stock audio unit has been discarded for a Pioneer X5890BT head unit, with a Rockford P2D4 Subwoofer for some extra bass.
Not stock. This is a Swift Diesel, which means it hosts the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engine. In stock form, the motor makes 75 Bhp-190 Nm, and is known to have significant turbo lag. The motor on this car has been remapped by Pete’s, to reduce turbo lag, and boost power and torque.
Power goes up by a massive 40 Bhp, to 115 Bhp, while torque has been boosted by 50 Nm to 240 Nm. This car also runs a free flow diesel exhaust, front strut braces and a Green Cotton cold air intake – signature items from Pete’s Performance. So, this is one Swift that has plenty of go to match the show.
Images courtesy Steven.Raju