The growing Indian market has a lot of enthusiasts who aspire to own premium and rare vehicles but cannot do so due to the exorbitant prices of such vehicles. Nonetheless, to live the dream of driving their wall-poster cars, many turn to modifications and transformations of their humble looking vehicles. In the process, the modifications may just turn the vehicles into hilarious looking examples instead. Here are five such vehicles that have gone through the trouble of looking something else altogether and failing at it completely.
Mahindra TUV – Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discover is the most affordable Land Rover badged vehicle that you can buy in India but it remains out of the reach of many due to its big fat half-a-crore price tag. The vehicle seen here is a Mahindra TUV 300 that is priced at Rs 8.4 lakh and gets powered by a 1.5-litre twin-stage turbo engine that generates a maximum of 100 Bhp. In comparison, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 148 Bhp. A higher powered 2.0-litre Ingenium engine is also offered with the Discover Sport that produces a maximum of 177 Bhp.
Maruti Baleno – Ford Mustang
The Maruti Baleno is a hatchback while the Ford Mustang is a true muscle car! This Baleno hatchback here gets a Mustang logo at the grille. That’s quite aspirational, we say. The Baleno gets powered by both petrol and diesel engine options and the most powerful engine available with the hatchback in India is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a maximum of 101 Bhp and 150 Nm. The Mustang, that costs more than 10 times the price of the base Baleno at Rs 75 lakh, ex-showroom gets powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine that produces a maximum of 396 Bhp and 515 Nm.
Hyundai Creta – Jeep Compass
The Jeep’s iconic grille is one of the easiest things to recognise by auto enthusiasts. Here is a collage of Hyundai Creta with the grille inspired by the Jeep vehicles, more specifically Jeep Compass inspired. The Hyundai Creta is one of the best-selling SUVs in the Indian market and the price starts Rs 9.6 lakhs. The car is powered by three engine options and the most powerful engine out of them is the 1.6-litre diesel engine. It produces a maximum of 126 Bhp and a peak torque of 260 Nm. The 2.0-litre diesel engine of the Jeep Compass produces a maximum of 173 Bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque.
Mahindra XUV500 – BMW X5
The Mahindra XUV500 remained the king of the segment for a long time before the arrival of vehicles like the Tata Harrier. The XUV500 remains one of the best-sellers in the segment. Here is an XUV500 aspiring to become a BMW X5. The Mahindra XUV 500 is a value for money product that carries a base price tag of Rs 12.88 lakhs while the most powerful version of the vehicle produces 155 Bhp -360 Nm. The BMW X5, which is a premium SUV gets a base price tag of Rs 77 lakh and gets powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum of 258 Bhp.
Mahindra Bolero – Mercedes-AMG G63 Brabus
The humble Mahindra Bolero is known for its rugged body and uncomplicated engine set-up. Here is a Bolero that gets a Brabus grille. Now Brabus is a brand that specialises in modifying Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The Brabus kit alone for the G63 AMG costs more than the price of a new Bolero! Comparison? Well, the Bolero is priced at Rs 7.45 lakh and the G-Wagen with the kit costs Rs 2.2 crore in India. With the Brabus kit in place, the price of a G-Wagen can reach around Rs 3 crores or more depending on the kit chosen by the owner. The G63 AMG gets powered by a 4.0-litre V8 Bi-Turbo engine that produces a maximum of 585 Bhp and 850 Nm. The Bolero gets powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produces 63 Bhp of power and 195 Nm of peak torque.
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