With the increasing popularity of turbocharged petrol engines in the market, a lot of performance-oriented products have been launched in the affordable segment in India. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is one such car that has become quite popular. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is used extensively in the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) and there are many performance accessories on offer too. Here is one such Blitz air filter that can be installed in the Baleno RS for more power output. Here is a video showing the difference between the stock Baleno RS and the Baleno RS equipped with a modified air filter.
The stock engine of the Baleno RS puts out a maximum power of 101 Bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque. The video shows the rolling acceleration from 20 km/h, in which the Baleno RS with the Blitz air filter rushes ahead. The Blitz SUS power filter has been imported from the JDM and claims to reduce the turbo-lag in the vehicle.
Apart from the aftermarket air-filter and 16-inch aftermarket rims, both the vehicles are said to be completely stock. The air-filter manufacturer claims that the power output increases after installing the new filter. However, this can be only ascertained on the dyno.
Even though performance air filters are designed to make the vehicle quicker but it looks quite unrealistic for a vehicle to become this much quicker only after installing an air filter. The Blitz SUS-powered air filter is made of stainless steel and is a highly engineered product. The official website of the air filter maker says that the product dramatically decreases the suction resistance and creates a sharp engine response. The air filter also claims to add a race air-intake to the vehicle.
The air filters have to be imported from Japan but the price not been mentioned by the Indian re-seller. On the official (Japanese) website of the Blitz air filter, the price starts at around Rs. 7,000 for the most affordable version. We are not sure how much extra has to be paid for the shipping charges. The website also claims that the filter can be washed and cleaned for a number of times that virtually gives it an infinite lifespan.