Tata Safari is an icon in the Indian automobile industry. Well maintained examples are still holding their values quite well. There is still a strong cult following behind the Safari. It is known for its tough build quality and capabilities. Because of this, even our Indian army uses a Tata Safari, which is called GS800. You must have seen a lot of different modified Safari’s but this one is a bit different. Here, we have a Safari Dicor that has been modified to have a 6 wheel setup.
To do this, the body of the Safari has been extended as we can see in the pictures. This Safari is located in Haryana and the modification work was done by a local shop. On the sides, there are Velociraptor 6×6 stickers. World-famous, Hennessey Performance Engineering have a modified version of the Ford F-150 that they call VelociRaptor 6×6. It costs a whopping $ 349,000. Whereas, this Safari modification cost around Rs. 8 lakhs.
There is also a “Ladakh” decal on the side which has been inspired by the Ladakh Expedition concept of the Safari that Tata Motors showcased at the Auto Expo 2014. There are certain design elements that are taken from the Concept and they have been implemented on the modified Safari.
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Up-front, there is a new grille that is finished in black colour. There are additional LED lights placed in the lower airdam. The biggest addition to the front is the bug deflector that really changes the whole look of the SUV. It looks more butch and makes the SUV look bulkier from the front. There are additional LED auxiliary lights placed on the roof that will help in increasing the visibility while off-roading.
The major changes are done to the rear half of the Safari. It is now longer than the regular Safari Dicor. At first, the added length might not look much but when you notice the length of the rear quarter window, then you would be able to tell that the rear half is much longer than the regular Safari Dicor.
Because of the longer body, there is an additional axle installed. For this, the shop needed to increase the length of the chassis. The SUV is running on all-terrain tyres and different alloy wheels. Usually, alloy wheels are not preferred for off-roading. There is also a spare tyre mounted on the tailgate which also comes with the same alloy wheel design.
The owner has reported that it is not a live axle. This means that no amount of power from the engine is transported to the additional axle. So, the SUV might look like a 6×6 but in reality, it is a 6×4 SUV. The vehicle was not modified to increase the off-roading capabilities. It was originally modified to provide extra room to the rear occupants.
The modified Safari Dicor does look butch and has a lot of road presence because it is not every day that you see a 6×6 vehicle on our Indian roads. Having said that it is important to know that such kinds of modifications are not allowed in India. The RTO does not approve such modifications and the vehicle can get seized.
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