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A first generation Maruti 800 (also called the SS80) has been modified by Delhi based AGM Technologies. The modified Maruti 800 features heavy modifications, but still manages to retain its vintage characteristics.
Pictures uploaded by Turbo Xtreme reveal a glossy red paint scheme that gives the first-generation Maruti 800 a sporty feel. The modifications include projector headlamps, LED DRLs, and LED tail lights.
The modified Maruti 800 also features 13-inch black alloy wheels - an upgrade from the factory made 12-inch wheels. There is also faux carbon fiber body kit on the bumpers.
While there are side skirts present, they are not flashy, and look like they were always meant to be there. A Suzuki badge on the boot lip adds more to the vintage charm of the modified Maruti 800.
The original design of the dashboard has been retained, but the modified Maruto 800 features an air conditioner, a music system, a stand-alone tachometer, and instrument console that uses amber for back-lighting.
The original steering wheel has been replaced by one from the company's Alto models. The seats and the roof-liner are both finished in leather. Sticking to the retro charm, the boot is accessible via the rear windshield.
The original 796cc engine has been retained, however the modified Maruti 800 now features an MPFI system. The builders and the tuners have not revealed any power and performance figures for the modified hatchback.
Another fantastic set of modification done to the Maruti 800 are the installation of disc brakes at the front and reverse parking sensor at the back of the vehicle. AGM Technologies say that the total cost for the modifications stand at Rs 6.0 lakh - about 5.48 lakh more than the on-road price of the car is 1984.
The Maruti 800 was based on the first-generation Suzuki Alto from 1979. The 800 fell under a category called ‘Kei' cars in Japan. Vehicles in this category had to abide by strict rules for length, width, and engine size.
The first-generation Suzuki Alto featured a 600cc engine for the Japanese home markets, and an 800cc engine for exports. India had no rules regarding engine sizes during the 1980s and therefore got the bigger 800cc engine.
Thoughts About The Modified Maruti 800
This is one of the best modifications we've seen, at least from the exteriors. The red paint scheme, coupled with black bumpers and grey highlights at the front grille give the 800 a very vintage Japanese look.