Maruti Suzuki launched its Maruti 800 in 1983 and changed the face of the automobile industry forever. The car was more compact than the Ambassador and gave a better performance than Fiat. The Japanese cutting edge technology had made the car zippy, easy to drive and very spacious and comfortable. The car was priced at ₹ 45000, which was almost half the price of Ambassador. Maruti 800 grabbed the middle-class imagination and was perhaps the first choice among cars that were sold in India.
The video above was uploaded by Turbo Xtreme on their youtube channel. In the video, a restored version of the 1984 Maruti 800 version has been showcased. The car retains the shape and size of its patriarch model while some of the interior designs have been altered. It now has an AC and an RPM meter as well. The modified version has alloy wheels, unlike the original steel ones. The car has power steering and power brakes which were not present earlier.
The Maruti 800 initially had a carburetor but now has been completely retuned to an MPFI. The car now has LED tail lamps while the front-end gets round projector headlamps. The DRLs are nicely integrated within the rectangular headlamp hence maintaining the original design. The grille and the bumper have been revamped to give it a modern look. The boot space has been increased.
The car now has leather seats and the meter comes with a shining back red light. While driving we get the feel of driving a vintage vehicle. Other feature additions include stereo and fuel injection for the 796cc, triple cylinder F8D petrol engine, which operates with a 4-speed manual gearbox. The whole modification costs 6 lakh rupees and it is worth it.The whole car’s look and feel give the aura of the original one.
Maruti Suzuki 800 was the second-highest selling and manufactured cars in India, only after the ambassador. Maruti had set a benchmark and revolutionized the Indian automobile market forever. We all have some memories attached to the Maruti 800 and it would be really awesome if it lands in the market again. Many people have still kept this car at their homes as vintage.