You can buy a car that is already fast enough to thrill you up. Or, You can buy a car that is not fast enough, make some modifications and get your hands dirty, and make the car a fast one. The thrill you will be experiencing from that modified car is way more than the already fast cars because it is your creation. If you have got a knack to modify cars and are looking to buy some budget-friendly and tuning-friendly cars in India, here’s a list for you.
This car has been a choice of many modification lovers. The stock engine itself is pretty powerful. It is a 1.8-litre TSI unit which produces 177hp of power and 250Nm of torque. The ones that have been tuned can reach a massive output of up to 300hp and 400Nm of torque. How can someone reach such an output? We’ll get to that in a short while. First, let’s have a look at other cars too.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The off-roader king of India, everyone is for sure well verse with the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. This car in the stock condition is a feast to drive especially on the rough terrains. And when it comes to modifications, the simplicity of this tuning-friendly car makes in one of the best choices in India. Although you cannot buy a new one as the Gypsy has been discontinued, you can surely look for a second-hand one and perform your magic on it. A second-hand Gyspy in a good condition will cost you less than ₹2 lakhs and you can spend all the extra money on the tuning of the car.
Have a look: How the Maruti Gypsy made its name in offroading?
The Korean Carmaker introduced a luxury sedan in the early 2000s and it became a real success. The Accent was loved by the executive class a lot. If you can get this car and modify it, you won’t regret your decision. The low centre of gravity, high-performance engine, luxurious features that are not common even now and the most important part is the independent suspension at the rear, which present-day cars also miss a lot. You can add a turbo, equip it with a free flow exhaust, bore the engine or change the spark plugs and voila, you get a proper sleeper car and that too a fast one.
Not any Honda Civic, the 8th-generation of the Honda Civic is what I am talking about here. 1.8-litre VTEC engine that powers this gen Civic is a great choice for tuning. And what’s more interesting is that you can get a second-hand one in less than ₹4 lakhs, which is less than the Renault Kwid. Although you cannot get a new one as it was discontinued in 2012. Nevertheless, Honda Civic 8th gen is a great choice if you are looking for a tuning friendly car in India. Have a look at one such enthusiast’s Civic here.
Maruti Suzuki Zen
This is one of the most sought-after cars for modification in India. People here just love the Zen as it has got a great potential to be tuned. The simplicity of this car just makes it easy to tune it accordingly. And the major point to note is that you can get one in stock condition, though second-hand, in less than ₹1 lakh. This means you can save a lot on procuring a car and spend more on the mods to make it fast.
So now we have a list of some tuning-friendly cars. Now let’s take a look at the stages of tuning that can be performed in order to enhance the performance of the car.
Stage 1,2 & 3 of Tuning a car
Once you start getting your hands dirty while modifying your car, you’ll get to know that there are different parts for different stages of tuning. But what exactly do these stages represent and which one should you go for? Let’s find out.
It is the most basic type of tuning. Stage 1 tuning is suitable for cars that are to be used every day. It requires ‘bolt-on’ or single modification approach. The basic upgrades that are done on the car are suspension upgrade, lighter flywheel, alloy wheels, sports exhaust and panel air filter. These additions do not require any sort of modification to the engine or the car body.
This type of tuning requires an aggressive approach. There will surely be a power enhancement which will require some other involved parts to be changed in order to keep the car safe. The changes done in stage 1 will be added with a high flow injector, ported and polished head, sport clutch, fuel pump upgrades and a fast road cam.
This tuning will make the car track-ready but you can still drive it on the roads. Though, you will have to get the car serviced more readily than the normal schedule.
The car tuned with this stage of tuning is not suitable for use on roads. You will have to add engine balancing, a turbocharger or a supercharger, bigger pistons, bigger valves, competition cam, sports gearbox and much more in the engine. If you are planning to get Stage 3 tuning done on your car, first of all, you’ll have to forget about the fuel economy. But in return, you’ll get the maximum power output from your car. This car won’t be able to pass the emission tests but will fly past the opponents on a track any day. Being this powerful will also add to a disadvantage, you cannot drive the beast through the traffic easily.
So this was a list of 5 budget-friendly and tuning-friendly cars in India that you can choose from and how can they be tuned. But that’s not all, Stay tuned for the second part! Some more rides are on their way. Have you got any car that has been modified? Let us know in the comments section below. You can also share information regarding the same here.1