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5 Maruti Cars Best Suited for Rally Driving | From Gypsy to SX4

Racing is a sport and not entertainment. Here in India, racing of any sort is not so prominent (except street racing). But Rally Racing is still acceptable to sport her in India. Maruti Suzuki organizes some of the rally contests and one of the famous rally racing is the Ride de Himalaya. Well, if you wanna go racing, surprisingly some Maruti Suzuki cars are a weapon of choice. What are choose? Let’s have a look.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Esteem

    Maruti Suzuki Esteem Rally Racing
    Maruti Suzuki Esteem Rally Racing | Source

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.3-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine
    Transmission 5-speed MT
    Power 85hp@6,000rpm
    Torque 110Nm@4,500rpm

    This was one of the first Maruti vehicles to enter the Rally racing in India. Why you may ask? This car is one of the few to have a fairly versatile built. The car was mostly barebone and it was easy and cheap to re-build. The engine and the suspension were the primary modifications done to take the Esteem rallying. It was 1.3-litre that came under the hood and was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The motor pushes 85bhp and about 110Nm of peak torque.

  2. Maruti Suzuki SX4

    Maruti Suzuki SX4 | Rally
    Maruti Suzuki SX4 | Rally | Source

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.5-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine
    Transmission 5-speed MT
    Power 104.7ps@6,000rpm
    Torque 145Nm@4,500rpm

    After the esteem, SX4 carried its legacy in rally racing. Maruti Suzuki SX4 offered a more powerful engine and better dynamics. Given Maruti’s tag it was cheaper to maintain and modify. With that said, the ground clearance complimented the rally DNA of the vehicle. Under the hood, it was a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Well, there was an option of a diesel powertrain but it was the petrol for the enthusiasts. The engine produced 104ps of max power and 145Nm of peak torque.

  3. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

    Maruti Gypsy at the GoMechanic BND Motorsports 2019 Tarmac SpeedFest
    Maruti Gypsy

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.3-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine
    Transmission 5-speed MT / 4X4
    Power 80ps@6,000rpm
    Torque 103Nm@4,500rpm

    One can not miss Gypsy when it is ‘rally’ we are talking. Maruti Suzuki Gypsy was the first weapon in the arsenal one opted for when going racing. The kit that machine offers is top-notch, from suspension to drivetrain, and powertrain. A 1.3-litre naturally aspirated engine powers the beast. The engine produces 80 bhp of peak power and 103Nm of max twist. This motor is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, that powers all the four wheels on demand.

  4. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    The Original Maruti Baleno and Why rally enthusiasts love it
    Original Maruti Baleno

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.6-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine
    Transmission 5-speed MT
    Power 91hp@6,000rpm
    Torque 132Nm@3,000rpm

    No! we here are not talking about the current Baleno, but the sedan that was offered a while ago. Maruti Suzuki Baleno was sold adjacent to Esteem and was one of the choices for adrenalin junkies. Baleno was cherished with a versatile independent suspension in front and semi-independent suspension at the rear. This made it open to install a wide variety of suspension. Talking about the motor, it was a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine that pushes, 91hp and 132Nm of peak torque.

  5. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross | Rally
    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross | Rally | Source

    Engine Specifications

    Engine 1.6-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine
    Transmission 5-speed MT
    Power 120ps@3,750rpm
    Torque 320Nm@1,750rpm

    The last entry into rally racing was the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. For those who are not aware, S-Cross is based on the sedan SX4. With that said, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross comes with indulging dynamics and a gem engine. Under the hood sad a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that pushed 120hp of power and a whopping 320Nm of peak torque. The power was sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Though Maruti Suzuki offers bland cars now, at some time it was one of the value for money offering.

Also, Read: Is the New 2020 Mahindra Thar a Desi Wrangler? We find out!

What do you think of rally racing and the Maruti cars? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Utkarsh Bhardwajhttps://gomechanic.in/blog
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.

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