What comes in mind when you hear Maruti Suzuki Alto? A small car? A basic car? If yes, then it’s true. Alto is known to be a family car with a low powered engine adequate enough for city drives. But some car lovers just can’t bear the low revs. One such fanatic, Sriniketh Acharya, turned his normal day Alto to the fastest Alto alive! How can we say that? Let’s find out!
The speed comparison
Let’s talk about the basic Maruti Suzuki Alto first. It takes 13.3 seconds to reach 100kmph from nothing. The top speed this hatchback can touch is between 140-150kmph. It can merely reach the rpm of 6,000.
Now let’s have a look at Sriniketh’s Alto. The fastest Alto alive can reach 100kmph from 0 in less than 10 seconds. This Alto can reach top speeds of over 180kmph after limiting and the engine can rev over 7,000rpm. It is clear from this comparison that this Alto is surely a fast one. But what has gone into making it such? Let’s have a look.
From an ORDINARY to the FASTEST Maruti Alto: The Journey
It was not an easy job and wasn’t cheap either. The whole modification has cost Sriniketh Acharya around ₹3.5lakhs which does not include the cost of the car. Actually the modification has costed more than the actual cost of the car.
First of all, to increase the power output of the engine, a bigger throttle body was added to the setup. This unbudgeable Alto gets a stand-alone ECU. NGK iridium spark plugs were added for better ignition of fuel. For the exhaust system, a custom-made free-flow exhaust and free-flowing CAT CAN was added. The air intake was also customised to ensure proper air-flow. The engine block was bored to accustom the bigger pistons. The head of the engine was upgraded to stage 2. HKS high-lifted camshafts were added. The intake manifold, exhaust manifold and the piston heads were ported and polished. Excedy aftermarket clutch and flywheel replaced the company-fitted ones.
For the braking duties, EBC brake pads along with Brembo rotors was given to the Maruti Alto. The tyres are now the Yokohama 185/60*13 low profile replacing the original MRFs from the company. The suspension was stiffened to allow a better performance. And the ratio of the gearbox was shortened for quicker transmission.
Now a car that has to run on a higher rpm and higher speeds, the engine will require more fuel intake. So this Maruti Suzuki Alto has been given a bigger fuel pump and bigger injectors. This hatchback runs on a high octane fuel which ensures high performance.
Interior and Exterior: What are the major changes
At the exterior, the first prominent change is the prominent after-market Suzuki badging and the bumper at the front. This is adorned by customer LED headlamps. At the rear, Alto gets tinted tail lamps and a roof-mounted spoiler.
Getting inside the car, the first change you will see is the steering wheel. It is a MOMO aftermarket steering wheel which adds to the racing feel of the car. The gear knob and the pedal have been changed too. The speedometer is also upgraded. And in the picture at the right side of Vighnaharta Ganesh is a two-step type R tachometer.
The interior has got a hydro dipped carbon-fibre treatment which just adds to the glory of this Alto. And that’s not all. While Sriniketh revs his car, he listens to the enthralling music on the Sony Xplod speakers along with a 12″ sub-woofer which has a peak power output of 3800 watts.
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And the owner is in no mood to stop right here. Sriniketh is planning to turbocharge the engine which will add to the power specs. We will surely cover the turbocharged Alto soon which will break its own records.
What are your views on this modified Maruti Suzuki Alto? Do you have such a modified car? Or do you plan to modify one? Let us know in the comments section below.
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