Maruti 800 – Introducing

Maruti Suzuki 800’s arrival in 1983 as a modern-day car, this renowned hatch has played the role of India’s favourite small car. The price of the Petrol variant for 800 is ₹ 2.19 Lakh, and the cost of the LPG variant for 800 ranges between ₹ 2.24 Lakh – ₹ 2.42 Lakh. You have mentioned Maruti 800 has an engine immobilizer. But my 800 AC which was a 2003 June model, does not have. However, this also means that the Maruti Suzuki 80 is now two decades old.

Could you please mention when it was introduced Engine immobilizer in 800?
Maruti Suzuki India Limited, earlier named Maruti Udyog Limited, is one of the preeminent automobile manufacturers in the country. Maruti 800, designed in 1983, is marketed as a small city car manufactured by Maruti Suzuki India Limited. The first generation Maruti 800 (SS80) was inspired by the 1979 Suzuki Fronde and dawned an 800 cc F8B engine – the moniker that proffers the car its name. It is synonymous with an easily affordable and dependable family car, specially made for the Indian nuclear family. Maruti Suzuki 800 falls in the price range of ₹ 1.96 – 2.37 Lakh.

The Maruti Suzuki 800 is available in six assortments and peppy colours. Superior White, Bright Red, Silky Silver, Caribbean Blue, Icy Blue, and Bright Red.

Maruti 800 – Technical Specifications & Feature List
Team-BHP will now be uploading the complete feature list and technical specifications of each car sold in India. This information isn’t readily available. Even manufacturer websites sometimes don’t present all the data (intentionally), while the fancy formats make for poor readability. Then, we have some manufacturers who tend to confuse you by listing a glovebox as a feature!! Lastly, the official websites don’t follow any standard display order, making comparisons across cars very difficult.

For a while, there have been many enhancements in the car. Without specific dates, readers will confuse about their car features.

Maruti Suzuki 800 Versions

800 is available in 5 variants. Out of these five variants, three are Manual. The trick to making cars go faster is to start with a fast car! Making a slow, economy vehicle with an 800cc engine go appreciably faster will get expensive, where money does begin to be a concern!

In addition to the turbo & exhaust manifold. The cooling system will need an upgrade. The fuel injection system will need to be programme. If it has a carburettor, that’ll need to be modified. If the performance IS increased to the extent that it is noticeable, it’d be wise to upgrade the brakes.

A little 800cc engine could be put under a lot more stress due to the modifications. I mentioned upgrading the cooling system. What about the bottom end? It’ll inevitably wear out more quickly to achieve a performance level that could probably be easily beaten by a standard car with a 1,600cc engine? Use the money that ‘isn’t a concern to start with a more powerful car &, if its performance is still insufficient, modify that!

Maruti Suzuki 800 Colours

800 offers in 8 colours: Wine Red, Pearl Silver, Superior White, Silky Silver, Bright Red, Blue Blaze, Caribbean Blue and Icy Blue. However, some of these colours are available in specific versions.

Maruti Suzuki 800 Competitors: 

800 is competing against Maruti Suzuki Alto, Maruti Suzuki S-Pressor, Volkswagen Polo, Datsun Redi-GO, Tata Tiago NRG, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Renault Quid, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2022 and Hyundai Sandro.


Which Engine is Compatible with Maruti 800 Engine?

A cylinder petrol engine is there in Maruti 800. But if you need to change it to electric, go for an ac induction motor rated 72 V, 50 Hz, 1500 rpm, 20 kW, in three phases. Throw away the fuel tap, and there install the charging point. Change the controller and replace it with an inverter.

Like Using Maruti 800 Car Engine

The entire engine will be surprisingly compact for a motorcycle if we remove the gearbox. We can shave a lot of weight from the machine-like unwanted mounts, lighten the flywheel etc. we have to use a gearbox working similar to an old Royal Enfield, chain drive from the flywheel or extra cogs depending upon the gear ratio we want (though RE gearbox can’t bear the load, We used the old Yamaha RD 350 gearbox instead). Another headache comes when you try to connect the starter motor since the starter motor mounts directly on the gearbox. But if you have the will, there’s always a way. It’s not rocket science, after all.

Common Problems

The starting problem you are facing is the carburettor supplying the engine with a fixed amount of air-fuel ratio. The air-fuel ratio differs for optimal combustion according to the surrounding temperatures, ex- rich air-fuel mixture for colder weather conditions and leans for hotter. To rectify this problem, use the choke provided, and the car will start relatively faster. Also, keep the choke lever in the ‘on’ position until your engine warms up. The smell of petrol you get near the engine bay is that of the extra fuel going back through the return line. Also, sometimes the engine flood with power. This is a common problem with carb vehicles. To avoid flooding, switch off the choke once the engine has warmed up and do not use the choke while driving. This avoids supplying the machine with an unnecessary rich mixture.


This car needs no introduction! Maruti Suzuki 800 became a synonymous name for cars across all homes in India. Maruti 800 has also held the position of a status symbol for a long time. It was an essential car but what made it special was that it accomplished many goals. This tiny car started the trend of flourishing hatchbacks in India, and now, every car manufacturer wants to grasp their version in that very segment of hatchbacks.

The Maruti 800 was the bestselling small car until Alto took over sometime back. Though it discontinues in several cities, Maruti Suzuki preparing to revive the iconic 800 in the future with its Cuervo model, which is still in the consideration stage now.

Also Read: How is Suzuki Fronde? – Introducing, Deigned, Features, And More