Maruti-Suzuki Zen

Ev­ery­body loves Zen

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT - Sirish Chan­dran (@SirishChan­dran)

TTHE STEER­ING IS TOO heavy, the brakes too spongy, the ride too crashy and the air-con takes for­ever to cool. In every re­spect a mod­ern hatch­back is bet­ter, but then you give it the beans in sec­ond gear, that decade-old Au­tomech ex­haust clears its throat and you can’t help but smile. My fam­ily has an emo­tional at­tach­ment to the Zen but the funny thing is that ev­ery­body who drives it also falls in love with it. That mo­tor, even by mod­ern stan­dards, is a sweet lit­tle thing – un­hin­dered as it is by any emis­sions or ef­fi­ciency norms. You reach its lim­its rel­a­tively early but the flip­side is you’re hav­ing an ‘ex­cit­ing’ time at le­gal speeds. Then you step on the brakes and re­alise it’s time to dial it back a notch. ⌧

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