There’s a certain tuning niche that involves taking one car – regularly a newer or less costly – and converting it into another, an icon or a very expensive exotic, usually with pretty pour results at the end. This is the case of a replica, but without the negative ending.
In America the Pontiac Fiero has been suffering for years from the well-known multiple personality disorder, but when you think of India you wouldn’t have guessed there’s a market for Jeep Wrangler replicas as well. The local aftermarket outlet Jeep Studio has an unofficial build for the three-door Wrangler replica – all the conversion costs around $10,400, not including the Mahindra Thar donor car. That one goes for approximately $13,300 in India, which already counts as the world’s second most populous country.
To get this very accurate replica, the Thar is stripped to the bare metal, with all new body panels actually manually manufactured and basically turning the Indian off-roader into the US machine. The one thing that goes unchanged is the mechanicals – as much as possible, including the engine bay which remains untouched. While called the Jeep Studio, the shop can deliver another icon replica – this time around working on the basis of another popular Indian machine – the Mahindra Bolero – to deliver to its clients an accurate rendition of the Mercedes-Benz G Class.