Crazy Lada Niva with 300 HP and 22-inch wheels for sale for $37k
The Russian classic with more than triple the power sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it?
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The Lada Niva is associated with off-road prowess and affordability, but this heavily modified example is an entirely different story. The immortal Niva has been tuned to produce 300hp along with a host of exterior and interior mods, leading to a jaw-dropping price tag of $37k.
The owner, Vaggelis Tsoumanis from Igoumenitsa, Greece, put a lot of time and energy into this unconventional construction. As described in the Classic Trader listing, the Niva was fully restored prior to receiving the modifications, with a number of “racing parts” making it behave like an “everyday sports car.” The listing suggests that it is a 2004 model that has only driven 4,600 km (2,858 miles) after restoration, which explains the immaculate condition.
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The highlight of the blacked-out Lada are the massive 22-inch alloy wheels shod with stretch tires that measure 245/30R22. Wheels this size would look better suited to a Lamborghini Urus or a Cadillac Escalade, making the 3,740mm (147.2in) long Niva look like one of those wild renders.
All the lights have been replaced with LEDs, with a metal front bumper and side steps keeping the lowered body protected. The bolt-on fenders strive to cover the wider tracks, while the suspension has obviously been lowered to improve handling—as much as can be said for an off-roader that dates back to 1977. Still, we have to admit, the Niva is the first. of its kind with a one-piece chassis rather than the more traditional ladder frame solution. Stopping power is also improved with disc brakes that feature Porsche-badged calipers.
If you’re wondering why you need all these upgrades, you need to look under the hood, or behind the intercooler that sticks out of the grille. There is a heavily modified version of the old Lada 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with an enlarged 1.8-liter displacement, a turbocharger, a racing ECU and the ability to run on three types of fuel.
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As a result, power output is 175hp on LPG, a more respectable 210hp on gas pump, and a crazy 300hp on racing or methanol fuel. All of those numbers represent a significant increase over the 82 hp (61 kW / 83 PS) of the original Niva. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission with the help of Lada’s 4WD system and locking differentials.
Moving inside, additional equipment comes to soften the spartan nature of the original. The bucket-front seats, obviously not from a Lada, are upholstered in red leather, while an aftermarket infotainment touchscreen has been added to the center console. The Pioneer subwoofer that takes up most of the trunk space suggests an upgraded audio system. Other amenities include air conditioning, hydraulic power steering, power windows, and a central locking system.
For those interested in acquiring this unique version of the iconic Russian SUV, the asking price is 30,678 pounds (37,013 dollars / 34,698 euros). Interestingly, this isn’t the most expensive Lada Niva we’ve come across: the title belongs to an off-road-focused Niva from German tuner Zubr that was listed on eBay for €44k almost a year ago.