German tuner Delta 4×4 has built an off-road-prepped 2019 Jimny that pays tribute to one of its illustrious predecessors, the LJ80 that was built between 1978 and 1982.
More specifically, it’s an homage to a specific LJ80 that competed in the 1982 Paris-Dakar Rally in the hands of Delta 4×4 owner Josef Loder and Dr. Alois Schneck. Remarkably, the diminutive Suzuki completed the grueling event and still survives to this day, serving as a design inspiration for a special Dakar-themed fourth-gen Jimny.
Delta 4×4 gave the modern-day Jimny a similar livery (sponsors included) as the classic model. Obviously, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, as the tuning company also enhanced the tiny off-roader’s all-terrain capabilities.
The Jimny has been fitted with a 50 mm (1.96 inches) lift kit for an even more generous ground clearance, wider fenders and 8×16-inch Legacy Forged alloy wheels shod in 285/75 R16 Mickey Thompson Baja STZ off-road tires. The set of wheels alone costs a whopping €3,800 ($4,300), while the lift kit costs €990 ($1,120). The ride height can be increased by a further 30 mm (1.18 inches) courtesy of spacers but that will set you back an additional €850 ($960).
The tuning package also includes an additional headlight behind the driver’s side mirror, priced at €390 ($440). For another €390, the company can also fit a bull bar tested according to EU pedestrian protection guidelines. Other parts that can be added include a roof rack (€900/$1,020) and a two-ton winch (€1,200/$1,360).
Add it all up, and the tally exceeds €8,500 ($9,620) — roughly half the base price of a stock Suzuki Jimny. Guess replicating the original, and not keeping things affordable, was the prime objective.