A prized possession is often passed down through the family to continue its legacy in a new generation – this mint Corolla RXI was no exception for the Surju family. Bought in 2006 by Kimesh Surju, the car was handed down to Vikesh Surju in 2010 who again handed it down in 2012, this time to Prenesh Surju who is still the proud owner to this day.
These 3 passionates are responsible for all mods that the car now sports but credit ultimately goes to their old school car enthusiast father ‘Ravesh Surju’ who started his passion for modding cars at the tender age of 18. He’s a supportive dad to these young men and he's always willing to give a helping hand when necessary.
Looking from behind, you'll see that this RXI has received a custom rear bumper that has been tweaked even further. It now has mesh inserts with a molded in lower lip and has been flattened to give it that flush look.
Up front we have a debadged mesh grill and smoked headlights. The headlights are enhanced further with the introduction of an H.I.D kit that lightens the road ahead when Prenesh decides to shoot by.
This beauty has been resprayed in factory blue with silver flakes that have resulted in this car taking home the Midas Show & Shine Facebook competition title, and Prenesh has plans to win many more competitions in future.
Wheel wise, Prenesh decided to keep it OEM and swapped out the Twin Spokes for the much loved Blade rims which are mated to 195/50/15 Bridgestone tyres. Thus resulting in a clean style that’s not too over the top.
Performance wise, the cars 20v lump has received a Primaforce 57-60mm Exhaust, Vernier Pulleys and Intake. The stock standard ECU is still in play.
Audio wise, the car has been fitted with a Pioneer MP3 USB head-unit upfront with Pioneer 6inch mids and 6x9s, as well as a set of tweeters for them high notes. No subs, because sub + box = weight. Racers should know what I’m on about…
Prenesh aims to be one of the few fast stock ECU, fully trimmed, daily driven 20v's in Durban. He plans to install BC Racing Coilovers as well as some TODA headwork in the near future so this definitely won’t be the last we see of this RXI!
Photography by Vitesh Sampath | Words by Andhisha Cassilall & Vitesh Sampath