• Feb 8, 2007
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Suzuki didn't even bother holding a press conference at the Chicago Auto Show this year, but the little car company that could loves to tune its cars for us, and a new one was present at McCormick Place. The Road Race SX4 was dialed in by the well-known craftsmen at Road Race Motorsports in Santa Fe, CA. Based on the 5-door SX4, this tuner car features a Road Race SRI intake system, a piggyback ECU to eek out a few more horsepower from the car's 2.0L four-cylinder, a catback exhaust and aftermarket pulley system. The car sits atop sport springs from Road Race and front and rear anti-roll bars keep thing in check. The SX-4's all-wheel drive is also now tasked with rotating a set of 18-inch Enkei NTO+3 wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber. The car's exterior, meanwhile, is awash in a two-tone paint job. The roof racks have been deleted for a smoother look, though a Carbontrix front sport lip and vented carbon fiber hood were added to up its street cred. The interior benefits from a Carbontrix shift known and Suzuki's own Suzuki Workds Techno fiber trim kit.

With the tuning scene dying down a bit, the purpose of an exercise like the Road Race Suzuki SX-4 may be called in question, but we doubt Suzuki cares.

Related posts:

Suzuki Concept-X2
Detroit Auto Show: Suzuki Concept X
Suzuki will debut two more concepts at SEMA





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      • 7 Years Ago
      I still want my Swift Sport. That's all I am asking for.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't this car just a rebadged Pontiac Vibe? I know Suzuki has somekind of a deal with Chevy............their SUVs are identical to Chevy's.


      Instead of selling these Chevy's that no one wants, they need to sell some of the cars they sell in Japan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks good. I like the SX4. The more aftermarket stuff the better. Now lets get some power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would be a great car with more engine power for the actual car, like a turbo or two
      • 7 Years Ago
      No. They aren't. The Vibe is the sister car to the Toyota Matrix.

      And this car is a pretty sweet deal in stock form, being the cheapest car you can get with AWD in the US.

      And who says the tuning crowd is dying down? I just think it is changing a bit. I think you are going to see more people chipping their cars and eschewing the added aero mods. If anything, the tuner crowd is going up market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "6. reminds me of the seventy year old blonde at church last sunday that had too much make up on. you know, tries to put bright red lipstick on and misses her lips and gets it half way up to her nose. a car only some moron like rrr would drive.

      Posted at 4:53PM on Feb 8th 2007 by david"

      -I love how you mention going to church then call someone a moron, THAT is funny!
      • 7 Years Ago
      reminds me of the seventy year old blonde at church last sunday that had too much make up on. you know, tries to put bright red lipstick on and misses her lips and gets it half way up to her nose. a car only some moron like rrr would drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am glad to see a practical interpretation of a tuned car. The SX4 is a tough car to make look good and Road Race did a great job of cleaning it up. I am sure it performs well too since they are no joke in the Mitsu World. Suzuki did well by employing their services. Lets see them work over a Swift!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. I'll take one without all of the stickers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think its fugly. the stock one is ok but this "tuner" looks awful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First things first... there's no hyphen in SX4.

      Secondly, the lower ride height, tinted windows and blacked out top do a world of good to this design... Road Race has tuned this vehicle to enhance the lackluster base SX4, such that you get the benefits without breaking the bank, and keeping the value of the SX4 intact.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Isn't this car just a rebadged Pontiac Vibe?"

      No this is a 100% Japanese engineered car of Japanese design, sold in Japan. Truely the car is a highly modified Suzuki Swift.

      The exterior styling cues (of the stock car) are from the famed italian design studio Italdesign, not a Suzuki design.

      "Would be a great car with more engine power for the actual car, like a turbo or two"
      - Road Race design DOES have a version of the SX4 which puts out over 300HP from the 2.0 litre engine that comes stock on the SX4
      Additionally..... Suzuki is bringing to market a the SX4-"WRC" which is turbo driven and puts out 320 HP. It will be for sale in the USA and other markets of the world in late 2007 or 2008.
      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0603/S00077.htm

      Even though the SX4 is a new car on the market there are already several companies making aftermarket performance parts for it. Excpect to see many more very soon since Suzuki is actively ecouraging aftermarket participation on this car

      Road Race also has another version of a performance SX4. That one is putting out in excess of 300 HP
      Check out these pics of it.
      http://www.worldcarfans.com/rsslink.cfm/article/2061130.012/suzuki/suzuki-zuk-concept-at-la-auto-show

      "I know Suzuki has somekind of a deal with Chevy............their SUVs are identical to Chevy's"

      Suzuki doesn't have a deal with Chevy, they do have a Co-Venture with GM in that they share a production plant in Canada, otherwise known as the CAMI plant.This plant is owned 50% by Suzuki and 50% by GM. And just as GM has been selling Rebadged Suzuki cars, ei -> Chevy Metro = Suzuki Swift, Chevy Tracker = Suzuki Sidekick, so have they once again shared a platform. In this case, the Theta platform, for which Suzuki has the new XL7.
      One big difference between the Suzuki version of the Theta and GM versions is that the XL7 out powers all of the GM versions.
      This is because Suzuki didn't want to put the GM built engine in a Suzuki vehicle. So Suzuki obtained manufature rights to the engine and built their own version of it in Japan where they were able to refine it and tune it up for greater HP and economy. Another intersting thing is that the Suzuki version of the engine so far as reported 22% fewer malfunctions/problems than the American manufactured version which is going into the GM versions of the Theta. lol
      You can also see clear Suzuki influence on the interior of the XL7 as compared to American versions.
      Most if not all Reviews of all the versions of the Theta platform SUV's feel that the Suzuki version is the best of all of them.

      The XL7 is however, the ONLY suv that Suzuki shares a platform with GM.

      The other Suzuki suv is the new Grand Vitara, which is 100% JAPANESE, no GM in it. They are designed and built in Japan and shipped to the US.

      2 more Suzuki models are on their way to the US... but more about that later. lol