• Jul 17, 2007
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Damn. If only the real Suzuki XL7 was this awesome. The car you see above is the machine that Monster Tajima hopes to break the current Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in. While the Suzuki Sport XL7 Hill Climb Special has about as much in common with the regular XL7 as a funny car does with a production vehicle, it does indeed have one of the GM-sourced 3.6L V6es under its bodywork, only this one's a fully worked-over, twin-turbocharged unit dishing out 993 horsepower (1007 PS) and 737 lb-ft of torque. The target is Rod Millen's 1994 record of 10:04.06. The 2007 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place this weekend, so we'll know soon enough if Monster's new ride has what it takes to put a new entry in the record book. In the meantime, we'd like to suggest that Suzuki add a "Hill Climb Special" checkbox to the list of available XL7 options for the rest of us.

[Source: Suzuki Sport]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Gran Turismo 2 Escudo!
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha. i was thinking the same thing.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they need a bigger front splitter and wing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why not just attach flaps and a rudder while you're at it.
      haha at least those are functional, which is more than the average 'modified' honda civic owner can claim.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car first started as an Escudo(JDM), here known as the Sidekick. Then Suzuki changed the name from kickass to odd in the form of Vitara. History is fun. I had a Sidekick from 1990 and when I played GT2, 3 and 4 I would always get the Escudo first and win all the races I could. I think we all wish for a Pikes Peak Special edition Vitara. I would change it's plates to Escudo, then I'll be a Ricer.

      Isn't the Pikes Peak Celica the one with two engines?
        • 7 Years Ago
        no. The pikes peak celica has a 503e/3SGTE race spec engine
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone know what type/kind of rims/wheels are on the car?...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rays is a sponsor, so I assume it's the wheel manufacturer. Don't know which of its brands, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hehehe... Gran Turismo 5 anyone?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The driver looks a little unsure that he wants to be strapped to that rocket. The sheepish thumbs up gives it all away. Good luck to them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "we'd like to suggest that Suzuki add a "Hill Climb Special" checkbox to the list of available XL7 options for the rest of us."


      HAHA just what we need...people driving around 1000hp Suzuki's on the streets...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never did win that race on GT3, even with the suped-up Suzuki...
      • 7 Years Ago
      like blake said...gotta love the escudo! (this XL7's 'last gen father') especially love making it go 1500mph on two wheels in GT3 :P
        • 7 Years Ago
        To drive a realistic sim of these 1000+hp hillclimb monsters, load up rFactor with the historic rally mod. It also has Class B...
      • 7 Years Ago
      i bet there is a million ricers drooling all over themselves at the size of the spoiler on that thing
      • 7 Years Ago
      The wheels look like Volk RE30's in Bronze.
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