• Jul 27, 2007
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Last month, the Suzuki SX4 WRC underwent tarmac testing in Europe, and the consensus is that things are progressing well, but there's room for improvement,. And to be competitive, more improvement is needed. The car's current configuration is said to be very close to what the team will use in the WRC test entries it's scheduled for -- the Rallye de France in October and Rally GB in November.

Suzuki Sport's president, Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima (yes, him), said that while the results the group has seen are encouraging, he knows that the European WRC teams are evolving and improving just as quickly, and he and the rest of the team at Suzuki Sport are working very hard to ensure that the SX4 WRC will be a competitive entry when takes part in this season's upcoming test rallies, and more importantly, next year's World Rally Championship season. We hope this WRC effort will ultimately spawn a snazzy, turbocharged SX4 street car to do battle with the WRX in the marketplace. Because, you know, we're selfish like that.

Press release after the jump.

[Source: Suzuki]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      THAT WING!!!

      Is what the WRX STi will be needing once it goes on sale here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      *waits for announcement of turrbo awd sx4*

      :D
        • 7 Years Ago
        At least Suzuki can still make an attractive station wagon unlike some other car company I won't mention.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now thats one Suzuki car i would buy and worthy to put next to the Hayabusa! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a bit worried about the SX4's AWD holding up to this kind of power. Suzuki will probably strengthen it the AWD for rally duty, but the street version's AWD might not hold up to the extra power from a bolt-on turbo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think the Subaru is ugly at all, I meant the Impreza, but the yellow STI that has been floating around the internet might not be a real pic...
      • 7 Years Ago
      How are the sales of the SX4 doing? I was all gong-ho
      on buying one, but didn't want to be left out of the dark
      if sales were to slip.
      Also, what will change for this car that can make it a better sell that is factual info?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did you know that the SX4 is a sibling of Fiat's Sedici?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The SX4 as far as I can tell is the lowest priced AWD sold in America. Suzuki could bolt-on a turbo with a huge intercooler and still drastically undercut the price of the competition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      260 hp in an SX4? Do you plan on launching yourself to the moon or replacing your tires every week or what?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wagon looks cool. The sedan comes to the U.S. next year with either FWD or AWD. Give me the AWD model with 260+ hp and a decent interior and I'm sold. Also, get rid of the black body trim and go with body color like mentioned above.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The sedan version kind of spoils the SX4's SUV image in America.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that a full WRC car or a Super2000 Rally car... does not look like a full allert WRC Rally car... the second line Rally Series the super2000 (2.0l n/a 8500rpm limit AWD 260-285hp) is very popular in Europe and much more car brands race this Rally series as the WRC because it is a lot cheaper and much more private teams can run it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a rally car it will not go in production
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