• May 5, 2010
2010 Suzuki Kizashi Turbo Concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

Suzuki took a pretty big gamble by only offering its new Kizashi with a fuel-thrifty 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While the mill produces a respectable 185 horsepower, it falls well short of the numbers available from its V6-clad competition. To address that situation, the company has partnered with Road Race Motorsports to develop a Kizashi Turbo Concept. The aftermarket company worked in a Mitsubishi 16 G turbo coupled with a Road Race Motorsports intercooler and a handful of other goodies to help up the power to a much more respectable 290 horses.

As evidenced by the video that you'll find after the break, the car will get its debut on Test Drive on SpeedTV. So far, there's no indication as to whether or not Kizashi buyers will be able to opt for the new turbo system from the dealer, or how much it will cost from Road Race Motorsports.

Either way, the fact that buyers can get a little more pep from their Suzuki should help move the sedans off of dealer lots and into driveways. Check your local listings for more information on Test Drive, see our high-res image gallery below and follow the jump for the press release and video.



[Source: Suzuki, SpeedTV]



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SUZUKI'S CONCEPT TURBO KIZASHI 'BLOWS' DOORS OFF MIDSIZE COMPETITION
Blower heightens the excitement with lowered, tuned Kizashi

BREA, Calif. (April 30, 2010) – After an impressive performance preview of Suzuki's 2010 Kizashi at last fall's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, the heightened fun (on closed course, with professional driver) continues with the debut of Kizashi's concept turbocharged variant. As seen – beginning this month – with racer Tommy Kendall and his Speed Channel program "Test Drive," this newest Kizashi concept morphs the intended definition of Kizashi from the Japanese – "something great is coming" – into "what might be coming next?"

In production form, the all-new Kizashi delivers a premium package and experience without the premium price tag, providing a unique blend of dynamic performance attributes and features more appropriate to the near-luxury sport sedan segment. The performance experts at Road Race Motorsports build on those performance attributes and near-luxury features with a host of mods designed to heighten the excitement factor while lowering the Kizashi's lap times on any closed-course venue.

Road Race Motorsports, one of the chief suppliers of go-fast goods for Suzuki automotive enthusiasts, began the Suzuki turbo project with a pre-production Kizashi GTS. Boost is supplied to the stock heads and block by a 16G turbocharger, while temp is kept in check with Road Race Motorsports' own high flow intercooler. Other adds on the hardware menu include custom fuel management, Road Race's Sleeper blow-off valve, Velocity air intake and Extreme spray injector. The equal length turbo manifold is custom crafted, while the 38mm wastegate is supplied by Tial.

The enhanced power bumps the Kizashi's already impressive engine to 290 hp and is connected to the track pavement via 19-inch Dunlops. Those are kept connected to the course by Road Race's own sport springs, working in combination with Kizashi's ultra-rigid unibody and all-independent suspension. High-speed stability is enhanced with the addition of a rear-mounted spoiler supplied by Delta Tech Engineering. The end result on the track – with either Road Race founder Rob Tallini, Tommy Kendall or the Suzuki enthusiast behind the wheel – is the need for speed suddenly and fully satisfied.
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Air dates for the newest edition of Speed Channel's "Test Drive" begin on April 30, 2010. For a complete schedule, visit the Speed Channel website – www.speedtv.com. And for an opportunity to build – and enjoy – something similar, sport sedan enthusiasts should visit their nearest Suzuki showroom; locations can be found at www.suzuki.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope Suzuki is smart enough to offer the turbo upgrade through their dealers, a) its extra money for them and their service people b) it gets more people into the car ala Scion TC with the supercharger upgrade. All that being said it would surely give Ford some competition if they ever release the 2.0 ecoboost Fusion with awd. Plus when the Kizashi first hit the seen they where comparing it to the Audi this turbo kit would bring it alot closer thats for sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad this show is 30 minutes of paid advertising. One of the reasons i stopped watching it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        It's sickening actually. Unfortunately, I love watching car shows so much that I will actually watch a 30 min commercial about a new car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It won't sell with such a Japanese name as Kizashi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Supra, Celica, and Miata are all American names?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i like how the rider's excitement drops a few notches once he's in the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A "snail" fed Kizashi doing 290hp(!)...That's temptingly bonkers!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        the big question is, can the AWD one have this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, I thought it was a VW Jetta
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought that too when i first saw the car last year... but after seeing it more and comparing it to the SX4 and Aerio styling I see all Suzuki in this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I must say, I thought the same thing. Perhaps it's the colors the chose?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The grille/front end scream jetta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there anything Road Race won't put a 16G in?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A big 16g is a lot of turbo for a stock engine with NA compression. Why didn't they use a smaller faster spooling turbo? Talk about overkill using a turbo that can support 400+HP

      If Suzuki wants to sell a turbo car, they should make a factory turbo car with a crank and compression that can handle the long haul.

        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. This was just a tuner exercise.

        I seriously question the driveability and long term reliability of this set-up. This will never be made available widespread.
      • 4 Years Ago
      there is nothing wrong with a Suzuki badge. Now that the GM crap has been sent back to GM, maybe Suzuki can clear it's name. Those Daewoo's just inflated the sales numbers but did harm to the brand over all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking like a Jetta is definitely better than looking like a Honda, Mazda, etc. In short, it looks good. Period.
      With Suzuki's relatively-unknown brand (for cars) in the U.S., and a less-than-stellar dealer network, they need to make this already-solid product more compelling - from the factory. For me, a turbocharged 4 yielding 230 - 260hp would just about do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the few cars in that class available with a manual transmission? Really? Camry, Altima, Fusion, Accord, Sonata (presumably the Optima as well) and Jetta are the first cars I can think of in the mid-size class that have available manual transmissions.

      The goof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      do love the Kizashi, this would also be great with 4wd
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is an AWD version if I'm not mistaken. Though it only comes with the CVT auto tranny.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "do love the Kizashi, this would also be great with 4wd"

        Mix, I think he meant a Kizashi awd/4wd with a turbo would be great...
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