• Aug 4, 2010
Road & Track record-breaking Suzuki Kizashi – Click above to watch video after the jump

You can't accuse the guys at Road & Track of lacking ambition. The magazine has announced plans to tackle the seemingly impossible by building a Suzuki Kizashi to do battle at Speed Week on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crew will be shooting for not one, but two different land speed records. On the low end is the naturally-aspirated gas coupe record which, for some odd reason, sits at a lowly 103 mph. The plan is to unbolt the factory turbo and run the car as a naturally aspirated machine. That shouldn't be so much of an issue considering that the stock Kizashi can knock off that kind of speed without so much as turning a wrench under the hood.

The really impressive feat will be seeing whether or not the Kizashi can topple the blown gas coupe category. That record sits at a more respectable 202 mph, which means the Road & Track team will need to work the little Suzuki up to at least 203 mph. To do that, the crew turned to Richard Holdener – a man with plenty of experience pulling other worldly speed out of common cars. Hit the jump for a look at the first three in a series of videos about the build.



Photos by Zach Bowman / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Road & Track]







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      • 4 Years Ago
      Weird car of choose, must be a stunt for Suzuki. I rather take the Jetta and not the Jetta copy to Bonneville.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd actually break the record before calling you car record-breaking. Because if there is an actual reason the record has been 103 for a long time, you're going to look silly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ummm...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also isn't the rule at Bonneville that you have to beat the previous record by 1% or more using the average of two back to back runs?

      If so going 203 mph isn't going to cut it. They are going to need at least 205.25
      • 4 Years Ago
      the answer to the question no ones been asking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did the writer of this article also not know the Kizashi isn't turbocharged as standard either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +100!

        I mean, come on guys!!! When you state something that is about as factually incorrect as this, do you not think that you lose credibility as experts, not to mention journalists?

        Personally, I can't believe there are 4 people with Editor in their titles (not Associate Editors, either), from Editor-in-Chief to Senior Editor, Executive Editor & Editor... What gives? Seems somebody has to actually edit/fact-check there, with all of the editors in the house.

        Abuelsamid seems to be the only guy who actually knows what he's talking about, at least from a technical standpoint, and (more importantly) seems to care to make sure he's got things right before he puts it out there. He's no hack. Unfortunately, credibility wears thin with too much of the other published product.
      • 4 Years Ago
      come on autoblog.

      100mph on paved tarmac is not even comparable to 100mph on bonneville salt flat. there are way more traction issues, not to mention the surface is not as smooth as you would think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree, I seem to recall that when Rick Byrnes went 200+ in his Merkur he said the tires were spinning at 200mph. Traction and the track's smoothness are two major factors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't they need a two door car for the "gas coupe" class?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know what? I'm hardly a fan of the Kizashi, but I think they deserve credit for this project. I mean, when was the last time you saw Toyota do anything sporty with the Camry, let alone attempt 200+ MPH (Nascar doesn't count, those aren't Camrys)? Plus, I'm always rooting for the underdog, so I hope they succeed.

      Yeah, it's not a coupe, sure it will never be for sale on a Suzuki lot, but this is a car enthusiast site, is it not? If someone's willing to put the effort in to make *anything* go 200 MPH and that doesn't make you take notice, you might want to check your pulse. We should be cheering them on instead of pigeon holing their efforts before they've even made a run.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree. I love it when manufacturers take their regular production cars and take on crazy challenges like this. I wish more of them would do so. Yes, perhaps real-world testing is more relevant to the average consumer, but doing things like this simply get people excited about a product, specifically cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said both of you. I'll definitely be following this as they go for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Strange choice of cars.. must be a promotional stunt.

      And oh my god, that transmission is freaking huge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone please explain the records they are trying to beat.
      Obviously the author didn't mention the stipulations.
      Gas coupe, and gas blown don't say much.
      That describes pretty much every car other than convertibles and wagons.
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