• Sep 26, 2010
Record-setting Suzuki Kizashi – Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember that 500+-horsepower Suzuki Kizashi that recently went over 200 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats? The one that Road & Track's Sam Mitani drove to a new F/BGC record of 203.720? Well, R&T brought it down to Cars and Coffee this weekend and we got our first up-close look at it. Color us impressed.

The exterior features a large air dam up front, Moon discs and a pair of dorsal ridges running along the roof, but other than that, the car looks pretty much stock. Sure it sits a bit lower and it is covered in decals, but it doesn't look much different from a tuner Suzuki that one might see at this weekly show. Even the engine looks relatively streetable.

Looking inside, you see much of the same – a fairly stock dash and center console, the original door panels, and even the stock steering wheel, albeit with the airbag removed. The biggest mods inside are for safety, with a single racing seat and a roll cage, plus a couple of fire-suppression tanks and a slew of switches and levers to keep everything moving smoothly. The biggest tip-off that this is something a little more special than just a tuner Kizashi is that giant parachute out back. Click below to check out our high-res gallery.



Photos Copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      From what I've heard, sales of the Kizashi haven't really been that great. I remember another manufacturer doing something similar - Rover-MG kitted up a MG ZT estate and look where they ended up! http://www.mgcars.org.uk/news/news864.html
      Still impressive!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The sales aren't that great because the car, along with the new Equator, haven't been advertised. They're currently working on an ad campaigns for both vehicles. So I wouldn't really make judgement yet.

        There's a HUGE difference between Rover-MG and Suzuki. Suzuki is a much larger company that sells cars all over the world, while Rover-MG were only limited to just a few other countries other than its home country. They are now a subsidiary of the 2nd largest manufacturer in the world, Volkswagen AG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not that it's a bad car.

      In fact, it's a very good one: it drivers well, rides well (especially for something on wheels that big) the interior detail trumps everything in it's class and more than a few above it (eg, the Regal, the TSX, more than a few sub-335i 3-Series) but it's not nearly the game-changer you'd think it was. And I agree with the poster above asking Autoblog about whether or not they're getting compensated for posts like this because it really is a wonderful way to astroturf away the Kizashi's weakest point: a powertrain that's, give or take, a decade behind the competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive me, but I don't really see the point. I don't mean to diss it or anything, but I don't understand what the big deal is about a modified Suzuki that can hit 203mph. I mean, if it was going into production, then yeah, that would be impressive.

      Like I said, I don't mean to be critical, but I can't see the significance of it. :-
      • 4 Years Ago
      The courageous gang at Motortrend, Petersen's 4 Wheel and Offroad, the Motorcyclist should 've joined the coffee party as well to share their epic journey back from..Tokyo to LA: The Hard Way in a Suzuki Kizashi.

      The crew rode on two identical stock Kizashis, two support Equators and a V-Strom 650...it would've been awesome if they brought in their ultimate road tested Suzukis.

      http://blogs.motortrend.com/2/118/suzuki/index.html

      http://www.suzukiauto.com/allpoints/events/road-trip/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool cool. I never really looked over the kizashi yet. Heard some good things about it. I like. Looks like quality
        • 4 Years Ago
        I finally saw one in person the other day - it's a very good looking car. Here's to hoping quality and style translate into good sales figures; it's not always the case.