• Apr 21st 2011 at 5:41PM
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Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Suzuki has often flirted with the idea of strapping a turbocharger to the Kizashi, and it's once again putting it at the front of our minds with this, the Apex concept, here at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

The Kizashi Apex uses a Garrett turbocharger, air-to-liquid intercooler and a recalibrated ECU to produce an estimated 275 to 300 horsepower, mated solely to a six-speed manual transmission. To communicate that grunt to the road, Suzuki has fitted the Apex with a set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky 245-series Yokohama tires.

As for the graphics package, the livery is pulled from the Japanese automaker's GSX-R race motorcycles, tying the Apex to Suzuki's racier roots. Of course, the car is simply a concept for now, but we're crossing our fingers that it makes it to production... somehow.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't be afraid...build it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fernando Landaverde
      • 4 Years Ago
      I already ripped Suzuki's Facebook a new one, but it needs to be reiterated. Making this car was utterly pointless if they don't release a real one for the masses. They're always coming up with concepts, but 99% never see the light of day. So, once again, big whoop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Build it Suzuki. Would make a great Focus ST competitor.
        • 4 Years Ago
          • 4 Years Ago
          Funny the US and EU spec 2012 Focus STs are the same powertrain wise. The only difference being cosmetic and only someone who really knows their Fords would be able to tell the difference (besides the right hand steering wheel). Unless you are referring to the Focus RS which is a last generation model and it hasn't been confirmed that the US or Europe will see a gen 3 Focus RS.
      Rico Suave
      • 4 Years Ago
      Consider me excited!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki should take the engineers responsible for the motorcycle division and temporarily transfer them the auto unit. They should be leveraging their heritage of performance on the two wheel side, on the auto side. Like you other astute auto bloggers have inferred, they would make a hell of a competitor for Subaru. Most importantly with the Kizashi so well received, capitalize on the momentum and build it. Whether you are a Suzuki fan or not, they have a very rich heritage in performance machines. They just two wheels instead of four.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would be very nice if Suzuki did turbocharge the Kizashi! However, I feel that without all wheel drive or a sophisticated electronic and mechanical interface in position that 275-300 horsepower would be a bit ridiculous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone knows why they don't make the AWD versions available with manual tranny? I've been looking around for a new car and Kizashi would have been a serious contender if they offered more manual options...
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