NEW YORK, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a turbo concept version of its Kizashi sport sedan at the company's 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. The turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept showcases the link between Suzuki's automotive division and its championship-winning motorcycles.
"Our turbo-equipped concept leverages the already-exceptional Kizashi platform and infuses it with a substantial boost," said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning, American Suzuki Motor Corporation. "The Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate our flagship sedan in the U.S. among enthusiasts who crave added power and performance."
More Power Under the Hood
The Kizashi Apex Concept features a Garrett turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler, electronic boost control, and a specific engine control unit calibration to provide outstanding drivability. The system takes the Kizashi's peak output into the 275-300 horsepower range, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. This powertrain is matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Specific system components are as follows:
Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball bearing turbocharger
Internally wastegated 0.86 A/R turbine housing
Oil and water cooled bearing system
Turbine housing cast from high-nickel "Ni-Resist" material for extreme applications
Turbine wheel cast from lightweight iconel materials for extreme applications
Key to the Kizashi Apex Concept's performance is its air-to-liquid intercooler, purposed for more effective charge air cooling in a smaller package. The unit's relatively small heat exchanger and circulation pump are designed to be minimally intrusive to vehicle cooling. The intercooler's primary advantage comes from the reduction in the overall length of ducting, which results in faster throttle response and a lower turbo lag, giving peak boost faster than most air-to-air intercooler systems. For impressive engine breathing, the Apex Concept utilizes a free flowing true dual exhaust system.
Race Bike Grapics
The livery on the Kizashi Apex Concept is based on the actual Suzuki superbike race design theme and highlights the vehicle's bloodline connection to Suzuki's GSX-R Superbike. For a more expressive front-end, the lower fascia wears customized LED-based foglights. The Apex Concept is shod with Yokohama S.Drive 245/35-R19 tires, featuring advanced nanotechnology micro-fiber compound to maximize traction in both wet and dry conditions. The wheels are lightweight performance alloys with a "burnt asphalt" finish to communicate this Kizashi turbo's high level of performance. To make sure all this power is put to use in the right place, the Kizashi Apex Concept uses Suzuki's Euro-spec high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.
The Kizashi Apex Concept's cabin receives an eye-catching treatment in black leather, with laser blue Alcantara® accents on the sport seats and steering wheel.
Kizashi Apex Concept Specifications
Oil & Water
Ind Whl Dia
Exd Whl Dia
2.4L DOHC I-4
Projected Engine Peak Power
275-300 hp @ 5800-6200 rpm
Mass Air Flow at Peak Power
27.6 lb/min (0.209 kg/sec)
Maximum Pressure Boost Level for Desired Air Flow from Turbo
Suzuki is proud to offer the most affordable all-wheel drive lineup available in the U.S. and maintains a versatile collection of vehicles that fit most lifestyles and budgets, including the automobile voted the most satisfying car in America, the performance-oriented Kizashi sport sedan; the most affordable car in America with standard navigation, the four-door SX4 Sport; the most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle in America, the SX4 Crossover; the Grand Vitara, featuring 4-Mode 4WD providing true off-road capability; and the award-winning Equator truck. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of durability, leading-edge style and high content at a competitive price. All 2011 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully-transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
About Suzuki Auto
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 300 automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors in 49 states. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. In 2010, SMC sold more than 2.5 million new cars and trucks and more than 2.8 million motorcycles and ATVs. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 193 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com. Suzuki can also be found on Twitter (@SuzukiAuto), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/SuzukiAutomotive).