We?ve driven an aftermarket turbocharged version of the Suzuki Kizashi modified by the Suzuki PR team and it was awesome, so we expect the turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept shown at the recent New York International Auto Show to be even more impressive.
Taking a page from the company?s championship-winning motorcycles, the turbocharged Apex concept showcases the link between automotive and motorcycle divisions.
?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.?
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.
The Kizashi Apex Concept is dressed in 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.
Production plans have not been revealed, but the Apex is badly needed as a halo car in Suzuki showrooms.
Also introduced at the New York show was the Kizashi EcoCharge gas/electric hybrid.? We?ll report more on that concept later.