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Turbocharged Kizashi on the cards


Suzuki has drawn inspiration from its GSX-R superbike range for a high performance concept version of its new Kizashi sedan

Suzuki Australian General Manager Tony Devers pulled back the covers on the Concept Kizashi Turbo at the Australian International Motor Show on the weekend.

Concept Kizashi Turbo boasts a force-fed power boost, lifting peak power from 131 to 179kW, and torque from 230Nm to 330.

“Customers have been asking about a turbocharged version of this car since the original Concept Kizashi was unveiled at Frankfurt in 2007,” said Devers.

“The race-bred Kizashi chassis was always designed to handle more power and we are excited about the potential for a high performance version.”

With its updated engine, Concept Kizashi Turbo is nearly 40% more powerful than its naturally aspirated sibling.

Kizashi’s high handling levels are assisted by a lower ride height, uprated brakes and a front strut brace for increased rigidity.

The performance potential is clear from the aggressive lines, accentuated by a new rear deck spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low profile sports rubber.

Devers said Suzuki would use the 2011 Australian International Motor Show to gauge customer reaction to a high performance Kizashi.

“We will closely monitor customer feedback on the concept car and welcome input at”

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