New hero at Suzuki

A tur­bocharged Kiza­shi or a Swift Sport are con­tenders, writes Paul Gover

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THE search has be­gun for a new Suzuki sports star. A tur­bocharged Kiza­shi con­cept is the first con­tender, but a Swift Sport is also a po­ten­tial hero for the brand — per­haps even tap­ping a sup­ply of go-fast gear from the US.

The Swift is head­ing for a to­tal changeover in Aus­tralia and a Sport model is part of the plan — though not un­til the end of next year.

Mean­time, a lo­cal devel­op­ment team has cre­ated the Kiza­shi Turbo Con­cept and is test­ing its sales po­ten­tial at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Syd­ney.

‘‘ If we build it, they will come,’’ the gen­eral man­ager of Suzuki Aus­tralia, Tony Dev­ers, says of the force-fed Kiza­shi.

‘‘If we do it then it should be ready in the first half of next year. Right now we’re see­ing if peo­ple are in­ter­ested— and also how much they will pay.

‘‘It’s only a mat­ter of putting the head down and see­ing what hap­pens.

‘‘There is no real prob­lem on cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. That’s some­thing we’re work­ing on.’’

The Kiza­shi Turbo has been up­graded with parts from Road Race Mo­tor­sports in Cal­i­for­nia, but there is also Swift equip­ment from Mon­ster Sports in Ja­pan — in­clud­ing a su­per­charger pack­age.

At present, Suzuki Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to the Swift Sport which — based on the cur­rent model line-up— should de­liver about 20kW more than the starter car.

‘‘The Swift Sport is com­ing to­wards the third quar­ter of next year,’’ says Dev­ers. ‘ ‘ It will be a more per­for­mance-rated Swift.

‘‘I don’t know yet on the make-up. It will be more pow­er­ful, but we don’t know if it will have a tur­bocharger.’’

Dev­ers be­lieves a go-faster hero is es­sen­tial for Suzuki to get cut- through with young buy­ers and says the ex­pe­ri­ence in other coun­tries, with ev­ery­thing from the Swift to the SX4 and Kiza­shi, shows the po­ten­tial in the brand. That is why he gave the green light to the Kiza­shi con­ver­sion for the mo­tor show.

‘‘This could be the cat­a­lyst con­verter. If it works for Kiza­shi then it should work else­where,’’ Dev­ers says.

The turbo up­grade pro­duces 179kW of power — 48 more than the stan­dard Kiza­shi, with an ex­tra 100 Nm of torque at 330.

For about $7000 it’s a costly con­ver­sion — with­out the ex­tra work on the mo­tor show dis­play car.

The con­ver­sion in­cludes low­ered sus­pen­sion, up­rated brakes, a frontsus­pen­sion brace, a rear spoiler and 19-inch al­loy wheels.

Force-fed: mar­ket tested for Kiza­shi Turbo Con­cept.

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