Of all the things I don’t currently associate with Suzuki automobiles, 200 miles per hour is probably close to the top of the list. I liked the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi well enough, but I had a hard time thinking of it as a sport sedan. Suzuki’s out to change all that, by campaigning a modified Kizashi prototype at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in an attempt to break the 200 mile per hour barrier.
The Bonneville Kizashi may look relatively stock on the outside, but the cabin and motor have been completely reworked for the speed run. Inside, the Kizashi gets a roll cage approved by the Southern California Timing Association, the governing body at the salt flats, an aluminum rear bulkhead, a driver’s racing seat and a six point harness. Underneath, the stock suspension has been scrapped in favor of a coilover suspension, and aerodynamic wheel covers and a front air dam eliminate lift at high speeds. Stopping the Bonneville Kizashi requires a parachute, since brakes alone aren’t up to SCTA specs.
Under the hood, the Kizashi is an entirely different beast. The motor was completely torn down, and stock internals were replaced by forged rods and pistons. The head was flowed and ported, and a custom intake manifold, header and three inch exhaust were built. Providing added grunt is the job of a Turbonetics turbocharger setup, and the new motor is said to produce 500 horsepower at the wheels. I’ll go out on a limb here and say they’re running a lot of boost.
Road & Track editor Sam Mitani will handle the driving duties, so rest assured the build and event will be featured in an upcoming issue.