The Japanese at Suzuki are pretty much beating around the bush on the matter of a performance Kizashi and here we are several occasions later, still no guarantee of it happening.
As one of two new models to be seen at the 2011 New York Auto Show, this is the Suzuki Kizashi Apex, a model that keeps on giving us hope for a performance version of the real thing.
In Apex Concept variety, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi is fitted with a Garret turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler system and all the electronic setup that needed to be updated in order to keep up with the mechanical innards.
At the end of the dyno test, the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept develops between 275 and 300 horsepower from about a maximum of 8.5 psi, depending on where you set the electronic boost controller.
With all the work done under the bonnet it’s surprising to see how little has been done on the exterior and it also seems the suspension is nearly untouched as well.
The Japanese cartoony paint job is apparently inspired from the motorbike racing division of Suzuki.
If only the press release didn’t include Suzuki’s possible entry to the performance market and had that swapped for the “future plans” setup.