Previewing what appears to be the long-rumored performance variant of its flagship sedan, the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept showed its face in New York, matching a serious helping of force-fed muscle with trick graphics that recall Suzuki's championship-winning competition motorcycles. In presenting this for-the-moment one-off, Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning, American Suzuki Motor Corporation observed: "The Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate our flagship sedan in the U.S. among enthusiasts who crave added power and performance." With luck, a production variation will join the lineup sometime in the next couple of years.
Heart of this super Suzuki is a Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball-bearing turbocharger package that develops 8psi of boost and bumps output of the Kizashi's naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four from 185 horsepower to the 275-300 range. The turbo unit is an impressive piece of work on its own, with a housing made from high-nickel "Ni-Resist" material and a turbine wheel cast from lightweight iconel -- both designed to cope with extreme performance demands. The T-charger also features oil- and water-cooled bearings and incorporates an internal wastegate. It works in concert with an equally efficient and effective air-to-liquid intercooler whose compact size and relatively short ducting further minimize lag time to deliver quicker throttle response than a conventional air-to-air unit. A free-flowing dual exhaust system ensures that all downstream duties are handled in an equally performance-enhancing manner.
To properly link the Kizashi Apex Concept with its ultra-quick two-wheeled corporate cousins, the car's high-profile paint uses the same design found as the race livery of Suzuki's GSX-R Superbike. The look gets not-so-subtly set off by a more aggressively contoured front fascia fitted with Euro-spec high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and customized LED-based foglights. To help put the Kizashi Apex Concept's extra power to best use, it's fitted with 19-inch lightweight performance alloy wheels finished in Burnt Asphalt and wrapped a set of ultra-sticky Yokohama S.Drive tires made with an advanced nanotechnology micro-fiber compound that maximizes traction in both wet and dry conditions. Inside, the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept's cockpit is done in custom black leather matched with laser blue Alcantara accents on the sport seats and steering wheel.