American Suzuki Motor Corporation introduced the turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept at a recent press conference for the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This turbo concept version of the Kizashi sport sedan displays the link between Suzuki’s automotive division and its champion motorcycles.
The Kizashi Apex Concept boasts of having a Garrett turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler, electronic boost control, and a specific engine control unit calibration that allows for excellent drivability. This system enhances the peak output of the Kizashi, making it range from 275hp to 300hp, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. The powertrain has been exclusively matched to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Kizashi Apex Concept performs better mainly because it now features an air-to-liquid intercooler that was made smaller to have a more effective charge air cooling.
The unit has a comparably small heat exchanger and circulation pump that are meant to be the least intrusive to vehicle cooling. The main benefit to having this intercooler stems from the decrease in the overall length of ducting, resulting to a faster throttle response and a lower turbo lag.
This means that peak boost comes quicker than nearly all air-to-air intercooler systems. The Apex Concept has been fitted with a free flowing true dual exhaust system that results to remarkable engine breathing.
The Kizashi Apex Concept features livery that is actually based on the Suzuki superbike race design theme, emphasizing its connection to Suzuki’s GSX-R Superbike.
The front-end stands out with customized LED-based foglights fitted on the lower fascia. The Apex Concept rides on Yokohama S.Drive 245/35-R19 tires, which feature advanced nanotechnology micro-fiber compound so that traction can be maximized in wet and dry conditions.