2011 New York Auto Show: Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

Article by Christian A., on April 19, 2011

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 new Suzuki 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 275 hp to 300 hp, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. The powertrain of the Kizashi Apex Concept has been exclusively matched to a six-speed manual transmission.

Moreover, the new Suzuki 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.

Furthermore, 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.

Interestingly, the new Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept is wrapped in a livery that is actually based on the Suzuki superbike race design theme, emphasizing its connection to Suzuki’s GSX-R Superbike.

The front end of the new Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept stands out with customized LED-based fog lights fitted on the lower fascia. The Kizashi 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.

Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning at American Suzuki Motor, remarked that that Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate the carmaker’s flagship sedan in the US among enthusiasts craving for added power and performance.

Aside from the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept, American Suzuki Motor also unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show a gas-electric concept variant of the Kizashi sedan. This four-door sedan study -- the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept -- is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine complemented by an advanced electric propulsion system featuring a liquid-cooled 15-kW motor/generator unit connected to a 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion battery.

Thanks to this, the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept is 25-percent more fuel efficient in the highway compared to the current production Kizashi.

Press Release

Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept

American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a turbo concept version of its Kizashi sport sedan at the 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The turbocharged Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept showcases the link between Suzuki's automotive division and its championship-winning motorcycles.

"Our turbo-equipped concept leverages the already-exceptional Suzuki Kizashi platform and infuses it with a substantial boost," said Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning, American Suzuki Motor Corporation. "The Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept will further elevate our flagship sedan in the U.S. among enthusiasts who crave added power and performance."

More Power Under the Hood

The Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept features a Garrett turbocharger, an air-to-liquid intercooler, electronic boost control, and a specific engine control unit calibration to provide outstanding drivability. The system takes the Kizashi's peak output into the 275-300 horsepower range, with a maximum boost of 8.5 psi. This powertrain is matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Specific system components are as follows:

Garrett/Honeywell 2871 R ball bearing turbocharger
Internally wastegated 0.86 A/R turbine housing
Oil and water cooled bearing system
Turbine housing cast from high-nickel "Ni-Resist" material for extreme applications
Turbine wheel cast from lightweight iconel materials for extreme applications
Key to the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept's performance is its air-to-liquid intercooler, purposed for more effective charge air cooling in a smaller package. The unit's relatively small heat exchanger and circulation pump are designed to be minimally intrusive to vehicle cooling. The intercooler's primary advantage comes from the reduction in the overall length of ducting, which results in faster throttle response and a lower turbo lag, giving peak boost faster than most air-to-air intercooler systems. For impressive engine breathing, the Apex Concept utilizes a free flowing true dual exhaust system.

Race Bike Grapics

The livery on the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept is based on the actual Suzuki superbike race design theme and highlights the vehicle's bloodline connection to the Suzuki GSX-R Superbike. For a more expressive front-end, the lower fascia wears customized LED-based foglights. The Apex Concept is shod with Yokohama S.Drive 245/35-R19 tires, featuring advanced nanotechnology micro-fiber compound to maximize traction in both wet and dry conditions. The wheels are lightweight performance alloys with a "burnt asphalt" finish to communicate this Kizashi turbo's high level of performance. To make sure all this power is put to use in the right place, the Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept uses Suzuki's Euro-spec high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

Race-inspired Interior

The Suzuki Kizashi Apex Concept's cabin receives an eye-catching treatment in black leather, with laser blue Alcantara accents on the sport seats and steering wheel.

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