Those of you that have seen the "World's fastest Indian" would recognise the Bonneville Salt Flats as the place to go when it comes to setting land speed records. The immensely long flat and smooth surfaces make it the ideal location to perform speed runs. However, it's not typically done in a Suzuki!
The team from Suzuki and Road & Track have set the official record for the "Blown Gas Coupe Category" having achieved a 327km/h run in a Kizashi.
But don't go running out to a Suzuki dealer to get your 300km/h+ Kizashi just yet. The record-breaking car was heavily modified to perform the task.
Apart from the suspension, roll-cage, racing seats and the general interior modifications, the engine was the main beneficiary.
Suzuki says the motor was initially disassembled to ensure the stock measurements were met. From there the cylinder head was flowed and ported. The so-called "Kizashi Bonneville racer" also gained a new intake manifold as well as a tuned 'long tube' header.
To make sure the engine didn't fail under enormous pressure, forged rods and pistons where put in. The main party trick, however, was the 16 pounds of boost from a Turbonetics turbocharger now connected to a 3.5-inch exhaust. This enormous increase in power meant air-to-water intercooling was in order.
There final results meant 383 kW and 698 Nm of torque! It certainly sounds like the sort of car we'd love to drive.
Technical Specifications – 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special
Engine: 2.4 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine
Turbo Boost: 16 psi (Turbonetics)
Horsepower: 383 kW @ 7,700 rpm
Torque: 698 Nm @ 5,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
The Japanese company is set to launch the Suzuki Kizashi AWD in Australia next month but there is confirmation of a turbocharged or V6 variants just yet. Either way, the capacity of the Kizashi to perform such a task goes to show the car has the right chassis and build quality to be a solid performer in the medium-size sportcar market.
Read: Suzuki Kizashi Review.