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 |  Oct 14 2010, 9:24 AM

With the launch of the all-new Swift in other markets, we’ve heard rumors that Suzuki will eventually bring the small hatchback back to North America, and if this concept makes it to production, we’ll really be crossing our fingers.

Revealed well ahead of its planned official debut at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show, the Suzuki Swift R Concept takes inspiration from (where else) the GSX-R bikes. It sports an aggressive body kit, big fender flares and some larger and wider tires. To go along with there there’s a custom suspension.

No official engine specs have been released, but the Swift R is expected to be powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder making around 180-hp. Better yet, this little front-driver hot-hatch is also expected to get a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission – just one of the many ways Suzuki is benefiting from it’s tie-up with Volkswagen.

We’ll be sure to bring you more on this hot-hatch when we get it, but with the Beijing Auto Show not until April of next year, we’ll be waiting a while.

 |  Sep 19 2010, 8:27 AM

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Road Race Motorsports (RRM) has just announced that it is offering a ton of accessories for the Suzuki Kizashi, transforming it from a mundane commuter car to a  brilliant performance sedan that actually looks pretty good. And for those already rolling their eyes about it being a Suzuki, RRM is throwing down 300-hp (as opposed to the factory’s boring 185-hp) and the car actually doesn’t look bad.

RRM claims that there has already been huge interest in the modified Kizashi worldwide, and that their packages will be available in select dealers worldwide. You can also purchase the vehicle complete as you see it, though that will be in limited quantities and in probably less dealers than the packages.

But for those currently rocking a Kizashi and looking to spice it up, RRM has a base performance package that helps put out over 200-hp, or the turbocharged version that ushers in 300-hp. Suspension packages will be available in three different setups and our guess is that stage 1 will be lowering springs with stage 2 and 3 being coilovers with varying spring rates and adjustability in addition to swaybars and chassis braces.

For aesthetics, RRM will offer two or three dress up packages. The wheels are available in 18- or 19-inch sizes, with the offsets cast specifically for the Kizashi platform.

GALLERY: Road Race Motorsports Platinum Edition Suzuki Kizashi

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Official press release available after the break.

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 |  May 03 2010, 1:36 PM

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When it comes to modified imports, Suzuki isn’t the first name that pops into your head. But Road Race Motorsports, a California based Suzuki tuner, decided that the Kizashi was due for some upgrades, and the end result is a car that has transitioned from mild-mannered sports sedan into something entirely different.

Road Race Motorsports’ turbo kit is a comprehensive package featuring a 16G turbocharger, intercooler, water cooling spray and other necessary hardware. The package takes the Kizashi from a stock 185 horsepower up to 290 horsepower, putting the 2.4L four-cylinder in the same league as most rival’s six-cylinder engines.

The car made its premiere this past weekend on Speed Channel’s “Test Drive” program with host Tommy Kendall. See a clip of that show plus the official press release after the jump:

GALLERY: Suzuki Kizashi Turbo Concept

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  Oct 29 2009, 12:30 PM

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Suzuki is hoping to drum up interest in its new Kizashi mid-sized sedan with a quartet of customized versions that will be officially unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas next week. Suzuki has already released some info on three of the cars built by different tuner shops, while a fourth car, built by the folks at Import Tuner Magazine, will be kept secret until the show.

First up is the Road Race Motorsports Kizashi (pictured above). With a complete aerodynamic kit, a new front grille and vented hood, Road Race gives the mid-sized sedan more track appeal. And helping the car’s performance to live up to its looks are a set of Progress Technology springs and sway bars and Rotora brakes. Performance modifications are kept to a minimum, but Road Race did include a dual exhaust system as well as a new air intake and a reprogrammed ECU.

The lighting experts at Delta Tech also took a stab at the Kizashi, outfitting it with LED and HID lights. The car also has an RK Sport aero kit, a new cold air intake and exhaust system, a well as Koni coilovers.

Looking like an extra from a crash scene in the first Fast & Furious movie (from before or after the crash?) is the Westside Group’s Kizashi Soliel. With “soliel” being the French word for the sun, we do see the relevance, as both hurt your eyes when you stare at them.The car gets a notably extreme aero kit, with a massive rear spoiler and exhaust pipes that are integrated into the bumper. In a nod to Suzuki’s impressive motorcycle building, the Westside guys did use a custom Yoshimura exhaust setup.

In addition to these three Kizashis, Suzuki also shipped one of its new Equator pickups to the folks at ICON Vehicle Dynamics. They slapped on a set of long tube headers and a cat back exhaust for added power from the 4.0-liter V6, while ICON tossed on its own coilover suspension, Total Chaos upper control arms and 2.5-inch shocks for some added off-road capability. The truck was then outfitted with Bushwacker fender flares and a set of Goodyear Wrangler MTR tires on some Trail Ready wheels.

Suzuki won’t have an official presence at this year’s SEMA Show, so the collection of five Suzuki vehicles will be displayed throughout the venue.

See AutoGuide’s live SEMA Coverage here!

GALLERY: Road Race Motorsports Kizashi

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GALLERY: Delta Tech Kizashi

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GALLERY: Westside Group Kizashi

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GALLERY: ICON Equator

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More on all of the 2009 SEMA Show Suzukis after the jump:

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