Suzuki bringing three cars to SEMA

Suzuki will be bringing three cars to this year’s SEMA: two Kizashis and an Equator.

There will be a Delta Tech Kizashi and ICON Vehicle Dynamics Equator, as well as the Kizashi Bonneville Special. While we don’t know anything about the first two, the Bonneville Special is quite an interesting car.

Back in August, Motor Trend took a Kizashi, threw on a huge turbocharger as well as some other engine modifications, stripped out the interior, and gave it new coilovers, wheels, and tires. The resulting car is the Bonneville Special we just mentioned. It was taken to the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Sam Mitani piloted it to 203.720 mph, setting the new Land Speed Record for the Blown Gas Coupe Category.

We’ll be awaiting SEMA for more details on the other two cars.

Press Release


  • Record-breaking 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special, Delta Tech Kizashi and ICON Vehicle Dynamics Equator race into Sin City.
  • Suzuki SEMA Vehicle Locator: Kizashi Bonneville Special – Pavilion Walkway at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; Delta Tech Kizashi – SEMA booth #22912 Main Hall; ICON Vehicle Dynamics Equator – Outside

BREA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2010) – Fresh off an exciting summer that included an intercontinental journey from Tokyo to Los Angeles ( and a record-breaking run at Bonneville ( with its Kizashi sport sedan, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) arrives at the 2010 Specialty Equipment Market Association with an assortment of concept, modified production and specialty vehicles.

2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special

Piloting ASMC’s modified 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Bonneville Special, Road & Track’s Sam Mitani injected the Kizashi into the record books with his 203.720 mph run at this year’s Bonneville Speed Week, exceeding the previous record of 202.301 mph. The 203.720 mph record was achieved by calculating the average of a two-way pass at 8:40 a.m. MT on August 18, 2010.

Beginning with interior safety and instrument modifications, the Kizashi Bonneville Special underwent several refinements to make it salt-ready. Once the work was completed, the build team, Advanced Product Engineering’s Richard Holdener, Tom Habrzyk and Scott Bailey, installed an SCTA-approved roll cage, an aluminum bulkhead in the rear, racing seat, seat harnesses and window net. Next, it was time to take a look under the hood. The motor was disassembled to confirm the stock measurements, while the cylinder head was flowed and ported. The Kizashi Bonneville racer benefits from a new intake manifold, a tuned ‘long tube’ header and forged rods and pistons for high rpm endurance.

With up to 16 pounds of boost from a Turbonetics turbocharger, the Kizashi’s increased horsepower required air-to-water intercooling (and snow water/methanol injection) – while its increased output demands a new ACT clutch and pressure plate. A scattershield is added, the oil pan is welded for a new drain fitting and a new 3.5-inch exhaust is fabricated aft of the turbocharger. Additional protection for the high-boost, high-rpm turbo motor is provided by full synthetic 5W-20 racing oil from Lucas Oil.

The Kizashi platform is morphed into a salt-specific recipe with new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15×7-inch Goodyear Front Runner

Source: Suzuki

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