autoevolution
 

2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS Is Pocket Racer from Japan

Suzuki has just released a hot version of the Alto kei car in Japan, which we think looks really funky and cool. Called, the Alto Turbo RS, it offers all the benefits of a small car and a bit of excitement on top.
2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS 20 photos
Photo: Suzuki
2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS2015 Suzuki Alto Turbo RS
Available with both 2WD and 4WD, the Alto Turbo RS is not actually that powerful. The engine is a 3-cylinder DOHC with a displacement of 0.66cc, just like the kei car regulations dictate. The output is 64 hp and 95 Nm from 3,000 rpm. It's the standard output, buy Suzuki says a 20% reduction in turbo lag.

Unfortunately, you can't row gears like a racing driver. The only transmission available is a 5-speed AGS (auto gear shift), which is most likely an automated manual wit paddle shifters. Performance upgrades also include stiffer suspension, 13-inch front discs, bucket seats with integrated headrests and a revised steering system.

The little pocket rocket only weighs 670 kilograms or 720 kg in the case of the AWD model. That makes it about 30% lighter than a European A-segment car. And did we mention the Suzuki is tiny? From bumper to bumper, it measures 3,395 mm and its overall width of 1,475mm should make it maneuverable around busy Tokyo streets.

A number of cosmetic changes are there to let you know the Alto Turbo RS packs more punch. The headlights have been garnished in chrome trim, the power front bumper is red and so are the mirrors. 17-inch black alloys are fitted as standard with 165/55 R15 75V Bridgestone tires. Around the back, a red spoiler and extra stripes add curb appeal.

Orders have already begun being taken with prices starting at 1,293,840 yen ($10,640) for the front-wheel drive Turbo RS and 1,405,080 yen ($11,560) for the 4WD model.

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Mihnea Radu
Mihnea Radu profile photo

Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
Full profile

 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories