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Suzuki Introduces Bonneville Kizashi

The North American division of Suzuki has just revealed details on a special edition Kizashi model, which will compete in the Blown Gas Coupe category at Bonneville on August 14. According to the manufacturer, the Bonneville Kizashi began with a pre-production Kizashi prototype.

Construction of the Kizashi racer began in May, when the Holdener/Habrzyk team installed the SCTA-approved roll cage, an aluminum bulkhead in the rear, racing seat, seat harnesses and window net.

Performance wise, the Bonneville Kizashi benefits from a new intake manifold, a tuned 'long tube' header and forged rods and pistons. The car received a Turbonetics turbocharger, a new 3.5-inch exhaust and full synthetic 5W-20 racing oil from Lucas Oil.

Moreover, the spare motor was disassembled to confirm the stock measurements, while the cylinder head was flowed and ported. Its output also demanded a new ACT Clutch and Pressure Plate.

“The Kizashi platform – and its Nurburgring heritage – is morphed into a salt-specific recipe with new coilovers, steel wheels seam welded, and speed-specific 15x7-inch Goodyear Front Runner rubber. An air dam keeps the Kizashi's nose planted, window straps and hood pins ensure the hood and glass stay in place, and a parachute can bring the high speed show to an emergency stop,”
a company statement reads.

“Finally, a dual fire system provides the extra assurance so important for Mitani, with some 900 boosted horses but only a few feet in front of his now high-speed capsule.”

If everything goes as planned when the special edition Kizashi takes a salty bite at Bonneville, the SCTA will have two new members among its 200 mph (322 km/h) rank.
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