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Suzuki SX Force
By Larry Edsall

Suzuki gives a car a motorcycle-inspired makeover
What do you get when you cross a car and a motorcycle? You may get something like the Suzuki SXForce, another in the Japanese vehicle-maker's LIVE series of show cars designed to enhance the lifestyles of enthusiasts, adventurers and "thrill-seekers."

Previous vehicles in the LIVE series have included Suzuki modified for camping, surfing, and one that became its own drive-in theater. The SXForce draws on Suzuki's long history as a motorcycle manufacturer.

Working with Road Race Motorsports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Suzuki started with its 2008 SX4 Sport and installed rearview mirrors and dual exhaust from the Suzuki GSX-R1000 racing bike. Bodywork alterations include racing-style front gills and rear diffuser, a Carbontrix rear wing and special Flash Pearl White paint with sport bike-inspired Orange Metallic accents.

The car's interior was redone in suede and leather to mimic sport bike leathers. The instrument cluster looks like it came off a sport bike, and the steering wheel was replaced by handlebars from the famed Suzuki Hayabusa. Mounted on those handlebars is a Zeitronix ZT-2 gauge so the driver can monitor all engine functions through the Zietronix wideband data logger.

Interior modifications include an integrated Garmin navigation system and removal of the rear seat to make room for a high-output Rockford-Fosgate audio system.

This car was built for show and go: Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been breathed on by Road Race Motorsports and, thanks to turbocharing and a roof-mounted air intake system, it pumps out 250 horsepower.

To keep that power under control, the SXForce gets Tien coil-over and fully adjustable – ride height and dampening – suspension as well as six-piston Rotara brake calipers with two-piece, 14-inch rotors mounted inside 18-inch Enkei Racing wheels. Tires are Toyo T1-Rs, 225/35 up front and 235/40 in the rear.

While your car may not be ready for the full sport bike treatment, Suzuki does offer a variety of performance parts, including cat-back exhaust, cold air intake, sport suspension, wheels, rear spoiler, hood mask, carbon dash trim, billet aluminum pedals and more. See www.suzukiauto.com for details.

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