Suzuki motorcycles are big sellers and well known in the marketplace, Suzuki cars, not so much. They have been trying to get a little motorcycle magic to rub off on their automotive line with TV ads where both appear side by side but at the SEMA show, this SXForce show car was on display where they figured if keeping the cars close to the motorcycles was good, mixing the parts and pieces was even better.
The car began as a Suzuki SX4, which I’m not really familiar with but they added things like exhaust pipes from the GSX-R, motorcycle gauges and the handlebars from a Hayabusa.
OK, it’s just a show car but I can imagine getting a few short circuits in my brain trying to drive a car with handlebars. They still have the usual foot controls so you would be twisting a non functional throttle and grabbing for a brake lever when you should be hitting the pedal. Plus, that would have to be really quick steering unless those bars just spin around like a regular steering wheel.
Completely wrong is the auto engine. You would think if they were going with a motorcycle theme and Hayabusa handlebars they would use the engine, too. Their show car has 250 horsepower, a well massaged turbo Busa could give them 400 horses or more. Car people, … go figure.
Link: Popular Mechanics