When people think of Suzuki, they usually imagine small and cheerful cars like Swift and Jimny. kei Cars like the Alto, Hustler and Wagon R7 But the Japanese compact car expert has a wild streak that occasionally finds itself on Swift Sport and the Cappuccino Roadstar – and lest we forget, the name is synonymous with superbikes like the GSX. -R1000 and Holy Hayabusa.
The latter is of particular importance here as Suzuki has removed the engine from the legendary motorcycle – certifying it as the fastest in the world when released in 1999 – in a lightweight two-seater distiller. The Vision Gran Turismo, as it is called, dates back to the mid-engine GSX-R / 4 concept from 2001, which also used a Hayabusa mill.
At VGT, the 1,340 cc four-cylinder – which produces 190 PS at 9,700 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm – the new 2022 Hayabusa has been rolled forward, rear-wheel drive. That’s enough to fly a 264kg two-wheeler, but the car has heavier eyesight than that.
Fortunately, the four-container comes in the form of three electric motors – one for the rear, two for the front to provide all-wheel drive. Total system output swells to 435 PS, but the big advantage of all this is the torque, which has been raised to a respectable 610 Nm. Suzuki says the VGT uses the company’s “state-of-the-art” weight loss technology, so despite carrying four “engines” – and possibly a large enough battery to support them – the car weighs only 970 kg.
On the outside, the VGT is obviously inspired by the latest Swift Sport but takes the language of that car’s design to the extreme. Highlights include an elongated triangular headlight, a huge hexagonal grille, hollow corner air inlets, florid wheel arches, long vertical taillights and a huge rear diffuser housing twin central tailpipe.
The SSS hatch and straight glasshouse are replaced by a cut-down wrapped windscreen, a long rear deck, silver roll hoops and a central dorsal fin. The optional 17-inch two-tone alloy super-size versions of the Swift Sport fill the wheel wells, while the sculpted flanks have cut-down doors that make it a bit harder to get in and out. Hey, at least you don’t have a roof over your head, do you?
Enter the cabin and you’ll find a cabin that’s as minimal as their arrival, with only a yoke-style steering wheel (with danger lights and start buttons on top) and two silver spars that create a cockpit-like atmosphere. The ‘wheel’ has two displays on either side that show feeds from a thin side-view camera, next to a transparent instrument readout.
There’s just bad news, and many of you already know where it’s going. VGT does not actually exist in real life – as the name implies, it is a concept that has been specially created Grand Touring 7. The car made its virtual debut in the racing game as part of Update 1.15 (which also added the Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hybrid Hypercar Racer) which was released yesterday.
However, you can feel some of that excitement for reality with 2022 Hayabusa. With the aerodynamically-optimized fairing, new engine mentioned above, six-speed close-ratio transmission, launch control and Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-?) With the novel Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) for your R1M. 200 in Malaysia
For the Swift Sport, the five-door warm hatch is available locally through the official channel, powered by a 140 hp / 230 Nm 1.4 liter turbocharged boosterjet four-pot. There’s no manual gearbox option, however – just a six-speed automatic – and it’s fairly expensive to boot at RM139,900.
Gallery: 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport in Malaysia