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    Suzuki Zuk Concept

    Suzuki sportbike-inspired Zuk concept offers ultimate street performance

    Last year, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) launched the “Suzuki LIVE Series” (LIFE VEHICLES) – a line of brand-dedicated concept vehicles specially designed for life enthusiasts, adventurers and thrill-seekers. In concert with its “Way of Life” brand mantra, which promises products for consumers’ active lifestyles, and to support the launch of the all-new XL7 and SX4, ASMC introduces four all-new “Suzuki LIVE Series” vehicles in model year 2007, illustrating how its cars and SUVs play an integral part of consumers’ lifestyles. The vehicles coined BaseCamp for outdoor enthusiasts; Flix for film and entertainment buffs; Zuk for motorcycle aficionados; and SXBox for avid gamers; will be on display at various auto shows and lifestyle events around the country.

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    Inspired by Suzuki’s world-renowned, championship-winning sportbikes, and derived from the new SX4 sport X-over, the Zuk concept offers solid functionality both on the road and the track. Built by Road Race Motorsports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., the sporty Zuk is powered by a 300-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine with alcohol injection system, matched to a five-speed manual transmission.
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    Designed for ultimate street performance, the stunning SX4 concept features a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, excellent stability and crisp handling characteristics. The Zuk features Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX-R-inspired bodywork, ground effects, mirrors, spoiler and exhaust, all wrapped in blue metallic paint and carbon fiber. Framing accent lights highlight the Zuk’s motorcycle-themed structure and cage, while strategically placed openings reveal the vehicle’s powertrain, wheels, tires and chassis details. The fully drivable and track-tested Zuk is equipped with a fully tuned performance suspension system, 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tires.

    The motorcycle-inspired design continues inside the Zuk, revealing a functional, modern sportbike-styled space frame and roll cage. Cove lighting further accentuates the superbike-inspired structural frame and draws attention to the GSX-R-inspired instrument cluster. Minimalist racing seats with charcoal and carbon fiber interior trim and touch points provide interior comfort and complement the Zuk’s optimal driving experience. Other race-inspired interior appointments include center switches and gauge set – evocative of Suzuki racing heritage – and machined aluminum driver and navigator foot platforms cantilevered for an exciting motorcycle feel.

    After its debut at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, the SX4 concept will hit the auto show circuit, with stops planned in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Kansas City, Mo.
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    I like that a lot looks awesome!

    And- finally- a hot hatch that has AWD instead of FWD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    I like that a lot looks awesome!

    And- finally- a hot hatch that has AWD instead of FWD...
    Wow, too bad it's so light that in crosswinds it would blow over.

    But yeah, it should be quite quick on a track, and embarrass or keep up with a couple of sports sedans (STI and Evolution are in mind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    I like that a lot looks awesome!

    And- finally- a hot hatch that has AWD instead of FWD...
    Lancia Delta HF Integrale, Audi S3 Quattro, Volkswagen R32,...?

    And in my opinion it looks hideous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer
    Lancia Delta HF Integrale, Audi S3 Quattro, Volkswagen R32,...?

    And in my opinion it looks hideous.
    Now list me all the FWD hot hatches

    Let's start with Honda Civic Type-R, Vauxhall Astra VXR, SEAT Léon Cupra (R and 20v), Peugeot 205 GTi...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    Now list me all the FWD hot hatches

    Let's start with Honda Civic Type-R, Vauxhall Astra VXR, SEAT Léon Cupra (R and 20v), Peugeot 205 GTi...
    There are also rear driven hot hatches like the Vauxhall Chevette HS and the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, and more recently the Renault Clio V6 and the BMW 130i...

    (Oh and there are more 4WD hatches than the ones I mentioned...)
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    Is the Clio V-6 (the mid engined crazy one) discontinued? How come I see that only the FWD ones seem to be coming out and no update for that V-6 one?

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    wow...that's pretty crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSXType-R
    Is the Clio V-6 (the mid engined crazy one) discontinued? How come I see that only the FWD ones seem to be coming out and no update for that V-6 one?
    Yes the mid engined V6 Clio is over. Apparently they think that the 200bhp front wheel drive regaular hot hatch is enough for now...

    They don't know how wrong they are...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer
    There are also rear driven hot hatches like the Vauxhall Chevette HS and the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, and more recently the Renault Clio V6 and the BMW 130i...

    (Oh and there are more 4WD hatches than the ones I mentioned...)
    *sighs*

    Hang on.

    - Every generation of VW Golf GTi, and the new GT
    - Peugeot 306 GTi-6, Rallye, and S16
    - Peugeot 106 GTi & Rallye
    - Peugeot 206 GTi & GTi 180
    - Renault Clio Williams, 1.7 16v, 172, 182, 197, Cup, etc...
    - Citroën Xsara VTS
    - Vauxhall Astra GTE
    - Vauxhall Nova GTE
    - Honda Civic VTi
    - Mini Cooper S...
    - Ford Escort RS2000 (the 1990s one...)
    - Nissan Almera GTi
    - Renault 5 GT Turbo

    There are more, but I am ill... so I'll be back later!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    *sighs*

    Hang on.

    - Every generation of VW Golf GTi, and the new GT
    - Peugeot 306 GTi-6, Rallye, and S16
    - Peugeot 106 GTi & Rallye
    - Peugeot 206 GTi & GTi 180
    - Renault Clio Williams, 1.7 16v, 172, 182, 197, Cup, etc...
    - Citroën Xsara VTS
    - Vauxhall Astra GTE
    - Vauxhall Nova GTE
    - Honda Civic VTi
    - Mini Cooper S...
    - Ford Escort RS2000 (the 1990s one...)
    - Nissan Almera GTi
    - Renault 5 GT Turbo

    There are more, but I am ill... so I'll be back later!
    Alright now it's my turn (including RWD and 4WD)...

    -Lancia Delta HF 4WD
    -Lancia Delta HF Integrale (all variants)
    -Lancia Hyena HF
    -Lancia Delta S4 Stradale
    -Volkswagen Golf V6 4Motion Mk IV
    -Volkswagen Golf R32 Mk IV and Mk V
    -Volkswagen Golf Rallye
    -Volkswagen Golf G60 Limited
    -Audi S3 Mk I and Mk II
    -Audi A3 3.2 Quattro
    -Peugeot 205 T16 Stradale
    -MG Metro 6R4
    -Ford Escort RS Cosworth
    -Ford Escort RS 2000 4x4
    -Mitsubishi Colt GTI Turbo 4WD
    -Nissan Sunny GTI-R
    -Mazda 323 Turbo
    -Mazda 323 GT-X and GT-R
    -Seat Leon Cupra 4
    -BMW 323ti Compact E36
    -BMW 325ti Compact E46
    -BMW 130i
    -Vauxhall Chevette HS and HSR
    -Mercedes-Benz C350 SC
    -Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
    -Renault Clio V6
    -Alfa Romeo 33 Q Permanent 1.7 16v


    It's not bad, is it?
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    My list would be longer if I listed them all out like that!

    Add Citroën BX Turbo to mine, too. And the Toyota Starlet 1.3 Turbo. Might as well put the Mitsubishi Colt CZ, Ford Fiesta XR2i and Fiesta ST in there too. Possibly the... oh pah. Later. I should sleep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWantAnAudiRS6
    My list would be longer if I listed them all out like that!

    Add Citroën BX Turbo to mine, too. And the Toyota Starlet 1.3 Turbo. Might as well put the Mitsubishi Colt CZ, Ford Fiesta XR2i and Fiesta ST in there too. Possibly the... oh pah. Later. I should sleep!
    Oh the BX is in? Then I'll have the BX 4TC and I think they made a four wheel drive version of the BX GTI too.

    I know there are more front driven hot hatches than four and rear wheel drive combined, but this Suzuki isn't the first...

    I should go to sleep too, or tomorrow I'll die...
    Lack of charisma can be fatal.
    Visca Catalunya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer
    Oh the BX is in? Then I'll have the BX 4TC and I think they made a four wheel drive version of the BX GTI too.

    I know there are more front driven hot hatches than four and rear wheel drive combined, but this Suzuki isn't the first...

    I should go to sleep too, or tomorrow I'll die...
    Does that mean I get the Mondeo ST24, ST200 and ST220 as well?

    Yes... you've shown me some I didn't know about. I'll have a look on eBay- I'm up for cheap finds at the moment!

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