Suzuki Conquered the Peak
The legendary Pikes Peak run has wrapped up for another year with another victory for the Suzuki Team. They dropped the XL7 platform from last year for a “slightly” modified SX4 to take on the peak. The 873 horsepower machine was built on the base of an SX4 with a steel space frame, twin turbo H27A 2.7L V6 engine, 6-speed sequential gear box, AWD, and weighing in at 2469lbs. This car obviously doesn’t share much with the road going SX4, if anything, but it’s still a great win for the Suzuki Team with a crowded field.
They were facing two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Goronholm’s 800 horsepower Ford Fiesta and an 1150 horsepower Ford RS200. Also joining in was Rhys Millen, the drift champ, sporting the new Hyundai Genesis coupe and winning the 2WD class. The record time set by the Suzuki team’s Mr. Tajima for the hill climb is 10 minutes 1.408 seconds from 2007.
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