Friday, September 4, 2015

JDMouse: 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-X

The Suzuki Alto was a stripped down Kei car for Japanese city use, but the Works RS-X version added a turbocharger and all-wheel-drive to up the fun factor to 11.  This next Alto is a real traffic stopper and the car from behind the scenes of this week's What Am I?  Find this 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-X offered for $11,500 near Detroit, MI via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The second generation Alto was built from 1984 through 1988 for the Japanese market, but a version was badged in Europe as the Fronte, and they were later built in India (as the Maruti 800) and Pakistan as the Mehran-- in fact, you can still buy a brand new Suzuki Mehran in Pakistan today.  If you ever need spare parts they are just a quick plane flight away.

This Alto is no ordinary family beater, it has been souped up by the factory with a 550cc twin-cam 3-banger than is fuel injected, turbocharged, and intercooled to produce a mind warping 64 horsepower that gets put to the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox.

On the inside you'll notice the strange looking speedo/tach from this week's What Am I feature -- and yes, that tach does go up to 12,000 rpm....probably because the engine isn't what you'd expect to find an an automobile.  Fun fact of the day: Suzuki never made any engines with pushrods, because they went directly from 2-strokes to overhead cam engines, and sorta skipped the 4-stroke pushrod era of the 1950s/60s. 

See a cooler JDM minicar for less?


  1. I suppose that answers my question about gauge colors.

  2. That has to be the most massive boost gauge I've ever seen. Its diameter probably exceeds that of the rear brake drums!


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