Suzuki Alto Turbo RS

Suzuki Alto Turbo RS Review: “A sports car you can communicate with” by Tomoko Fujishima

Recently, with its favorable reputation, the Alto’s targeted image regarding its fuel consumption has been completely established. However, the eighth generation model was equipped with a turbo engine, and many of my fellows are excited about it because it seems like a revival of the second generation model.

However, it does not take the name Works this time; instead, it was named Turbo RS. The Alto Turbo RS is not like the Works, a car with “extreme speed”, rather, it was reborn as a sporty model that can respond fairly well, from easy driving up to real sports driving. Its swift sporty maneuverability has been polished as time passed.

A 5-speed auto gear shift (AGS) single clutch transmission that can operate with two pedals is mated with a 660cc VVT turbo engine intake. In this car, the shifting gears automatically operate, if you like to drive manually, for instance. You can also enjoy a sporty driving in manual transmission. Drivers with license exclusive for automatic transmission can also drive this car.

The AGS equipped in the Turbo RS conducts a tuning exclusive for RS, and if you operate the paddle in manual mode, its shifting gear will perform a quick response. Albeit its increased body rigidity added with spot welding and reinforced parts, the weight of the car in an FF model is only 670kg. While effectively raising its rigidity by increasing its minimum weight, it shows light maneuverability of the footwork by clearing the curve in sequence with flexible steps.

When the winding is properly circulated in pace, it vividly shows the high control that changes its posture. Even in situations where the condition of the road surface changes, for example, undulation, the tires can firmly acquire stability that seizes the road surface as long as it does not run fast.

The rhythm of the AGS shifting gears is peculiar and its front and rear parts become jolted if it is not matched with the rhythm of shift timing and accelerating operations. However, through the driver’s cooperation with the rhythm, the sense of fulfillment in smoothly driving it becomes unbearably enjoyable, once you understand the car’s sentiments as you operate and estimate the timing in loosening the accelerator pedal while considering the car’s purpose.

Also, if we look at its operation, the handle is using a thin diameter and the feeling is set through its control. I can say that the Alto’s fascinating point is that it does not overextend, and it gives off a comfortable feeling, enabling you to relax wherever you go.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Tomoko Fujishima | Automotive Journalist

A car fanatic since her youth, she has been entering into one-make races since 2002. It doesn’t matter which genre, from normal cars to formula cars, she participates in various kinds of races. In 2007 she became the first female class champion at the Mazda Roadster Race. Currently she is spreading the joy of driving through contributions to auto magazines, print media, TV, and web. With perspectives as someone who loves driving and as a woman she supports car life from all fronts. Her criteria for COTY focuses on how much a vehicle can improve everyday life.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)