Rate It: Suzuki’s Factory-Built, Hayabusa-Powered Roadster

By Colin Wood
Jul 24, 2020 | Suzuki, hayabusa

Photograph Courtesy Suzuki

Swapping Hayabusa motorcycle engines into small, lightweight cars is one way to turn the fun dial up to 11.

It's a shame, you might say, that Suzuki never made a Hayabusa-powered sports car straight from the factory. Well, they actually kind of did.

Meet the Suzuki GSX-R/4, a one-off concept that debuted back in 2001. Power comes from Suzuki's own GSX-1300R.

Said to weigh only 1410 pounds, the concept was reported to be able to reach a top speed of 181 mph.

Do vehicles like the Polaris Slingshot and the KTM X-BOW show that, perhaps, the world would have welcome a production-ready GSX-R/4?

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SavageHunter11 New Reader
7/24/20 2:35 p.m.

Building a Formula 1,2,3-ish style chassis for one of these motors right now. Why more people haven't used this motor in home build projects, I will never know. 

NickD UltimaDork
7/24/20 2:46 p.m.

Concept is cool. Execution is fugly.

Appleseed MegaDork
7/24/20 4:54 p.m.

Am I the only guy that thinks it looks like a race car bed?

chandler PowerDork
7/24/20 5:18 p.m.
Appleseed said:

Am I the only guy that thinks it looks like a race car bed?

You were, now you are not.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
7/24/20 5:49 p.m.

Like the wheels.  Execution otherwise not very nice to look at. 

calteg Dork
7/24/20 5:57 p.m.

In reply to SavageHunter11 :

Not having reverse is a bit of a boner killer. 

T.J. MegaDork
7/24/20 6:41 p.m.

Are sure Audi didn't build this? It looks like a TT without a windshield.

fanfoy SuperDork
7/24/20 9:55 p.m.

I love it in GT6...and I for one, don't find it that ugly.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/24/20 11:49 p.m.
chandler said:
Appleseed said:

Am I the only guy that thinks it looks like a race car bed?

You were, now you are not.

Yup, can't unsee that.

pirate HalfDork
7/25/20 9:17 a.m.

From looking at the picture hard to tell which is the front and which is the back. Only way to tell is from the head rest/airfoils.

dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/25/20 9:25 a.m.

On a 1-10. Maybe a 2 in the looks department?  And that is only because experience has taught me that just when you think it can not get any worse it does. 

buzzboy Dork
7/25/20 9:59 a.m.

I like it in a cyberpunk dystopian future kinda way.

7/25/20 1:05 p.m.

......... and of course Radical saw the goodness of the Suzuki 1300, crafted its own sump / crankshaft, and made a compact hi-revving V8 from marrying tw0 I4s together.       KS

300zxfreak Reader
7/27/20 4:09 p.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

My mother called and wants her muffin tins back.

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