The idea of something fast, fun and frugal still exists in 2024..

Courtesy of the Suzuki Alto Works; with its manual transmission, factory-fitted Recaro seats and turbocharged engine

The Suzuki Alto Works is a turbocharged performance kei hatchback that’s now been sold in Japan for over 40-years.

It’s no wonder the Suzuki Alto nameplate has become synonymous with compact and lightweight fun. Dubbed Alto Works ‘ha36s’ – and still sold new in the Motherland – this current-generation Suzuki weighs just 720kg and is powered by a 660cc turbocharged triple with 47kW/100Nm.

Consider its power-to-weight ratio first, then think aboutthe inherent goodness that comes with light cars. The resulting package is incredibly fun to drive and will undoubtedly make you smile.

And, at 3.39-metres wide by 1.47-metres long, you’ll still fit four adults comfortably in a Suzuki Alto Works. We managed to fit two baby seats in the back – check out the interior gallery for proof!

If you’re looking for an affordable compact performance car with a bit of bite – you’ve come to the right place.

The car pictured – 2015 Suzuki Alto Works HA36S

Our Suzuki Alto Works was built in December 2015 and is a ‘Works’ trim level

That means it’s powered by a steadfast ‘R06A’ turbocharged engine with 47kW/100Nm. This example features a five-speed manual transmission.

Standard gear includes Recaro bucket seats, smart key entry and start, full LED automatic headlights, traction control, climate control air con and a Japanese double-din stereo.

Quick facts

  • 2015 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo
  • 46,300km
  • P-Plate legal
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Factory-fitted Recaro seats
  • Factory equipment: Full automatic LED headlights, smart key entry and start, red brake calipers, climate control, three cup holders, plentiful cabin storage
  • 720kg kerb weight
  • 660cc Suzuki ‘R06A’ turbo engine / front-engine / front-wheel drive
  • Price includes three-months NSW registration
  • Price includes federal SEVS compliance making the car registrable in any state or territory in Australia
  • Price includes a NSW roadworthy
You don't need to go fast to have fun, and there's something great about driving a light and little car at 8/10ths where the speeds won't put you in jail.

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