Fun, frugal and compact is what the Suzuki Alto Works is all about

This one has a manual transmission, factory-fit Recaro seats and a turbocharged motor too!

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 it’s power-to-weight for a second; then factor in the inherent goodness that comes with lightweight cars. The resulting package is incredibly fun to drive – and will no-doubt 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 a compact car with a bit of bite – you’ve come to the right place.

The car pictured – 2016 Suzuki Alto Works HA36S

Our Suzuki Alto Works was built in June 2016 and is a ‘Turbo” trim level.

That means it’s powered by a steadfast ‘R06A’ 660cc three-cylinder turbocharged engine with 47kW/100Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

It was also factory-optioned with black Recaro seats. Standard gear includes smart key entry and start, full LED automatic headlights and a Japanese double-din stereo.

This example car was further enhanced with high-quality Japanese performance parts, including an R’s Racing Service ECU tune and adjustable coilover suspension plus a short shift kit from T-Cars Racing (Alto Works Specialists).

The ECU tune brings power up to a palatable level, and the short-shift kit adds greater precision to the transmission lever’s throw. The standard suspension has been retained and comes with the car.

Quick facts

  • 2016 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo
  • 75,098km
  • P Plate legal
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Factory optioned with Recaro seats
  • Factory equipment: Full automatic LED headlights, smart key entry and start, climate control, three cup holders, plentiful cabin storage
  • 720kg kerb weight
  • 660cc Suzuki ‘R06A’ turbo engine / front-engine / front-wheel drive
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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