We turn Suzuki’s new Celerio into a proper hot hatch

Powered by a tuned 1.4-liter turbocharged engine!
by Andrew Guerrero | Dec 9, 2021
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Whether we like it or not, the automotive industry is slowly moving toward electrification. Since this may be the last decade for pure internal combustion engines, we decided to make a modern hot hatch done the old school way: simple, lightweight, and front-wheel drive. First, we needed a little hatchback to modify. While scrolling through several potential A-segment city cars, we selected the all-new Suzuki Celerio.

The most important thing in a hot hatch for car enthusiasts is the car’s performance. We tossed out the 66hp 1.0-liter K10C engine of the stock Celerio and shoehorned a tuned version of the turbocharged 1.4-liter K14C Boosterjet engine. The new souped-up four-banger can put out around 168hp and 260Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a good ol’ six-speed manual transmission. Thanks to its 900kg curb weight, it should be able to accelerate from 0-100kph in under seven seconds.

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Our Celerio Hot Hatch retains the independent MacPherson strut and torsion beam suspension of the standard Celerio, but it’s been lowered and given a wider track. Its sports-tuned suspension gets unique springs, dampers, and stabilizer bars. For improved stopping power, it features disc brakes with red calipers on all corners. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/45 R17 tires.

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We gave the Celerio the full hot hatch styling makeover. The first thing you will notice is its low and wide stance. Our Celerio Hot Hatch measures 3,730mm x 1,732mm x 1,504mm, this makes it 35mm longer, 77mm wider, and 51mm lower than the standard Celerio.

Up front we gave it a more aggressive bumper design with a larger intake flanked by vertical air curtain openings that direct airflow around the tires. It comes with a front splitter for improved high-speed stability and cornering speeds. Moving to the sides, it gets wider front and rear wheel arches to contain the wider tracks and tires. At the back, it gets a new bumper with a diffuser and openings for the twin exhaust tips. It gets a roof-mounted spoiler for added downforce to the rear. Inside, it gets aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering, a short-throw shifter, and sports seats with side bolsters.

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We’ve given our Celerio Hot Hatch the “Sport R” variant name. How much would we price it? Somewhere in the neighborhood of P1,000,000—not bad for a car with Mini Cooper S-level performance.

Would you consider the Celerio Sport R if Suzuki built it? Please let us know in the comments.

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