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New Suzuki Alto Works micro machine debuts at Tokyo show

October 29, 2015

Suzuki has launched a reprisal of one its most well-known giant-killers – to Japanese car enthusiasts and Gran Turismo players anyway – the new Alto Works micro hot hatch.

2016 Suzuki Alto Works

Based on the new Alto, the latest Works edition may have a paltry 38kW, but it is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox promising an “enjoyably direct shift feel”. Suzuki also says that the engine “delivers higher maximum torque together with acceleration that gives the driver a more direct sense of response” from the accelerator pedal.

With black wheels up against the gunmetal grey paint finish, the Alto Works has some street cred. It also features some retro touches, such as the triple grille opening and an upward kick in the glasshouse. There’s also Recaro seats for the front passengers.

Introduced in 1984, the Alto Works was a sporty version of the Alto micro car, which as been sold in Australia at times. Usually featuring two-tone bodywork and side skirts, the Alto Works has been available in turbo and all-wheel drive variants over the years as well.

A hotter Turbo RS version was shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. The Turbo RS featured an even more sinister front end treatment than the Works, with red 17-inch OZ wheels as well as side stripes and decals.

2016 Suzuki Alto Works-rear

Suzuki has no imminent plans to bring the Worls to Australia. The smallest vehicle sold by the Japanese manufacturer here is the Celerio, with the next-generation Baleno and Ignis both outside possibilities to hit our shores.

Note: Images courtesy of IndianAutosBlog.com

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.