2009 Suzuki SX4: Owner's Club Meeting at Suzuki HQ
September 13, 2009
Last week we got word that the online Suzuki SX4 club, SX4club.com, was having a first-ever meet at Suzuki's U.S. headquarters in Brea, California.
Since Suzuki HQ is located about 5 miles from my house, I figured I'd drop in with our 2009 Suzuki SX4 long term car and see if any of the club regulars noticed my party crashing.
About two dozen vehicles participated. Many were locals from So Cal, but several had come a few hundred miles from places like San Francisco, Nevada and Arizona.
As an online club, everyone more or less knew each other already. But many had never met face-to-face, so it took awhile for the participants to connect faces to cars to online usernames.
Our unmodifed i-AWD SX4 and its automatic transmission was in the minority. Nearly every club member's SX4 was modified in one way or another, and more than half were 5-speed manuals.
Some were lowered and had other bolt-on mods like drilled and slotted brake rotors.
A couple went for the rally look, with squared-off knobby tires. Another had a suspension lift kit consisting of spring spacers.
Carbon fiber was well represented in the form of hoods...
...even a grille insert, all available from an outfit called CarbonTrix.
Two of the SX4s in attendance were outfitted with a new Road Race Motorsports turbo kit that one owner said made just over 200 horsepower at the wheels on 10 psi of boost. That's over 60 horsepower more than our stock 2009 SX4 makes.
All in all, this first-time event attracted an enthusiastic and friendly bunch that really loved their Suzukis. It looks like the SX4club folks plan on doing it again next year, only bigger and better.
If this event was any indication, I'm pretty sure that party-crashing noobs will always be welcome.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,831 miles