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The Suzuki Recursion could make its way into production

Apr 14, 2015

The turbocharged Suzuki Recursion Concept made a big splash at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, made only more relevant by Kawasaki's supercharged Ninja H2. 

The Recursion was said to make 100 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 74 foot-pounds of torque at 4,500 rpm from its 588 cc parallel twin, turbocharged engine. For comparison's sake, the current GSX-R600 makes a claimed 103 horsepower at 13,550 rpm and 43.61 foot-pounds of torque at 11,140 rpm.

Suzuki Recursion Concept
The Suzuki Recursion Concept. Suzuki photo.

At its release, there was no talk about plans for a production model and the Recursion Concept was nothing more than just that: a concept. Then, on March 26, Suzuki filed a patent application with some very interesting mockups. The biggest thing of note is that the headlight, which was originally a single, centrally mounted light, has now been split into two lights to provide room for a central intake that feeds an intercooler.

Concepts don't need to actually work, nor do their designs need to be refined.

Suzuki Recursion Concept
The Suzuki Recursion patent application drawings. Suzuki photo.

The patent itself states: “It is designed such that the intercooler cools the air supplied from the air feed pipe, and the cooled air is supplied to the throttle bodies of the #1 and #2 cylinders via a surge tank. Note that there is provided a supercharger (turbocharger) which is disposed in the middle of the air feed pipe, namely, in front of the engine, and compresses the sucked air.”

You can read about the differences between superchargers and turbochargers here.

This wouldn't be the first time Suzuki turned a concept into a production model — though dropping the supercharger from the B-King concept made for a pretty lackluster release. However, a turbocharger-less Recursion is basically just an SV650 without the V, so I don't think we're in much danger of Suzuki repeating that mistake twice.

Suzuki Recursion Project
The Suzuki Recursion Concept. Suzuki photo.

While the H2 has done a great job at creating buzz and selling units (so much so that they've opened up a second round of pre-orders), it's this Recursion that really has my interest, given its more streetable nature.

Please Suzuki — don't blow it.