Following its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki has started taking orders in Japan for the Alto Works.

Following its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki has started taking orders in Japan for the Alto Works.

Based on the Alto Turbo RS, the new Alto Works is Suzuki’s way of saying we don’t need a big engine with immense power to have fun. This is a kei car, so it packs a turbocharged inline-three 660cc engine which in this application generates just 64 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. That doesn’t sound very impressive, but we are dealing with a very light car that can be had with a front-wheel drive layout or an optional AWD setup.

While the aforementioned Alto Turbo RS only comes with a five-speed automatic transmission, the Alto Works can also be had with a standard five-speed short-throw manual that makes it more fun to drive. The engine is a bit more powerful in this new model and benefits from an improved throttle response, while the steering is now more precise after being recalibrated.

Other changes include bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, tweaked suspension with KYB shocks, and a sportier body kit to make it look meaner. It has also gained red front brake calipers, chrome headlight bezels, Recaro front seats, red interior accents, steel pedal set, and other minor tweaks.

Suzuki is selling the Alto Works exclusively at home in Japan at an equivalent starting price of around $12,500.

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