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To most rally watchers, Suzuki building a car for the World Rally Championship is like Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san throwing down with the US National Karate Team. Nonetheless, the company is planning an all-wheel-drive rally car based on the SX4 compact hatch. It'll have a de rigeur 2.0-liter turbocharged mill, producing around 201 horsepower, and may influence plans to produce a road-going rival to the WRXs and Evos of the world. The decision to build a showroom version likely rides on the quantity of Subaru and Mitsubishi (and Citroen) ass the rally car kicks during the 2008 WRC season. Can a small hatch even do the crane stance?

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