It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a …couch? Indeed. Instead of rolling out a new Kizashi trim level or proclaiming the Swift is finally coming Stateside (we can only hope), Suzuki used its stage at the Chicago Auto Show to unveil a motorized davenport.
Look familiar? It should, provided you watched the “Kizashi Kicks” spot that recently aired during last week’s Super Bowl. The ad oddly placed the fictional Motorized Sofa against both the 2011 Kizashi and a 2011 Audi A4. Predictably, the commercial shows the Kizashi besting both rivals, although the voiceover notes the sofa “didn’t make it past the braking test.”
We’d love to report this three-seat uses Suzuki power -- a Hayabusa engine would be wild, but even the 67-cc single from the DR-Z70 kid’s bike would suffice. Sadly, power is instead provided by a Robin SP-170 lawnmower engine, which is manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries -- Subaru’s parent organization. Suzuki believes the sofa can deliver between 37 and 45 mpg, albeit we don’t know if that’s based upon city, highway, or living room-cycle testing. A single-disc hydraulic brake, mounted directly on the rear axle, is the source of the sofa’s abysmal stopping distances. On the plus side, a chrome-plated, foot-shaped accelerator and a table lamp are also thrown in for good measure.
Want to check out the tricked-out couch for yourself? The Chicago show opens to the public starting Friday, February 11, but you can always watch the wheeled sofa fend for itself in the video clip below.