- The Suzuki Samurai is a US variant of the Suzuki Jimny off-road vehicle, which has been in production in one way or another since 1969. It was preceded by the HopeStar ON 360.
- In North America, the Suzuki Samurai (SJ-Series) was introduced in 1985 for the 1986 model year. It was priced at just $6200 and 47,000 were sold in its first year.
- An unfavorable 1988 review of the Samurai in Consumer Reports magazine said the vehicle was unsafe and prone to rollovers. This led to a controversial lawsuit (Suzuki v. Consumers Union).
- The Samurai was sold in Colombia and Venezuela as the Chevrolet Samurai, assembled in Bogotá, Colombia by General Motors Colmotores. The design has also been licensed by Mazda and Mitsubishi.
- The Samurai has also been licensed and sold as the Maruti Gypsy in Chile, Kenya and India. The version of the Gypsy with a 5-speed gearbox is called (drumroll please) the Gypsy King!
- The Suzuki Samurai holds the world record for the highest altitude (21,942 ft) reached by a four wheeled vehicle. The record was set in 2007 in Ojos del Salado, Chile.
- There are no words in the English language that are “perfect rhymes” for samurai. “End rhymes” include clarify, rarefy, terrify, verify.
- JC Whitney has 6085 auto parts for sale for the Suzuki Samurai.
- The most popular video on Youtube featuring a Suzuki Samurai shows an off road comparison between a Jeep Wrangler and a Suzuki Samurai. In it, the Samurai is able to go up a hill that the Wrangler cannot…the car’s owner then comes out of the car and simulates masturbation as a way of celebration and, one can only assume, to taunt the Jeep Wrangler owner/operator.
- The Suzuki Samurai has fun written all over it.
- Like the E-Double.. or the PMD
He drives a Corvette,
I drive a Samurai Suzuki
I’m a locksmith.. with the key to fame