Quezon SR-2 - Ang Pagbabalik
As the 2000s began, the newly-revived Quezon Motors and its 60-man team would begin work on “a very simple sportscar”. Utilizing many parts and that would be easy to get a hold of, and be machined out of.
What came out of the single year spent engineering this robust roadster was unlike anything the world had seen before; sleek, stylish and quick, this roadster would capture the hearts of not only the Filipino youth, but youth around the world.
The long-awaited successor to the SuperCab and the SR. Quezon’s first model since 1989. The halo car before the halo car.
The Quezon SR-2.
The Quezon SR-2 is a 2-seat roadster sold by Quezon Motors from 2002 to 2008. The SR-2 would be Quezon’s first model since its bankruptcy in 1989.
The SR-2 utilized a fibreglass shell and an aluminium monocoque, which may sound complicated, but it was all rather simple, as 40% of its internal parts were actually carried over from the SR.
Parts such as the suspension assemblies, the aluminium tub chassis, and other minor parts were all adapted from the SR, which greatly reduced engineering costs and saved development time.
Despite this, the car’s development took them over a year, with thousands of man hours spent perfecting the fibreglass shell and ensuring that all bodypanels would fit properly.
The resulting chassis would weigh a little over 700kg without the engine, owing to a total weight of 833kg.
Powering the SR-2 would be a naturally-aspirated 1162cc 4-cylinder engine from the Honda Blackbird superbike. It could rev to over 10,000RPM and had a maximum horsepower output of over 150HP. The engine was mounted transversally and was connected to the front wheels via a 6-speed transmission carried over from the Blackbird. This helped launch the car from 0-100km/h in less than 6.5 seconds.
The SR-2 could arguably be considered as a proper “driver’s car”. As it came with no anti-lock brakes, nor any form of traction control system, and Hydraulic power steering which gave more driver feedback than an equivalent electric power steering setup. This meant that there was little in the way of assists that would disturb the connection between the driver, the car, and the road.
The suspension for the SR-2 was carefully tuned to give it a more “oversteery” feel similar to that of a rear-wheel-drive car.
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Special editions and variants
(2003-2006) 1.3 R-Turbo
The R-Turbo edition featured a 1.3L turbocharged Suzuki M13 engine that made over 204hp and featured a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration times were now a whole lot quicker, with the dash to 100km/h from 0 taking just under 4.8 seconds.
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The exterior recieved some tweaks as well, with a blacked out front air dam and larger side vents.
Due to the weight of the all-wheel-drive system, the car’s weight had now increased to 985kg.
Originally, 2500 units were planned to be sold from 2003-2005, but high demand for this special WRC-inspired model pushed Quezon to sell another 1500 from 2006-2007.
In 2005, Quezon had entered the WRC with a special variant of the SR-2.
Featuring an 300hp turbocharged 1999cc inline-4 engine developed in-house, this peppy engine would help in the development of future Quezon engines.
Because of the fact that the SR-2 was incredibly lightweight, for the WRC edition the car had to be filled with ballast to try and reach the minimum 1230kg weight limit.
The SR-2 would go on sale in mid 2002 in the Philippines for ₱1,100,000. (₱2,000,000 or $40,000 adjusted for inflation.) It would enter the International market in 2004, first selling in the USA and later reaching Europe.
The R-Turbo went on sale in the Philippines and in the USA and UK in 2003, 2005 and 2006 respectively for $36,500. ($45,000 adjusted for inflation.)