New Suzuki Swift Sport revealed


New Suzuki Swift Sport revealed

The new Swift Sport from Suzuki weighs in at just 970 kilos, which is 80kg lighter than its predecessor and is 50mm longer than the regular Swift at 3,890mm.

Suzuki has shown off its Swift Sport warm hatch at the Frankfurt motor show overnight, announcing more power thanks to a turbocharged engine.

The Swift Sport is distinguished from the rest of the range by its shields, honeycomb grille, roof spoiler, dummy diffuser, two large exhaust outlets and 17-inch wheels.

The third-generation Swift Sport features a lower, wider stance, more aggressive styling, and a torque-to-weight ratio that propels it into genuine hot hatch territory.

Putting power through that 'box is the 1.4-litre boosted four-pot engine, though here it produces 103kW and 230Nm.

The new vehicle uses the latest "Heartect" platform that debuted with the mainstream Swift.

On the handling front, the Sport comes with bespoke sports suspension using Monroe front dampers with thicker stabiliser bars and Teflon seats, overall providing a 15 per cent increase in camber rigidity. The wheelbase and width have also increased by 20mm and 40mm respectively. Remember that the Swift is now offered only in five-doors.

Also featured in the new Swift Sport is a Bluetooth compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display unit with a 7-inch touchscreen and a SD Card 3D-map navigation. The chrome finished shift knob and alloy pedals complement the design. Depending on the configuration, the advanced safety features of the new Swift Sport introduce forward detection system, dual sensor brake support, lane departure warning, weaving alert function, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, Radar Brake Support, emergency stop signal, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring system, TECT impact-absorbing body, six SRS airbags and pedestrian injury mitigation body. Suzuki is not yet quoting acceleration figures but they are expected to be significantly improved over the outgoing Swift Sport.