New Suzuki Swift Sport promises a cracking driving experience
Suzuki has revealed the first official images of the upcoming Swift Sport, due to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. It augments the all-new Swift range, officially launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and due in South Africa later this year.
Not much is known about the exact technical specifications of the new Swift Sport, but the images do provide some clues, including that this latest version of the iconic hot hatch will be powered by a turbocharged engine – a first for the nameplate.
The powertrain will use an uprated version of Suzuki’s 1,4-litre Boosterjet four-cylinder engine. While no output data has been divulged, the Sport is expected to offer around 120 kW of maximum power.
Add a weight reduction of more than 100 kg, and the new Swift Sport should offer a power-to-weight ratio of around 125 kW/ton. Add nimbler handling, and the Sport should offer a cracking driving experience. Drive remains to the front wheels via a six-speed gearbox.
Visually, key hallmarks include a lower, wider stance, thanks to sporty body kit with more aggressive air intakes, wider tracks and larger wheels with low-profile rubber. The dual exhaust tailpipes of the previous Swift Sport have been retained, while carbon fibre-look details add further visual lustre.
The interior is unashamedly sporty, with high-backed, form-hugging bucket seats, black-and-red detailing, and a full-colour touchscreen display in the centre stack. A thicker-rimmed steering wheel with multifunction controls frames an analogue speedometer and crimson-hued rev counter.
Of course, the new Swift Sport benefits from the new-generation Swift’s attributes, which include reduced mass, improved aerodynamics, a shorter turning circle, and a longer wheelbase allowing more interior space and a bigger boot.
The new Swift will reach South African shores before the end of 2017, and we’re holding thumbs that the Sport flagship will be part of the line-up from the word go.