The Suzuki Swift Sport was once one of the most recognizable Superminis in the country. However, since Suzuki Malaysia folded and jumped ship to collaborate with Proton, the citizens won’t get to see any more Suzukis, much less the Swift Sport,
But fret not, as we bring you the latest update on the New Suzuki Swift Sport, which was introduced late last year in Japan and at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Rolling out in Europe from 1 June, the Swift Sport comes with plenty of standard equipment and unique sport interior. The interior trim has semi bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas. Other highlights include satellite navigation, leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and six speakers.
Exterior-wise, the car gets LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, body colored door mirrors; just to name a few.
In dimensions, the Supermini measures 3,890mm in length, 1,735mm (wide), 1,495mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,450mm. Based on its very low kerb weight of 975kg and a torque figure of 230Nm, the new Swift Sport has a torque-to-weight ratio of 4.2 kg/Nm placing it at a similar level to its hot hatch competitors.
After the introduction of the 1.4-liter Boosterjet turbocharged engine in Vitara and S-Cross during 2016, this engine technology is now extended to the new Swift Sport. This unit has an output of 140PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). It offers 44 per cent more torque than the previous model which is available from just 2,500rpm. Offering the same level of power and torque of a much larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-liter), it delivers an effortless drive and genuine driving pleasure. In addition, the new Sport has an improved maximum torque figure of 230Nm which is available from just 2,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The previous Sport model developed 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.
Suzuki’s flagship sports model
Fitting with its position as Suzuki’s flagship sports model, the advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimized roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response. Suspension roll angle has also been significantly reduced compared with the previous model and is now on par with its closest competitors. Carrying on from its predecessors, the new Swift Sport uses Monroe shock absorbers, which have a reputation for high performance.
The Swift Sport has an enhanced braking system to that of the standard Swift in order to match the additional performance available. The front ventilated brake discs are 285mm in diameter with a width of 24mm and a calliper diameter of 123.5mm. The rear discs are of solid design and now incorporate a different brake pad material with higher fade resistance for improved braking performance at high temperatures.
Some of key assistance systems available include Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS) and Lane departure warning / Lane departure prevention function.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport will start retailing at 16,499 pounds.