DOWNSIZING company car drivers don’t need to sacrifice driving pleasure. We know we’ve said this before but it’s absolutely true, as the new Suzuki Swift Sport demonstrates.
The Swift Sport isn’t really a hot hatch in the contemporary sense. It’s lacking the necessary power to really compete with the formidable RS and Type Rs of this world. Instead Suzuki has offered a lighter car with a bit more punch that offers huge doses of fun without any of the insurance and running cost drawbacks.
Distilled essence of hot hatch then.
The third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport unveiled in Frankfurt features a lower, wider stance, more aggressive styling, and a torque-to-weight ratio that should give the Swift Sport a real sense of excitement.
The front grille and bumper have been redesigned, and spoiler, side skirts, and rear diffuser added to give the Swift Sport a suitably swift and sporty feel. The Suzuki Swift is a good looking car in standard guise, the Sport adds a bit more muscle.
The 1.4 BOOSTERJET petrol engine delivers the power while a new turbocharger helps the engine produce impressive torque from low in the rev range. The small engine, clever turbocharger, and six-speed manual transmission allows the Suzuki Swift Sport to make the most of the performance and still optimise fuel consumption.
The interior is trimmed with red accents and contrasting colours. The D-shaped multifunction steering wheel, chrome finished shift knob and sports alloy pedals complement the sports driving experience. On the practical side you also get Bluetooth Smartphone Linkage with a 7-inch touchscreen and a SD Card 3D-map navigation.
“We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else,” says chief engineer of the new Suzuki Swift Sport, Masao Kobori, “so we’ve made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way.”
That just about sums it up perfectly: The new Suzuki Swift Sport, stimulating in every way.