Suzuki Swift Sport makes its global debut at Frankfurt

Suzuki Swift Sport makes its global debut at Frankfurt

Suzuki Swift Sport makes its global debut at Frankfurt

The third-generation Swift Sport, weighing just 970kg, is 50mm longer than the standard Swift at 3,890mm, and is 1,735mm wide and 1,500mm tall.

The kerb weight of the brand's popular performance model - which Suzuki now says can be regarded as a genuine hot hatch - has been cut by some 80kg.

In place of the previous model's 1.6-litre Boosterjet engine the new vehicle is fitted with a 1.4-litre version, turbocharged for the first time.

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The engine will be exclusively mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, rather than the CVT automatic offered in lower-grade models.

The Swift Sport also features a new suspension setup and has 120mm of ground clearance which is 15mm less than the last Sport.

The new vehicle promises to up the ante with a stiffer structure and a footprint increased courtesy a 20 mm-longer wheelbase and a stance that's 40 mm wider and 15 mm lower.

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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. Monroe shock absorbers are also fitted here, and the torsional rigidity of the torsion beam has tuned for improved roll stiffness.

Suzuki also notes the tread is 40 mm wider at both ends to help with straight-line stability, and the body has been lowered by 15 mm and widened by 40mm to create a more athletic stance. If yellow isn't for your cup of tea, consider the six other colours - Burning Red Pearl Metallic, Speedy Blue Metallic, Pure White Pearl, Premium Silver Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic or Super Black Pear (Captain Jack will be pleased). Another major improvement is a weight loss of almost 180 pounds - definitely a big deal in a small vehicle like this - as the new model tips the scales at less than 2,140 lbs.

Inside, Swift Sport gets a D-shaped steering wheel with dimpled leather and satin finish, piano black accents and red cross-stitching. "So we've made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way". This supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus there are lots of safety features including auto emergency brakes, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise.

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