Showcased at JIMS is the Suzuki Swift Sport – a more performance-oriented version of the Swift hatchback.
Featuring a muscular 1.6-litre engine, short-shift gearbox and disc brakes all round, with hot hatch looks to match, the Swift Sport is a true pocket rocket that’s set to propel the Swift nameplate into the fast lane.
It also looks the pocket rocket part. Viewed from the front, the deeper front bumper, with its integrated airdam, is home to a large, secondary air intake, flanked by round fog lamps on either side.
Extended sills link the more aggressively flared front and rear wheel arches, while the rear bumper incorporates a meshed rear apron. Twin, large-bore exhaust tail pipes provide further visual confirmation that this is no ordinary Swift, while a roof spoiler above the rear screen is standard.
The Swift Sport rides on specially designed, 16-inch alloy wheels, shod with grippy Bridgestone 195/50 R16 high-performance tyres.
The engine features VVT variable valve timing and has a maximum power output of 92 kW at 6 800 r/min, linked to a torque peak of 148 Nm at 4 800 r/min.
As a result, the Swift Sport accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8,9 sec and is credited with a maximum speed of 198 km/h.
Drive is to the front wheels via a quick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox.
Standard Electronic stability control ensures that the power is fed to the wheels as efficiently as possible, while an all-disc braking system with ABS and EBD.
Suzuki says the Swift Sport should become available towards the last quarter of 2009.