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2011-09-12 14:05
The Suzuki Swift Sport, the pocket rocket of the Swift range, was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show and besides being new, it seems much better than its predecessor.

The Swift Sport’s exterior has a sporty look to it with a large front grille flanked by finned fog lamp bezels.

Newly developed headlights with a grey coating and newly designed rear combination lights complete the lighting element. It retains its three-door configuration, maintaining its sporty value.

New aerodynamic parts control airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual centre of gravity.

At 3.89m long, 1.7m wide, 1.5m high with a 2.4m wheelbase, the Swift looks a stable and good-handling number at high speeds.


The Sport’s powerful 1.6 engine is based on the previous model and with the addition of a variable intake system, optimisation of the intake VVT and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 92kW to 100kW, as good as any 1.6 engine going around.

It's also accompanied by a six-speed gearbox with a triple-cone synchromesh for first and second gears. Standard features are ABS with EBD and ESP.

Torque is up from 148Nm to 160Nm and CO2 emissions are down from 165g/km to 147g/km. All round improvement from the previous model is completed with the fuel consumption drop to 5.33l/100km from 5.91l/100km.

Seventeen-inch aluminium-alloy wheels come standard on the Sport, replacing the hard-riding 18-inch variant and are said to be 1kg lighter.

The interior includes newly designed sport seats, a five-dial meter cluster, seven airbags and pillars that have shock-absorbing materials.

The Sport is set to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012 and the pricing will be announced at the launch.

Latest from Frankfurt 2011.


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