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2011-03-02 10:31

SWIFTER SPORT COMING: Fixed rear wing. Twin exhausts. Don’t you wish Suzuki wants to get back into WRC and race this thing?

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Suzuki
Model S-Concept
Engine 1.6l
Transmission Six-speed manual
Suzuki’s Swift Sport is one of the most endearing compact performance hatchbacks around.

With the new (third-generation) Swift launched in Europe towards the end of 2010, speculation started gathering momentum as to what a possible Swift Sport replacement would look like.

Thanks to its S-Concept’s debut at the Geneva auto show, speculation can now turn to adulation as Suzuki’s next Swift Sport should be a humdinger of a compact hot hatch, staying true to its predecessor’s rewarding dynamics and Banzai styling.

The S-Concept features more prominent fenders and side skirts (adding 60mm of overall width to the little car), whilst an ornate rear wing and large 18-inch alloys combine to render the required level of boy-racer aesthetic to the Swift Sport replacement’s styling. Aero cut-outs behind the front and ahead of the rear wheel arches add even more naughty hot hatch design appeal.

Inside the three-door hatchback gains proper figure-hugging Recaro bucket seats (guaranteed to keep your posture neat and driving position true when driving on the limit), whilst some carbon-fibre is weaved into sections of the fascia.

Six-speed box - finally...

Although Suzuki is mum concerning the S-Concept’s performance figures and engine output statistics, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine should in all probability improve upon the current Swift Sport’s 92kW peak power output, broaching the 100kW barrier.

Suzuki engineers have added an additional ratio to the manual transmission (making its  six-speed h-gate), a change that should improve both economy and performance.

The S-Concept should not be significantly altered when it transforms into its role as Swift Sport replacement. Expect the 18-inch alloys, for instance, to be replaced by less harsh-riding 17-inch wheels. For the rest (bar perhaps that rear wing), most S-Concept details should carry over to the production Swift Sport.

Suzuki’s all-new Swift arrives in South Africa later in 2011.

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