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New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

4x4 Suzuki Swift in the works

2011-03-09 07:30

ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SUPERMINI?: Suzuki’s new Swift will debut in South Africa later in 2011. Will it include a new all-wheel drive version?

Suzuki doesn't field a works World Rally championship team any more but the company’s rally heritage could inspire a new all-wheel drive version of the Swift to be sold in right-hand drive markets.

With British motorists having experienced one of the most severe winters on record, Suzuki’s product planners and engineers are seriously investigating the possibility of releasing a right-hand drive version of the all-wheel drive Swift - already available in Germany.

WEIGHT PENALTY

These all-wheel drive Swifts are powered by the company’s latest 68kW, 1.2-litre engine and use a viscous coupling to send torque to the rear wheels when the front wheels start to lose traction.

The traction-enhanced Swift’s all-wheel drive hardware incurs a 90kg weight penalty and the car also features 25mm greater ground clearance so overall performance will be less than front-wheel drive models.

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