The eye-catching good looks and European-inspired driving dynamics of Suzuki’s Swift form the perfect basis for a higher performance derivative. That potential has now been realised with the launch of the new flagship model, the Swift Sport 3-door hatchback, which offers an exciting driving experience in a highly practical and stylish package.
Building on feedback from the Company’s motor sport programme, the latest Swift derivative blends a sports-tuned version of the capable chassis with a Junior World Rally Championship-honed, high-revving 1.6 litre VVT engine to deliver an intoxicating mix that’s of instant appeal to the enthusiast driver.
Agile handling is matched with scintillating performance and the 0 to 62 mph benchmark comes up in just 8.9 seconds - considerably quicker than the Citroen C2 VTR and MINI One and an improvement even on the MINI Cooper.
Among the external features unique to the Swift Sport are a deeper front bumper incorporating a distinctive lower grille, redesigned rear bumper and lights and stylish 17 inch alloy wheels. They are complemented inside by a striking red and black trim colour combination, sports seats and stylish highlights such as brushed stainless steel pedals.
The uprated chassis features stiffer springs and dampers, with ESP (Electronic Stability Control) providing an added sense of security.
Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, curtain airbags, MP3-audio compatibility, front foglamps, steering wheel audio controls and Keyless start.
Sales commence in the UK during October and the price will be announced at or just after September’s Paris Motor Show where the European-spec Swift Sport makes its public debut; expect it to be in the region of £11,500 on the road.
The Sport, along with the rest of the Swift range for Europe, is built at Magyar Suzuki Corporation, Hungary, although such is the demand that current production constraints are likely to limit supply.