Suzuki Swift Sport

Swift in name, swift in nature

The Sport’s newly developed twin-cam 1.6 litre VVT petrol engine has been fully tried and tested in the heat of top-level rallying competition, since it forms the basis of the JWRC Swift.

The M16A 16-valve, 1586 cc unit delivers a maximum power output of 125 PS at 6800 rpm. The 148 Nm peak torque is reached at 4800 rpm. 62 mph from standstill is dispatched in 8.9 seconds, while top speed is 124 mph. Despite the new Swift’s sporting credentials, it still returns a creditable 37.7 mpg on the Combined cycle.

The engine’s exciting performance comes courtesy of components tuned exclusively for the Swift Sport. Variable valve timing optimises efficiency for abundant torque and strong acceleration across the rev range, with high-lift intake and exhaust cams boosting engine performance at high revs.

An electronic throttle provides close control and maximises responsiveness, while the intake manifold is specially widened and has polished internal surfaces that enhance the incoming airflow for higher power. Features such as pistons warm-forged for strength and oil jet cooled enhance durability and permit a high compression ratio of 11.1:1 for greater output.

And a high capacity exhaust system plays its part in boosting efficiency, as well as sounding great thanks to a resonant, full-bodied note that never fails to heighten the exhilaration of driving the Swift Sport.

The 1.6 litre engine is mated to a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission and uprated clutch. Suzuki has paid particular attention to tuning the quality of the gear selection mechanism and the result is an effortless and slick shifting action, allowing rapid and positive changes that enhance the driving experience.

Inspires driving

The Swift Sport’s size and exceptional packaging mean it excels in a city environment, but its performance and dynamics will undoubtedly encourage driving on open and challenging roads, simply for the pleasure of it.

Designed to inspire excitement and confidence in equal measures, the chassis’ wide track and 2.38 m wheelbase form the ideal foundation. Specially stiffened and strengthened components provide even greater agility and control than the standard models and an inherently stiff bodyshell ensures there is no undue twisting or bending. Yet the Swift Sport still manages to achieve a sophisticated and comfortable ride.

MacPherson strut suspension at the front is matched by a torsion beam and coil springs at the rear, the low unsprung weight enabling effective control of camber angle and toe-in to deliver accurate and predictable handling. Unique to the Sport are carefully selected Monroe shock absorbers for enhanced damping characteristics and uprated springs and bushings.

As part of the standard package, there’s also the added security of ESP (Electronic Stability Control) for stable and exciting driving performance, but tuned so as not to be overly intrusive. ESP identifies potentially dangerous driving situations and through the use of engine torque control and selective braking of individual wheels, works to bring the car back into line in the event of either oversteer or understeer before the onset of complete loss of control.

The Sport’s new-specification, electronically controlled power steering system gives an optimal balance between effort and feel, ensuring the driver feels in touch with the road and is provided with instant feedback.

Finally, the 17 inch alloy wheels with low profile tyres provide excellent grip, while confidence inspiring stopping power with a linear feel comes from large disc brakes all round, ventilated at the front.

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Published : 05/09/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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