You won’t have long to wait for the replacement Suzuki Swift Sport. This new, very yellow high-performance version of the regular Swift hatchback will be on sale early 2018.
Based on the all-new Swift we revealed last year, it’ll be the first Sport to get a turbocharged engine as Suzuki hunts for more performance along with, crucially, lower CO2 emissions and cheaper running costs.
Check out the savings on the regular model using our Suzuki Swift deals page.
Suzuki has offered a glimpse into how the Swift Sport drives with a teaser video. It looks like the new model will be as good or better to drive than the last model that was already known for its agile and grippy handling. What’s more, the interior photo shows that the traction control can be turned off so the new Sport will probably be great fun to chuck around a race track.
The old car’s fizzy 1.6-litre non-turbo petrol engine is swapped out for a 1.4-litre turbo used in the Vitara S. It only gets an extra 4hp over the last model but adds a lot more torque from low engine speeds, so the performance of the new model will feel faster both when driving hard and when cruising. It should hit 0-62mph in less than eight seconds, but fuel economy should still be respectable thanks to the car’s light weight.
Its styling is sportier than previous versions and features a much larger grille than the regular model to send more cooling air to the engine. The design of the mesh inside the grille is also new and looks much more menacing than the standard car’s slatted grille.
The entire front bumper is completely new with deeper air intakes and a noticeable chin spoiler. Either side of the lower intake are fog light housings with a more pronounced rim helping the car look wider and lower.
New side skirts also feature and the rear bumper and spoiler will probably be upgraded and have a sportier look. Unlike non-Sport models, the exhaust tips are larger, chromed and integrated into the carbon-fibre-effect rear bumper.
Firmer sports suspension will be fitted to the Swift Sport, meaning the car will sit lower than regular models, reducing body roll and helping it feel more agile. It’ll target the Ford Fiesta ST when it goes on sale, so we expect it to handle well and feel planted on the road.
The Swift Sport rides on large, five-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels and low-profile tyres. The headlights, door mirrors and ‘floating’ roof have all been carried over from the rest of the range, and the rear door handles are hidden in the C pillar for a coupe-like appearance.
It’s hard to mistake the Swift Sport’s interior for a standard model. There’s lots of sporty red trim, red contrast stitching and glowing red dials, as well as aluminium-effect pedals. Gloss black inserts and the colourful centre console add a slightly premium feel, although some of the plastics look scratchy and hard. Sporty bucket seats help stop the driver from being thrown around in fast corners.
From images, we can see that the Swift Sport comes with cruise control, voice command, air con and USB connectivity. There’s also the potential for Suzuki to install different driving modes, meaning the Sport can be tailored for a B-road blast or softened up for a long motorway journey.
We are planning to run a track day at Oulton Park once the new Swift is launched so watch this space for a date.
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