Suzuki Swift Sport debuts at Frankfurt

The 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport's cabin too looks familiar yet sporty with those red accents

Powered by a 1.4-litre BoosterJet petrol engine, the new vehicle has 140PS - like the outgoing Swift Sport - but with a lower kerb weight and 70Nm more torque, at 230Nm. While increased by only a couple of horsepower to 140hp, torque jumps 70Nm to 230Nm.

The Swift Sport features an exclusive front grille and bumper, and aerodynamic front-lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and roof-end spoiler. On the inside, accent panels, colour-contrasted gauges and precision dials are created to provide visual impact, while semi-bucket seats and high-quality textures keep the driver firmly in control of the fun.

The new BoosterJet gasoline unit produces 140 hp (103 kW) at 5,500 rpm and, more importantly, 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque - up from 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) in the previous-generation model. The turbocharger system is equipped with normally-closed wastegate valve control, which defaults to the closed position to provide excellent response in normal driving, and opens to minimise fuel consumption when cruising. The weight of the Swift Sport has been reduced by about 80 kg and now weighs just 970 kg despite being 50 mm longer than the regular Suzuki Swift. Alongside the weight saving, rigidity is improved helped by a continuous frame layout, while spot welding of the body is also increased to further add rigidity for both handling and refinement gains.

Thanks to the Heartect platform of the last Swift, this Sport version loses 80kg compared to its predecessor to fall under the tonne with 970kg empty. The rear suspension features a thicker torsion beam and revised dampers to give it better high-speed stability. Unlike the previous three-door Swift Sport, it now comes exclusively as a five-door hatch. "It's more aggressive and emotive, but we've also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day", said Suzuki chief engineer Masao Kobori.

Inside it's set apart by sports seats, red inlays, a flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as additional gauges (for boost and oil temperature). The chrome finished shift knob and alloy pedals complement the design.

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